04 Jan Meet the Queen of Queens Head
Meet new owner of the hip English Eurobar and restaurant The Queens Head, Tracy Asalita. She purchased the beloved gem located in the Grand Central District restaurant at 2501 Central Avenue back in June and it was perfect timing! Asalita was looking to open a restaurant in St. Petersburg and noticed that one of her favorite spots was available.
“I was looking to open a restaurant in Grand Central district, I loved all the small businesses and the neighborhood feel. I always had The Queens Head in mind as far as the atmosphere I wanted to create, as I loved the outdoor patio and brought all my family here whenever they visited over the years.” says Asalita, “I even brought Jaymie here for our first date, so when I happened to notice it was for sale at the time I was looking, it seemed like a no brainer.”
A graduate of the Art Institute in Tampa with dual associates in Pastry and Culinary, Asalita had worked with local locations such as the Island Gourmet Italian Restaurant, Mazzaro’s, 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House and the Tampa Bay Times Forum (now Amalie Arena) and some international work in Orvieto, Italy with the Zeppelin Ristorante and Ristorante Da Gregorio.
A native of Chicago with a love for Italian food, Asalita finds herself now as the owner of a British Restaurant. “The Queens Head had a very good reputation for the quality of the food and adding a creative spin to the homey classics. While keeping everyone’s English favorites, we are also rolling out weekly specials to test new menu possibilities. A new menu will roll out January 30.” commented Asalita, “Besides trying to bring in fresh and seasonal items, I frequently try to add some items from my experience or upbringing – Italian, Chicago or even a Pennsylvania Dutch influence.”
Besides the beautiful atmosphere, The Queens Head wants to be known as a cozy neighborhood restaurant with Beach Drive quality food and creativity without the high prices or parking problems.
Open daily Monday through Thursday at 3pm and 11am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for their famous Brunch including English favorites like the Bubble & Squeak or a Chip Buddy. Enjoy the unique mix of cozy and quality, with a touch of cheeky! New Menu items and new hours coming soon!