Mayor Kriseman announces new Pier restaurant


Last week, newly re-christened Mayor Kriseman made a major decision about the new St. Petersburg Pier. He announced that the restaurant moving into the Pier will be Florida-born and Old Florida themed Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille. The local chain (with sister restaurants in Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, and Captiva), are inspired by the writing of Randy Wayne White, a New York Times best-selling author, and owner of Doc Ford’s.

According to Doc Ford’s website:

“Just as my novels are inspired by these islands, my days on the water, and the people I came to know, the spirit of this fine sports bar was inspired by the marine biologist who is the main character of those novels.

Doc Ford is the baseball-loving, tropical adventurer who – not so surprisingly – has spent a lot of time in the same far flung countries that I wrote about when I was monthly columnist for places such as Cuba, Cambodia, South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, Borneo, and all over South and Central America. It was while traveling for Outside and other magazines I came to know and love the superb cuisine of the rural tropics.”

Doc Ford’s restaurant will be the sole restaurant feature of the Pier, and will accompany an education center, wet classroom, and Pier park, as well as many other family-friendly features (hint: SPLASH PAD!!) to put the Pier on the top of mind as families decide where to spend their time in this beautiful city. Doc Ford’s has something for everyone, including fresh seafood, island mojitos (the restaurant’s signature drink), and a fine selection of rums (It is a rum bar & grill, after all). As the puzzle pieces fall into place, we are getting more and more eager to see the Pier come to life. Keep checking back with us for the latest updates.



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