Remarkable Owners at The Old Key West Bar & Grill

Stopping in for the Wednesday $5 burger special at The Old Key West Bar & Grill on Central Avenue in St. Pete was a great experience in more ways than one.

Jim and I have driven past the tropically landscaped pastel colored corner restaurant so many times on the way to some of our favorite downtown dining destinations.

On this particular late January afternoon we noticed the burger special that was advertised on a hand written sandwich board and decided to stop in.

We were greeted by a very friendly man who directed us to sit wherever we liked and soon after doing so he appeared at our comfy over-sized booth to offer the menu and ask about our beverages.

When we inquired about the draft beer selection he proudly recited every single one and they seemed to number a dozen or so.

Within that selection were two that were notable for us, the locally made 3 Daughter’s Beach Blonde and the Big Storm Amber Ale.

We of course took advantage of the burger special which comes with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and pickles and a side order of crispy seasoned fries.

I couldn’t resist the bacon and American cheese for a slight add-on and Jim added Blue Cheese crumbles. The burger arrived quickly and was absolutely juicy and delicious.

After telling Mitch how much we appreciated his service and everything about our visit to The Old Key West Bar & Grill he told us how much he appreciated that as he and his wife Crystal are the owners.

We asked if we could take their photo and feature them as our Tampa Bay Owners of the Week which we list on our site under the tab Excellent Servers We Have Met.

They were very appreciative and it is apparent that they are a couple that puts a great deal of talent, passion, & excitement into their operation.

You can review their extensive menu offerings and fun weekly events on their very attractive website:

The only thing that would make this restaurant more authentic as a Key West Bar would be live chickens running around the restaurant.

We are now loyal fans and we’ll be stopping in soon for their fried fish dinner with home made hush puppies or maybe their Mexican Rice Bowl and a nice slice of Key Lime Pie.

Well done Mitch and Crystal as a couple who has worked together in the hospitality industry for over 40 years we like your spirit. This is a couple that truly believes in giving #remarkableservice. If you are looking to join the ranks of great servers making a great income or possibly becoming an owner of your own restaurant or bar consider viewing our training options at

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