Munch’s, which has reigned for many years as “South St. Petersburg’s favourite breakfast spot and gossip middle,” is on the market.
The restaurant at 3920 sixth St. S and a number of other surrounding properties are listed on the market for $2,700,000.
“I am getting previous and I haven’t got any children to depart it to,” mentioned proprietor Larry Munch, who turns 68 in August. “I advertise to see if I may promote it as a result of I am getting shut, and we’ll see the place it goes from there.”
Munch’s dad and mom, Dean and Clariece, opened the enterprise as a sundry retailer and put up workplace in 1952. What started as sandwiches bought from their automobile grew right into a full restaurant. Munch hopes whoever buys it should maintain the restaurant alive.
“It could possibly be somebody youthful, with extra vitality, and that is simply what they’re searching for,” he mentioned. “Inform them I would like it to remain the identical.”
Lisa Ulrich, enterprise and funding specialist for Barkett Realty, mentioned the property consists of three parcels in entrance (Southside Espresso Brew Bar, Phillips Air Conditioning & Heating and Coquina Meat Market are the present tenants). There are two residential parcels within the again with tenants renting under market charge.
“Location is one factor,” Ulrich mentioned. “It is initially of Coquina Key, proper throughout from Grandview Park. It’s surrounded by good homes. You will have Mullet’s Fish Camp throughout the road. It is only a good little neighborhood retail middle.”
The property, which is simply over an acre, has already generated curiosity.
“Some see it as a redevelopment, however others see it to take care of and revitalize it,” he mentioned. “The worth-added alternatives there are unbelievable for the long run.”
Munch’s exterior has remained largely the identical since Larry Munch took over from his dad and mom in 1994. The menu nonetheless options longtime native favorites like the new meatloaf sandwich and the well-known fried hen, obtainable every day. Tuesdays and Saturdays. It is money solely.
“I am unable to change something,” Munch mentioned. “If I do, the neighborhood is in an uproar as a result of it is getting too fancy.”
A spotlight got here in 2011, when Man Fieri visited Munch’s to pattern their Texas Fried Rooster and Hash for “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” The episode nonetheless attracts new clients when it airs once more.
“It was improbable,” Munch mentioned. “He is an excellent man and he does so much for impartial firms.”
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As different beloved eating places have closed in recent times, from Coney Island Sandwich Store to Biff Burger, Munch hopes his eatery can stay a neighborhood staple.
“I’ve individuals speaking to me day by day, hoping it does not go away,” he mentioned.