The 22 South Food Hall, the revitalization project in the Deuces area of south St. Petersburg, may reopen with the financial backing of local investors.
Vincent Jackson, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver who died in February, was a partner in the Callaloo Group, which opened the food hall inside the venerable Manhattan Casino building in April. The food hall, a combination of several different mini-restaurants, was also an incubator for culinary startups and entrepreneurs.
Last week, the remaining Callaloo partners announced that Jackson’s estate had decided to pull support from 22 South.
A Monday notice on 22 South’s Facebook page said that “the remaining partners have been contacted by and are working closely with a group of community partners to reopen 22 South and the Manhattan Casino. Our member chefs have been consulted and agreed to return should an agreement be reached,” it read.
“We are encouraged with the progress of the negotiations and look forward to joining forces to continue the mission of creating opportunities within the community for new exciting restaurants.”
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