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Woodstock on 5th Promises 'Entertainment the Way It Used To Be'

The new Safety Harbor restaurant will feature unique dishes and constant entertainment in a Woodstock inspired environment.

Stann Cherniack is an experienced restaurateur with decades of experience, running such establishments as the Kapok Tree and Baumgardner's and working for Marriott Hotels for more than 20 years.

So when he decided to come out of retirement, he knew he had to come up with a creative concept in order for his new place to be successful with the economy wreaking havoc on the industry.

Suffice to say his new place, Safety Harbor's Woodstock on 5th, is one of the most original concepts seen around this area in a long time.

“The concept of this place is very simple: quality food, phenomenal service and entertainment the way it used to be,” said Cherniack, 

“It will be a Woodstock style environment with casual-fine dining, and everyone — waiters, waitresses, cooks, managers and patrons – will participate in some way.” 

By participate Cherniack means doing something entertaining, like singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument or acting out a role in a play or scene.

He knows the concept is unique, and he also knows it can work; he started a similar establishment in Arizona and sold it to a man who wanted to purchase it on the spot as soon as he saw it.

“This is a miniature version of the place I had in Phoenix," the 65-year-old said. "People can get up and dance, play a guitar, play a flute, act out a scene. I was at Woodstock, and it’s exactly like Woodstock."

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According to Cherniack, the food will be as unique as the atmosphere.

Asian fusion, new cuts of steak and different takes on familiar favorites will populate the menu, which includes breakfast lunch and dinner.

He is also planning on offering a weekend brunch at the restaurant, which is currently configured to sit 60 people combined indoors and outside.

“We’re going to be a fusion of a lot of different things, some organic and gluten-free stuff, California style items. Stuff that nobody else has.”

“But we’re also going to have linen table clothes and napkins, a tea & crumpet hour and a banquet room that will use fine china for private parties. It's casual meets fine dining.”

Authentic '60s and '70s memorabilia line the walls, and vendors are encouraged to come and sell their wares at any time, free of charge. A Vietnam veteran, Cherniak also plans to cater to area vets with special discounts and tributes.

"We want to get as many different people involved as we can. We want everybody to be part of this."

Cherniack, who has lived in Clearwater for nearly 40 years, said he specifically chose Safety Harbor following months of searching because he was familiar with the area and knew the city was a perfect fit for what he was trying to do. 

“This city is primed for this,” he said. “Dunedin is played out; Safety Harbor is where it’s at.” 

He said he hope to open by 3rd Friday in March, and he is excited to see how his concept fares in the Harbor. 

“There’s not another place in the county doing what we’re doing,” he added. “It’s going to be a fun place to go.”

Woodstock on 5th

Address: 155 5th Ave. N., Safety Harbor

Phone: 727-797-4444

*Hours: Tue - Sun, 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

*Will open sometime in March 2013

Summer Cider February 13, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Looking forward to your restaurant. I remember Woodstock too! However, Dundedin in NOT played out. Remember people (I for one) am from Dundedin and you are not a far drive away!
Eli White March 02, 2013 at 04:00 PM
www.whitehotgrill.com band would be a nice fit as would the Bump in the Road Band. 50's-60's and 70's music played by both groups and can be accessed through the above website.
Hippy69 March 08, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Is this licensed by Woodstock Ventures? They make take issue with the usage of their name and trademarks. You might want to get in touch with them...shame with all of the work you have done.
Robert Contorno March 12, 2013 at 12:57 AM
The place looks GREAT ! The kitchen is new, super clean and the food (I am sure) will be "above the cut". That's not to even comment on the environment, AWESOME ! Hope everyone supports the local small businesses, all of them. However this place WILL ROCK !!!
Robin Trower April 11, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Went there for lunch yesterday. Love the concept; the young servers were very, very nice; the food (I just had the White Bean Chili and side spinach salad) was really good. It's very tiny inside, so you hear EVERY WORD that comes out of the kitchen: Note to kitchen staff: Guests DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT; particularly cursing. What I presume to be the manager was very nice and accomodating, despite clear confusion as to who was to do what. Outdoor seating looked nice; great decor. If the staff confusion problem is resolved and the rest of the food is as good as what I had, then this place could be very successful. However, I had real concerns that they would crash and burn from a service perspective if a real crowd showed up. But I know it takes time to work out the kinks and hopefully they will. I will definitely be going back.

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