New vegan cafe The Works is coming to historic downtown St. Pete

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Pete’s General’s former historic downtown location has only been vacant for a few weeks, but the people behind Squeezing the juice works just announced plans to open a new vegan cafe out of space at 495 7th Ave. NOT.

The Works will be an extension of the beloved juice bar, but with more specialty drinks and food options – its instagram describes it as “a playground of herbal vegan foods that cross cultures, heal the body, and invigorate the soul.”

This new plant-based cafe is the culinary child of Squeeze Juice Works owner Kelly Lessem, juice bar manager Kendra Hardesty and Meaghan Martin, the chef behind local vegan pop-up Meghan’s Munchies. Martin has been supplying both Squeeze locations with on-the-go vegan meals for some time now, so in addition to the expected juices and smoothies, the Works menu will also include made-to-order sandwiches, salads, soups and other light bites.

Although Flat bread and butter the cafe will be right next door, I like Burg saidThe Works will also sell coffee and other caffeinated drinks, like its Wake & Bake latte, with espresso, honey, CBD oil, vanilla and plant-based milk.

Petes General closed its historic Uptown location earlier this month to focus on its Grand Central store, which has the space to produce its popular bagels and baked goods on a larger scale.

The trio have announced that construction of their new vegan cafe has just begun, so follow their @theworks_stpete on Instagram for a behind-the-scenes look at the progress. Squeeze Juice Works, which landed a The best of the bay or two for the best cold pressed juice – has two locations in St. Petersburg. Visit either location at 675 30th Ave. N or 18 22nd St. S to get a taste of what to expect when The Works debuts soon.

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