Stann's on 5th Has Closed Its Doors

The downtown entertainment-themed eatery recently underwent a name change. A social media post on Tuesday announced it was closing immediately.

Stann's on 5th, the entertainment-themed eatery previously known as Woodstock on 5th prior to a recent name change, has closed, according to a social media post.

The Safety Harbor restaurant's Facebook post, dated at around noon on Tuesday, June 11, stated the following:

The owner Stann has decided to abruptly close Stann’s on 5th. So from today forward we will be closed.

This is Chef Paul Tavares, and I would like to first and foremost thank every single one of our amazing customers for all of their support and friendship towards myself and the food I cook over the last few months. I am also a resident of Safety Harbor and love this great little city, and I do not plan on going anywhere. Some moves are being made and possibly in the very near future I will be in the kitchen of another or my own establishment in the Harbor, so that we can continue the amazing relationship we have through food.
I will be as I have been, maintaining this Facebook page and will continue to keep each and everyone one of you updated as to what is next to come. It is very unfortunate that this has happen but it may open the door for some new and exciting things to come to Safety Harbor in its place. 

Thank you again for all of your support for the wonderful food we have been able to server you. Hopefully very soon we can pick up right where we left off, but even better!

Any questions, concerns, or thoughts please feel free to message this page and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you, and have a great day!
-Chef Paul Tavares

Owner Stann Cherniack recently told Patch that he was forced to remove the reference to the 1969 music festival from his establishment after being contacted by attorneys for Woodstock.

He said rather than fight the issue in court, he decided to change every item that featured the old name overnight, including his signs, menus, memorabilia and merchandise.

“It’s unfortunate someone put the spotlight on us and we had to change the name,” he said at the time. 

“It cost us a lot of money to change everything that quickly, but not as much as it would have been to fight them.” 

Safety Harbor Patch will be following up this story by attempting to get more details about the closure and what will happen next at the 5th Avenue spot. 


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humongus June 13, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Which restaurant will fail next, someone should start a pool. How does a restaurateur with Stan's previous experience start a business illegally using a legally protected name, that one dumbfounds me. It's like the guy that started the wood-fire pizza restaurant when there is already another establishment making premium wood-fire pizzas. Not to mention the other sub-par pizza restaurant on main. The problem is this, there are 26 restaurants in Safety Harbor and not enough locals or destination diners to support them all. What a bunch of complete morons.
humongus June 13, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Kiss my ass Safety Harbor Member, many of the restaurants in this town are a complete waste of time and money, ie. Brady's, worst overpriced BBQ ever! Yes, there are some jewels for sure because as they say, the cream always rises to the top and that's where I want to eat. So, why don't you keep supporting the businesses with mediocre food and service and the rest of us will continue to have discriminating taste and support the best the town has to offer. Out of curiosity though, are you a member of a larger group or are you just a singular member? The latter sounds about right!
Laura Kepner June 13, 2013 at 06:58 PM
I will pay $10 to $20 a plate over a $4. fast food meal any day. When I eat out I do my best to stay in the Harbor. I agree with you, Safety Harbor Member, and with competition comes quality. The restaurants that have survived in our town have done so because they work hard to provide good food and good service. I'm sure that if it had not been for this health issue, Stann's on 5th would've survived as well. Who knows, maybe it will reopen. Nothing happens overnight, but in the 5 years I've lived here, the "energy" of Main Street has only improved. I believe it will continue to do so. The old school thought that competition is bad, is just that -- old school thinking.
Jeffrey Rosenfield June 13, 2013 at 07:16 PM
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hoggoh June 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM
How insensitive humongus, when one business fails in our town we all lose. With limited local population to support these many restaurants, they have to rely on destination dinners too. This is why it is so important that all restaurants in SH step up their game and make sure every customer is absolutely delighted with the food and service they receive when dining here. Remember, when one restaurant fails to be anything less than superb it reflects poorly on all the rest of the businesses in our town.


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