About Us

About Our St. Andrews Restaurant

The Copper Tap Grille is a locally-owned and operated restaurant located in Panama City, Florida. We serve healthy and made-to-order meals that are always affordable. If you’re in the mood for seafood, multicultural, and healthier options, stop in today! We proudly serve Florida’s panhandle, including Panama City, Panama City Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, LynnHaven, Southport, and Apalachicola.


The Copper Tap Grille Restaurant in Historic St. Andrews

Photo of the Tastee-Freez from 1956, now the Copper Tap Grille in Panama City, Florida


Our Beginnings

In 1956, our location served as a fast food ice cream and hamburger shop that was established by Harold L. and Dorothy Dunton. Known as Tastee-Freez, our location was one of the first soft serve franchises in the Nation. Subsequent owners included Mrs. Roberta Elder, Dana E. Wright, and Galen Mielke.

In later years, the building transformed into other eateries, including a BBQ Pit and breakfast spot. In late 2017, James Pigneri purchased the property, and in the following year established the Copper Tap Grille.

James is a 3rd generation restaurateur and has been involved in his family restaurant business his entire life. We invite you to come in, relax, BE YOU, EAT GOOD, and HAVE FUN!