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Bars, breweries get food licenses to meet state requirements and to open back up

Posted at 5:11 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 19:17:48-04

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Ice cold beer is what Cueni Brewing Company in Dunedin is known for, but now they are serving up something a bit different.

“Here’s our little food truck. Here’s the menu,” said Bren Cueni, the owner of Cueni Brewing Co.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are on tap for customers too, after they got a food license.

“I love food, I like cooking but cooking for hundreds of people on a weekend in Florida is not something I wanna do,” she said, laughing.

It’s why they’re now leasing the tiny diner on wheels to serve their customers food and meet the state requirements to open back up.

“It wasn’t my idea, it was actually forced upon us by the government,” Cueni said.

But she is glad to get her employees back to work and pay the bills. It’s the same thing at St. Pete Brewing Company but instead of grilled cheese, it’s hot dogs.

“I’ve never had the number of hot dogs I’ve had in the last week,” said Tom Williams, the owner of St. Pete Brewing Company.

At $4 a pop, he says regulars have been coming in since last Friday when they opened back up to grab a hot dog and beer and show support.

“It’s basically going from could we make it to the gas station on empty and now we’re at a point where at least we have some stability of revenue,” he said.

Both breweries have large outdoor seating areas and plan to follow CDC guidelines which they say they were doing the last time they were allowed to open up.

There is still no word from the state on when it’ll give the green light to bars and breweries who have not gotten a food license to open up.

A lot of these breweries have new and limited hours as they attempt to get back to a full state and schedule. Check social media before you head out for those new hours.