A new 114-key boutique hotel with a significant food and beverage focus has been proposed for the EDGE District of downtown St. Pete Florida. The 13-story hotel will rise 150 feet above the EDGE District on the corner of Central Avenue and 11th Street near Ilan Averbuch’s Sun on the EDGE roundabout sculpture. The project will have 321 feet of Central Avenue frontage. The development planned by developer Jonathan Daou, President of Eastman Equity. The project will consist of the main hotel tower plus approximately six food and beverage concepts scattered throughout, including a lobby bar, a pool bar on the 2nd floor, and a rooftop bar on the 13th floor with sweeping views of the downtown St. Pete skyline. The 1940s building that until recently housed Karma Juice Bar & Eatery will not be demolished, but instead be incorporated into the new hotel’s design and occupied by a new full-service restaurant. Albert Alfonso of Alfonso Architects is designing the project. Daou hopes to break ground on the hotel by early 2023 with an opening in the first half of 2024.