Meet The Owners
It's the dawn of a bright new era for Speakeasy Kava - we're now under new ownership and management. The name, the theme, and the staff will all remain the same. Our excited, motivated new owners with a combined 15+ years experience in the hospitality industry see the value in the talented team working at Speakeasy Kava and all the potential there is for positive growth within the community. The goal is not to start with a clean slate, but rather to improve upon the existing customer experience and quality products already at work in this amazing, one-of-a-kind teabar
Welcome new owner Doug Merriott with over 10 years experience working in the restaurant industry.
Doug is a kava bar regular and has a unique understanding of how to make a kava bar special.
Doug is also a realtor and a family man who lives locally with his wife Danielle and their four young children. Doug plans to put all of his expertise to good use at Speakeasy Kava to make sure that every customer receives amazing service and drinks they'll be excited to share about.
Allen Green is an owner and partner with Doug Merriott who comes to us with more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, and management. Additionally, Allen is a kava bar frequenter himself, so he knows the products and understands the unique environment attributed with kava and tea bars.
You can rest assured that Allen has the experience to always ensure a positive experience for Speakeasy Kava customers and staff.
Allen lives locally in Pinellas County, FL with his wife Kathy. If you happen to stop by Speakeasy Kava and see him there, feel free to say hello, he's always happy to meet new friendly faces.
Our staff is the magic behind what makes Speakeasy Kava truly great. Read below to learn more about our tea-tenders, many of which play more than just a teatender role at Speakeasy Kava including its owner, managerial staff, and marketing personnel.
Help us in welcoming the newest addition to our team - Toni. Toni enjoys helping anyone new to kava and kratom to understand how beneficial both drinks are for their physical and mental well-being. Toni's signature drink is a kava cocktail.
When Toni isn't teatending at Speakeasy Kava, she's working her other job as an instructor for a local kid's after-school music program called Universal Rock School.
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Kelsey comes to Speakeasy Kava with previous tea-tending experience! When not working, Kelsey is usually playing ping pong. With plenty of tournament wins under her belt, Kelsey is known in our community as one of the best female pong players. Her favorite drink at Speakeasy is the chai tea. Kelsey loves working at Speakeasy because of its laid-back vibe and diverse, creative menu. As a welcome bonus, she genuinely loves all of her co-workers and enjoys coming to work every day. You can count on Kelsey to always ensure you have a great experience!
Leif is an amazing asset to the Speakeasy Kava family! He joins us with existing service industry experience and knowledge of the Kava community from his time spent hanging out at many of the local Kava bars in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area. Leif particularly enjoys the shots offered at Speakeasy and being a part of the creative process to help come up with new drinks. Leif keeps busy as a tea-tender and a brewer so if you come to visit us, there's a solid chance you'll get to meet him. In addition to working at Speakeasy Kava, Leif is currently enrolled in classes for journalism and enjoys boxing plus spending quality time with his friends and family.
You can usually find Michael hanging out at Speakeasy Kava during his time off, or working most night-owl overnight shifts typically from midnight to 8am!
Michael is a kava community regular and has been for the past few years. He enjoys kava, kratom tea, and he loves our kratom shots! If you enjoy a good anime as much as the next person, chances are you're going to get along great with Michael as we've dubbed him the Speakeasy Kava "weeb".
Joe is responsible for the amazing, fresh, and delicious beverages served at Speakeasy Kava each day! Typically, you'll see Joe working behind the bar during the daylight hours. As our head brewmaster, Joe is here with us most days of the week, but he also hangs out with us after hours too.
Passionate about living a life of peace and tranquility, Joe knows how to appreciate the small things. He's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and we're proud to have him on our team.