Beach Drive keeps its trendy ways going.
Downtown St. Petersburg's trendy Beach Drive has seen upscale bars and eateries come and go over the past decade, but one of the stalwarts has been Cassis American Brasserie, a restaurant inspired by the cafes of Paris. Ensconced on the high-traffic corner of Second Avenue North and Beach Drive, it opened seven years ago as a unique mash-up of a bar, bakery and bistro.
The restaurant's principals, including executive chef Jeremy Duclut, decided it was a time for a change and closed Cassis in mid-September for a major makeover. The plans include renovations to the indoor bar, the kitchen, interior fixtures and exterior signage, according to a statement.
“We've had an amazing seven years in St. Pete and want to continually elevate our guests' experience,” Duclut says in the release, which bills the makeover as a refresh with a side of efficiency. “Having learned a lot since our opening in 2010, we are putting experience to good use by raising the bar and keeping pace with St. Pete's growing foodie experience culture.”
The changes also involve the extension of an outdoor lounge and cabana area on the corner of Second Avenue North, which Cassis believes will be the most significant and functional upgrade. The area — set to be complete in mid-to-late October — will be known as “The Lounge at Cassis” and will feature four cabanas and two high-top tables, as well as an exclusive cocktail menu. The rest of the renovations were completed Sept. 22, when the restaurant reopened for dinner service after being closed all week.