Not surprising, considering it was one of the worst-managed bars in the area. The space was nice and the food was pretty good (after a year of continuous promises), but that's where it ended.
The bar was doomed from the start: unknowledgable yet pompous bar staff, hundreds of year-old bottled beers in the cooler but no list to choose from, a poor liquor selection, and prices that were completely out of whack with the neighborhood. [hint: it's NE St Pete, not Midtown Manhattan. $8 beers and $12 well drinks don't fly here]
I enjoyed the selection of local draft beers, but the condescending service made it uncomfortable. Their days were numbered from the start.
I see Fresh Market as more of a direct competitor to Rollin' Oats, and with it's nearly-finished (and long awaited) expansion, it appears FM has not negatively impacted Rollin Oats.
I think the 4th Street neighborhood can support everyone. Just look at the TWO Publix (Publixes? Publii?) on 38th and 4th. The Northeast Shopping Center Publix has been consistently number one for the entire chain, so volume-wise there is enough room for another high-quality entrant.
It's also true that TJ is a much better corporate neighbor than others. Although Casita Taqueria is certainly acceptable (a place that's CLOSED on Sundays? What's up with THAT?), but what is that compared to a DECENT grocery store focusing on natural, vegetarian, vegan and especially non-GMO foods.
I, for one, welcome our new Trader Joe's overlords.
I would love a Trader Joe's on 4th St. but why can't they look at the vacant buildings at the corner of 38th N and what was going to be the Hip Hop Soda Shop down toward Gandy. Perhaps it's a matter of not enough parking though the Sarasota location is a parking nightmare.
As someone with multiple allergies, it's exciting to hear I will have more than one option going forward. Rolling Oats is great, but a second option would be nice, as well. I don't think the current locations of Casita and Ringside are that great... I don't go because... eh... not much happening on 4th.
I was very sad to hear that Casita, Ringside and other local businesses are getting displaced. I plan to continue to support them wherever they end up.
From what I've read, at least, TJ is one of the better big stores in terms of pay, service, etc. But there are plenty of other locations they could go in instead, where they would not be forcing out our existing independent businesses. Big and small, I think, could happily co-exist. But driving out the small ones is wrong, and having one Big Box after another will completely change -- for the worse -- the feel and character of St. Pete. -- Ester, LocalShops1
Can't wait!! hurry up already :)
Although I can't argue with the idea that Trader Joe's could more easily land in a vacant Sweetbay location I love Casita and don't go there nearly as much as I would like to simply because they have no parking. Move Casita and Ringside somewhere where there is more room to park and sit regardless of Trader Joe's but hurry up with Trader Joe's as I am sick of driving to Sarasota
dough...what a joke...overpriced or should i say priced right for the south tampa snobs who pay for overpriced mediocrity
as for the chef macchia? pretty sure we'll be reading about her departure from this venture before the middle of next year
lookin pretty tasty!
i am going to marry this man!
The Morans are an awesome couple and I'm glad that through Wimauma I've gotten to know them. Much success in your future!
Arielle, please reconsider your stance "there is no solid scientific evidence that GMOs are bad for you. But there have been no long-term studies on their effects, either."
I would like to submit this for review:
In the article you stated, "...there's no solid scientific evidence that GMOs are bad for you. But there have been no long-term studies on their effects, either. " This is not true. There is significant evidence that GMO's are extremely harmful in many ways and they are wreaking havoc on nature in the areas where they are used.
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Name: ALBANO, LOUIS ANTHONY
Docket #: 1232971
Arrest Date: 2/6/2007 7:44:00 PM
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ALBANO, LOUIS ANTHONY 1232971 2/6/2007 7:40:56 PM PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFF
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RELEASED - 2/6/2007 8:56 PM
SURETY BOND $0.00 1112365 PAPERWORK ONLY
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Offense Description: THEFT OF STATE FUNDS
Court Case Number: CRC0623360CFANO
Bond Assessed: $10,000.00
Bond Amount Due: $0.00
2012 Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
holy shit this place changed!!!!!!!!IT SUCKS REALLY BAD NOW...the food sucks the staff sucks!!!the coffee sucks!!the day is fast approaching that cafe bohemia will be closed for good.so i hope your happy now mr albano. you've created a dyeing cafe good job asshole!!i hope no one goes here and he can close the doors faster and a REAL business man can take it over
with noone* coming in... he cannot sell it, he doesn't own it.
he doesnt hold the note, he canot sell it he doesnt own it... he probably can barely pay his bills with not one coming in... its probably a lie.
lou albano if you read this you are destroying a place that so many in this area have come to love.why change something that is making money and keeping people happy?do you really think that you will make money on cakes and pies?no one wants this to happen so its not gonna work.i beg you please leave bohemia the way it is.bring back the vibe that everyone loves.i will support you 100% if you do.im sure that almost everyone will.if you change the name and do pasteries you should just locked the doors for good because you will fail.thanks for reading this mr.albalno
What a dick!!!!!!!!!!!get a live lou!!!!pastries really ?????small plates of food
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