The group behind some of St. Pete’s hottest restaurants will debut their latest concept inside Station House this summer.
St. Petersburg-based restaurant management company Hunger Thirst Group, which is behind the Parc and Rec, No Vacancy, Dirty Laundry and The Avenue concepts, will open its new Asian fusion restaurant Good Fortune on the ground floor from the Station House at 260 1st Avenue S.
“I’ve wanted to do this for 12 years,” HTG founder and CEO Stephen Schrutt said in an interview with the St. Pete Catalyst, explaining how the long-held vision hasn’t come true so far due to timing and other concepts that have come to the fore. “I love Asian fusion and the different styles – Korean, Thai, Chinese.”
The 6,000 square foot space once housed a Japanese restaurant that shut down during the pandemic.
“I have known the owners for a long time and they are customers. We have had ongoing discussions about this space,” Schrutt said.
Station House is a 30,000 square foot century-old building that has been converted from a fire station and hotel into a co-working center. Schrutt was renovating a space on Central Avenue for the Dirty Laundry restaurant when Station House owners approached him about the opportunity. After negotiating for a few months, he signed a lease in the fall.
He said the decision was a strategic move as he will inherit a space with a functional kitchen and an existing clientele in the building.
The restaurant will include a 12-person sushi bar, a 14-person bar and an upscale cocktail bar. There will also be a private karaoke room, which can be rented by the hour.
“I’m the type of person who likes to see unique things come together. I don’t want to have to do the same thing over and over again,” he said, explaining how the other concepts speak to how he wants to create diversity in the city’s evolving food scene.
For example, Parc and Rec, which is a gaming bar located downtown and inside Tropicana Field, is known for its arcade machines and outdoor lawn games. Another restaurant is the No Vacancy bar, which is located on Central Avenue that carries a Florida retreat theme, and there’s also the Dirty Laundry concept, a speakeasy designed to look like a regular laundromat.
While HTG has secured the Station House space, the Golden Fortune menu is still in development as Schrutt said he’s been busy testing items his team has created in the kitchen.
He plans to operate the Golden Fortune from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. or later on weekdays and stay open until 1 a.m. on weekends. Hours may change depending on demand.