Catching up with Chuck Prather: The logistics of running three restaurants at the end of The Pier

Ten years has elapsed since developer Chuck Prather bought the 1920-vintage Grayl’s Hotel for $1.8 million. He transformed the vacant Beach Drive wreck into the Birchwood, an 18-room boutique hotel with a swanky restaurant at ground level, and a rooftop bar with breathtaking views of downtown and the bay. The renovations came to more than […]

‘First Flight’ monument installed at the St. Pete Pier

It’s been nearly 107 years since pilot Tony Jannus flew a wood and canvas “airboat” across the bay from St. Petersburg to Tampa in 23 minutes. January 1, 1914 was historically significant not just for our area but for the world as we know it: Because Jannus’ floating biplane carried a paying passenger, who’d paid […]

November in the arts: Let’s all Van Gogh to the Dali   Van Gogh’s actual canvases aren’t coming to St. Petersburg – not this year, anyway – but starting Nov. 21 we’ll have what may be the next best thing. The multi-media Van Gogh Alive, created by the Australian company Grande Experiences, will make its first stop in the United States right here at the Salvadore […]

One Community Plan honors Black businesswomen, 1Pier

By Margie Manning via St. Pete Catalyst Entrepreneurs participating in 1Pier (Photo credit: Facebook post by Deborah Figgs-Sanders) Nine Black businesswomen were honored Saturday for their participation in 1Pier. The nine entrepreneurs have made history as the first African-American business collective to operate a kiosk at the St. Pete Pier Marketplace. 1Pier is a social […]

St. Pete Eats with Wendy Wesley [Video]

Wendy Wesley, health education manager for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, went into the kitchen to prepare a recipe from the recently released St. Pete Eats: A Cookbook. The cookbook is the result of a partnership between St. Pete deputy mayor and city administrator Kanika Tomalin and more than 30 beloved local restaurants. Related content: ‘St. […]

Andi Matheny’s ‘chat show’ is now on Amazon Prime

Amazon has picked up the pilot episode of Good Morning St. Pete!, the web series written and directed by St. Petersburg acting teacher Andi Matheny. The 30-minute comedy, shot locally, is available free to Amazon Prime subscribers. Matheny stars as Los Angeles’ Stacy McAndrew, the former host of Who’s Your Boyfriend?, washed up in the Big Leagues […]