After four and a half years in the historic Jordan Building at 1113 Central Avenue, in St. Petersburg's Edge District, Ricky P’s Orleans Bistro will be closing and moving to a new location in north St. Petersburg.
The Edge District's popularity has caused rental prices to rise dramatically in the past two years, Ricky P's owners, Rick and Lisa Parsons, said. And the upcoming rent hike was just too much, so the couple decided to move back to Fourth Street North, where their original PoBoy shop first opened.
“We want to concentrate on what we do best: produce great tasting New Orleans, Creole and Cajun classics at affordable prices and also put more emphasis on catering,” Rick Parsons says. The new restaurant will be rebranded Ricky P's Creole Kitchen and also offer prepared meals to go and more comfort food, which before they had offered only on the catering menu and as specials.
Creole Kitchen will be just north of Gandy Boulevard in the Bayview Plaza, 11002 4th Street North, alongside Cody's Roadhouse Grill and Skyway Jack's Cafe. The new restaurant will take the space that formally held GoodFella's Pizza for the past 20 years.
Ricky P's current location's last day is July 31, 2016. The Parsons expect the new place to be open shortly after.
Rick grew up in New Orleans and learned to cook from his Cajun Mama Marie and her sister, his beloved Aunt Thelma. He then worked at Jack’s Po Boy Shop while attending the University of New Orleans. He started the Ricky P’s brand at the Saturday Morning Market in 2008, then opened Ricky P’s Po Bo Shop on 4th Street shortly thereafter and the cafe in Bob Lee's Tires in early 2012.
Ricky P’s Creole Kitchen will be smaller than the Central Avenue location (2,600 square feet, vs. 3,800), but bigger than the original Po Boy Shop, so the Parsons say "this size will be just right!"
The Kitchen will offer daily happy hour promotions to encourage patrons to stop in on their way home, and will also feature a daily chef’s special and packaged food to go including stuffed peppers, Crawfish cornbread, spinach & artichoke dip, corn maque choux, seafood lasagna, crawfish mac & cheese, muffaletta pasta salad, and seafood spreads.
For more information call (727) 821-4061 or visit www.RickyPs.com.