Popi’s has been a traditional hangout for Pirates baseball fans. It sounds like the place would have closed down anyway, with owner Gus Johnson retiring and seeking to sell the property to the Pirates. The Bucs used the occasion to buy out Popi’s Place and announce plans for a redevelopment of the property.
“The restaurant’s owners let us know they were ready to retire from the business and sell the property,” said Pirates Senior Director of Florida Operations Trevor Gooby. “This parcel is included in the City’s and the Pirates’ strategy for redeveloping the area around McKechnie Field as an arts and entertainment district. The Pirates are making this investment with that in mind.”
The one-third-acre parcel will be used as a parking area for the near term. Building demolition will begin after Spring Training, Gooby added.