We've just learned that the Emerald isn't closing, but losing its now-iconic bartenders — Judah and Levi Love.
The Loves purchased the old Mac Daddy's Liquor Lounge at 4625 28th St. N. in St. Petersburg. The new bar is called the Broken Tusk (on Tuesday, they hinted via Facebook that the name involved elephants). All we know is the Broken Tusk is a "dive bar/biker bar formerly known as Mac Daddys."
The Emerald, open since 1950, will continue to serve classic dive bar cocktails with a heavy pour, and bartender Mo will take over booking and management again.
The departure is amicable and today The Emerald posted, "On behalf of the Em, congrats guys!!"
There's no information yet about an exact opening, but you can check here for updates.