Great news: It looks like the longest-running jazz gig in the Tampa Bay area is going to keep on keeping on.
The Garden, in downtown St. Petersburg, is changing hands but staying open, and ex-Ellington trombonist Buster Cooper is keeping his gig. That's according to Laura Reiley's story in the St. Petersburg Times. Click here to read.
The new owners, according to the story: Bill Edwards and brothers Tommy and Vagelis Varlas. Reiley writes, "Edwards is also partner with Jannus Landing's new minority owner, Jeff Knight; the Varlas brothers have been in the restaurant business for many years, most recently in St. Pete Beach."
Tommy Varlas told Reiley about several planned upgrades to the eatery, located in a building dating back to 1890: "Effective immediately, we're putting money into it, giving it a facelift with new lighting and updated bathrooms."
Thanks to blog reader Headless Hornman -- also a fellow chatter on the (New Orleans) Jazz Fest board -- for pointing it out.