King State’s first brick and mortar bar in Tampa, FL serves as the flagship store for the coffee roaster and beer brewer. Strange Practice designed 520 E Floribraska Ave from top to bottom, including the interior, menus, and signage. The bar appeared on Food & Wine’s “Best Coffee Shops In America” list at number eight.

Interior Design, Signage,


Initially constructed in 1966, the mid-century modern service station had to be stripped down to its shell and completely rebuilt. The garage bays would become the dining room, while the office side would become the main entry and washrooms. The building’s signature butterfly roof overhang, formerly covering the fuel pumps, would become outdoor patio seating.

A vintage advertisment for Land Rover
A vintage advertisment for Land Rover
Two kayaks in a river at twilight shown as an example of The Blue Hour



Inspiration & Sourcing

The interior’s design began with a brand “bible” document, outlining points of inspiration for materials, furniture, art — even portraits of the kind of guests King State wanted the space to attract. Strange Practice then sourced vintage art and furniture for the space, including 30 original Herman Miller shell chairs. Each piece of the space was carefully considered and, when possible, sourced from period-specific manufacturers.

The space has continued to evolve with the business. More seating, breeze blocks for the patio, and extended shelving for the bar's new liquor program have all been added.

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