Make us your home page
Instagram

Engine Rose in St. Petersburg has closed

Engine Rose, the sister restaurant to St. Petersburg burger joint Engine No. 9, quietly closed Aug. 9.

The restaurant in the Grand Central District was originally opened in 2012 by Jason Esposito, the owner of Engine No. 9 and son of Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Tony Esposito.

On Facebook Aug. 9, Jason Esposito indicated that when it came down to the lease renewal, Engine Rose declined.

"We enjoyed the three years there and all the great people we got to serve," Esposito wrote. "Rents are changing and the city is on a fast track to grow which is a catch-22."

Property Manager Bill Hillman said the outdoor restaurant originally planned to close for kitchen renovations, but things changed at the start of the week.

"They decided not to renovate, but instead focus their attention on their other property," he said.

READ MORE: Engine No. 9 serves as sanctuary for Chicago Blackhawks fans in Tampa Bay Lightning country

The restaurant was known to many as a spot great for larger parties on its outside patio and a menu that differed from some of the options available at Engine No. 9. On Sundays, Engine Rose served brunch with twelve different kinds of eggs benedict, priced at $8.50 each. ( Our ode to the $8.50 Eggs Benedict. )

A "For Lease" sign went up on Aug. 9 and by the afternoon of Aug. 10, Esposito was at the restaurant helping break the space down.

"Just the picture of a dying rose," he said.

Despite the closure and a rising rent at the original Engine location, Esposito is looking toward expanding the brand.

He teased "looking over the other side of the bridge to open a brand new space" in his Facebook post. "As a company we want to grow and this gives us the opportunity to regroup and look forward to the future," he wrote.

READ MORE: Laura Reiley reviews Engine Rose.

But not all will be lost for fans of the hamburger hotspot. Hillman said he does not plan to get rid of the airstream Engine Rose used as a kitchen.

"I hope to keep it there," he said. "It just depends on what the next tenant's business plans are."

Engine Rose in St. Petersburg has closed 08/11/17 [Last modified: Friday, August 11, 2017 4:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Review: Kevin Young gives readers the truth about 'Bunk'

    Books

    We live in the age of the hoax.

    Believe me.

    And if you don't believe me, believe Kevin Young, author of the sometimes disturbing but always fascinating new book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.

  2. Why is eggnog a holiday tradition? Exploring fresh renditions of the classic drink

    Bars & Spirits

    Eggnog dates back to medieval times when the British enjoyed a drink called "posset" that was made with hot milk, ale and spices. Later it became a drink for the wealthy who added expensive brandy or sherry. It was the alcohol that kept the milk from spoiling when there was no refrigeration.

  3. Wine of the week: Georges DuBoeuf 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau

    Bars & Spirits

    It would hardly be the holidays without Beaujolais nouveau.

  4. Exploring the incredible color, cuisine, culture of India

    Travel

    DELHI

    As I slid my shoes off and handed the man a five-rupee note before entering the Jama Masjid mosque, I could feel the heat from the red stone against my heels. I could also feel the intense stares of the Delhi locals. I don't know which made me sweat more.

  5. Plan your weekend Dec. 15-17: Katy Perry, boat parades, Star Wars parties, comics Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Carbonaro

    Consumer

    Plan your weekend

    Superstar

    Katy Perry: In the ever-escalating arms race to be the most eye-popping pop star on the planet, sometimes you have to call in for backup. Even if you're Katy Perry. When plotting her lavishly spectacular Witness Tour, which arrives in Tampa on Friday, …