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Caribbean bakery opens first Bay Area franchise

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 9, 2007


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ST. PETERSBURG

Golden Krust has opened its first Tampa Bay franchise at 3010 54th Ave. S. Keith Watts said the Caribbean bakery started doing business in beef patties and jerk chicken at the end of March, and business is already going well. Island favorites include curried goat and braised oxtails. Watts, from Jamaica, said the business is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but is closed on Sundays.

SNELL ISLE

SunTrust branch will close in July

SunTrust Bank plans to close its Snell Isle Boulevard branch in July, making it the second time in seven years the branch has closed. The bank shut down all but the drive-through in August 2000 and planned to close services altogether, but reopened a few months later after complaints from customers. Recently, the bank sent letters announcing that the branch will again close July 27. The company says it will close the branch to better provide services at other locations.

ST. PETERSBURG

Hotel treated for pests; ghosts next

A huge tent at Park Street and Central Avenue is part of the renovations at the Park View Hotel, said new owner Norman Kerr. The 1915 building has never been tented for pests, Kerr said. Kerr plans to reopen the hotel in September, but not before it is examined for ghosts. Kerr has lost one employee frightened by recent spirit sightings and is learning of a history of ghosts in the building. A ghost investigation group will visit the hotel in coming weeks, he said, but all indications are that the ghosts are friendly.

[Last modified May 9, 2007, 07:29:32]


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