The 2,700-square-foot restaurant and raw bar will hold its “official” opening March 14
ST. PETE BEACH, FL – Did someone say lobster rolls, garlic parmesan oysters, she crab soup and rum cake? A full bar? An open-air, upscale vibe that makes you feel like you’ve been transplanted to Cape Cod at the height of summer season? Then you’ve discovered The Helm, St. Pete Beach’s newest “locals” establishment.
After construction delays, a freak accident and co-owners Heidi and Michael Butler wanting to get things “just right” before opening, The Helm Provisions and Coastal Fare will hold its celebratory ribbon cutting on March 14 at 4:30 p.m. The event will take place at the restaurant, 7736 Blind Pass Road, at 4:30 p.m. or, as Heidi notes, “perfect cocktail time.” The Butlers, hotel and restaurant industry veterans and co-founders of Haran Hospitality, will be joined by several St. Pete Beach city officials and Chamber members.
“We are thrilled beyond belief to finally be open,” Heidi Butler said. We are so fortunate to already have the support of our community here in St Pete Beach – we already have regulars!”
The Butlers signed their lease on the space, which is the former Verducci’s restaurant, on May 28, 2021 and immediately got to work on a full-scale buildout and renovation, which now includes a market-style fresh-catch cold case, a display of cook-at-home items as well as grab-and-go selections for beach goers. The restaurant also features a raw bar, a full liquor bar and a “Captain’s Table” for special occasion diners. The Butlers held a soft opening the weekend of February 19 and have been open for business since.
“We have always fantasized about having our own place,” said Heidi Butler. “Witnessing our dreams becoming a reality has been a surreal experience, and we can’t wait to provide our guests with top-notch food, drink and service for years to come.”