On Friday, November 1, 2019, the team behind Tampa’s Armature Works announced they will be opening a new food hall in Downtown St. Petersburg’s Sundial shopping center. The following article was written by Helen Freund with the Tampa Bay Times. To read the full article, click here.
New food hall at Sundial will replace Locale Market and stores
The team behind Tampa’s Armature Works’ Heights Public Market will open a new food hall in part of downtown St. Petersburg’s Sundial.
The announcement Friday was detailed in a press release from Armature Works co-owner Chas Bruck, who said the project would include redeveloping 25,000 square feet of the downtown retail space, including the areas currently occupied by tenants Locale Market and FarmTable Cucina.
“We are very excited to extend our brand across the bay and into downtown St. Petersburg,” Bruck said in the release. “While we have an ambitious timeline for completion, we look forward to launching this unique food hall experience for the entire community to enjoy.”
Sundial owner Bill Edwards lauded the new development plans, calling the downtown shopping and dining destination a “catalyst for growth in downtown St. Pete.”
Other retail spaces affected by the new development plans include Jacki Z Style Co., which will move to the East side of the shopping complex, and Wellness Center at Sundial and D-Gallerie Fine Arts, which will both close. The project will also take over several vacant retail spaces on the building’s lower level. The AMC Sundial 20 movie theater will remain open.
Italian restaurant FarmTable Cucina and the gourmet grocer Locale Market, which opened in late 2014, will stay open throughout the holidays and close at the end of this year. The restaurant-market hybrid from acclaimed chef Michael Mina and Don Pintabona underwent several revamps throughout its roughly five-year tenure at Sundial, and the dining options received frequent praise from local critics.
“The last five years has been an incredible experience and we feel honored to have helped shape the food culture in St. Petersburg,” Mina said in a statement. “With so many other projects and opportunities in front of me, I felt now was the right time to pass the torch.”