A bastion of local beer culture will pull out of St. Petersburg next month. Independent bar St. Pete will close its doors on October 2, after six years in the Edge District.
The bar’s final days include a Burke Bros. concert. Trio on Friday, September 30. Indie St. Pete’s popular Sunday Jazz Project run by James Suggs – whose owner Veronica Danko will likely be missed more than anything – will be the final event, scheduled for Sunday, October 2.
“We are proud to have been the first to bring a world-class brewery to this wonderful city and are grateful for all the support over the years,” wrote Danko, who co-founded Indie St. Pete in 2005, in an email to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. “It’s a heartbreaking decision, but I’m convinced it’s the right one.”
Danko lived in St. Pete and raised her daughter there, so selling the building — not the brand — is a tough call, especially since she won’t have a place to see Indie St’s small staff anymore. Pete and many devotees. customers, including some who have been there since day one. “I will miss the connection I have with this community,” Danko added.
She told CL she sold the building to a group of partners that includes Ryan Griffin, who is involved with popular St. Pete concepts like The Mandarin Hide and TrophyFish. She wouldn’t disclose the finances behind the deal, but said the sale allowed her to focus on other projects.
Independent St. Pete opened in a different location in 2005 before closing in 2012. Four years later, Danko reopened as “Indie St. Pete 2.0” at its current location, 1049 Central Ave. After the closure, Independent, which once had a downtown Clearwater, will operate solely from its Seminole Heights location, which celebrates its 13th anniversary this fall.
Over the past two years, it has been difficult for Danko to keep its businesses open and properly care for its staff. During the pandemic, and as Tampa Bay’s restaurant industry pulls through, she’s become more motivated to simplify her life and make more time for her family and friends.
“Even though it pains me to let go, I know it’s the right decision. We’ve never had any pre-offers, but we’ve seen some interest recently and a deal has been done. very quickly,” she said.