Now baking: Biscuit shop opens in downtown St. Pete

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Drizzled with honey, soaked in butter, topped off with jelly: However you like it, there's a biscuit for everybody.  And now, there's a new local restaurant dedicated to the classic southern treat.

Maple Street Biscuit Company just opened its first Bay Area location, on Central Avenue in St. Pete.

“We specialize in biscuits and anything that’s going to make you feel good in your soul,” Maple Street’s Angelica Cruz offered.

They had some fun giveaways this morning -- free t-shirts, mugs, and, for the first few customers in line, free biscuits and coffee for a year.

The restaurant has a full southern-style menu.  But the biscuits steal the show.

“They are homemade,” Cruz gushed.  “You can see. through our open kitchen concept. you can see our team members making the biscuits by hand.  They are so flaky and soft and good and made with love.”

The chain has many locations in north Florida and throughout the Southeast, but the downtown St. Pete location is its first in the Bay Area.  They say community service is a high priority, whatever city they are in.

“We go out in to the community and do whatever we can,” Cruz added. “Whether it’s donating breakfast to teachers on the first day of school or being the first to open our doors after a natural disaster, we try to make sure we are there for the community. We show them grace and we just love on them.”