Suzanne and Roger Perry were young retirees with far too much time on their hands. One day, Suzanne mused aloud, “We should make a space for our friends to come hang out, eat and drink!” The goal was a small storefront where friends of the Perrys could gather for intimate dinners and cocktails. Quickly, the Perrys realized that the need for a friendly, quirky neighborhood spot far exceeded the capacity of their original vision, and plans for Datz Deli began to evolve.
The inspiration was Zingernan’s Deli, and Datz Deli was made in the image of that Michigan institution. Upon opening, the Perrys realized that South Tampa was not the right market for a local deli, and that the residents craved something edgier and unique. The pair closed Datz Deli down for a brief time. They collected their thoughts and revised their menu. In fact, the whole concept was revamped. After that brief closure, Datz – minus the “Deli” – was born, and it has been a staple on MacDill Avenue ever since.
For the last ten years, Datz has made a name for itself in the Bay Area (and beyond) for its innovative spins on classic favorites, its inventive approach toward food, and its savvy when incorporating food trends and popular culture into its ever-changing menu. This gastropub has been featured on national network and cable television shows and continues to appeal to a broad fan base with its highly engaging social media channels. Datz loves its community and is always ready to support local philanthropies, foundations, and offers members of military discounts throughout the year.
St. Pete is thriving as it undergoes an incredible renaissance of local restauranteurs, craft brewers, artists, musicians and creators of all sorts. This open, inclusive community is a perfect spot for the second location of Datz, a family-owned spot that prides itself on diversity, inclusiveness, and a focus on sourcing from as many local and small businesses as possible. Datz looks forward to becoming an active part of the community and is excited about contributing to the growth trajectory so evident in the area.