Tough times on Hypolita Street
Very few people know what, or even where, Hypolita Street is. But for those who know, and have narrowly missed being clipped by a trolley, they will be happy to hear there is a long over-due Street Improvement Project underway. The City is in the process of decimating the old worn and tired streets, to make room for the new fresh and improved ones and upgraded infrastructure too; but at what cost. The businesses along the crooked old street are close to their breaking point.
The word Hypolita is, as we have researched, a tribute to Saint Augustine himself. He was the Bishop ofHippo (in Africa near Algeria) so the residents wanted to remind the devoted, of their patron saint’s humble beginnings. And if you have ever seen this street, it surely is humble, with tiny (if any) sidewalks, but some of the best restaurants in the city.
On the West-side of Hypolita you will find what many will tell you is the best restaurant in town, Collage. With its charming architecture, perfect service, and impeccable food, we love to recommend them. On the east-side is Casa Maya, and Catch 27. Locally owned and operated, both offer fresh and delicious choices in the old city. And anchored in the middle at St George Street is Columbia, the Florida hallmark for Spanish cuisine.
There are also a many shops as well (you can see a list of the business on Hypolita Street here) so you can imagine the impact of these independent businesses during the dust, noise and fencing of current the street improvement project. So please, if you have thought of coming to St Augustine anytime soon, make a special trip if only to keep your favorite place afloat. , Because you never know, after the improvements, it might not be there.