ST. PETE BEACH – Silas Dent’s Restaurant, an iconic local landmark for nearly 40 years, has been sold, owner Rob Stambaugh announced July 27.
“The concept of Silas will be changing and the new owners will be putting their own mark on the new restaurant. Silas Dent will be taking his place in history,” Stambaugh said in a press release.
The name of the buyer or the sales price were not released.
The steakhouse will be selling off vintage items, collectibles and antiques, plateware, tables/chairs, pictures, and more Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 4-5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stambaugh, who was born and raised on St. Pete Beach, opened Silas Dent’s July 13, 1979.
He began working in the hospitality business at age 14 at The Little Dutch Bakery on Corey Avenue. He was part of the team that helped open Walt Disney World.
In 1978, Ted Stambaugh, Rob’s father, purchased the Madame Tussauds London Wax Museum on St. Pete Beach. Adjacent to the museum was a vacant restaurant. A year later, Rob Stambaugh opened Silas Dent’s in the spot.
The restaurant, at 5501 Gulf Blvd., featured late night entertainment. Its theme was meant to reflect the pioneer days of the real Silas Dent, “the happy hermit of Cabbage Key,” who settled in the Tierra Verde area in the early 1900s.
Stambaugh and his wife, Debbie, own the adjacent banquet facilities and catering company and will continue to own and operate them under the name “Bayside Banquets,” the release said.