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Jacksonville restaurateur Al Mansur has chosen which of his restaurant concepts to open at the closed South Kitchen & Spirits restaurant he bought last fall in South Avondale.

'Booze2Go' Bill Begins Its Legislative Journey

Feb 17, 2021

Driving home with sealed mixed drinks or other alcoholic libations as part of “to go” meals moved closer Tuesday to becoming a permanent option in Florida.

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee became the first legislative panel to support a proposal to put into law an executive order from Governor Ron DeSantis which allows restaurants to include alcoholic drinks or bottles as part of take-home meals.

Alcoholic Beverages To-Go May Be Here To Stay

Feb 16, 2021

The executive order allowing restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages to-go could become law. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Bradley (R-Orange Park).

"The bill authorizes restaurants possessing a special license to sell containers of malt beverages, sealed bottles of wine, indoor alcoholic beverages prepared by the licensee and contained in a sealed container for consumption off premises when accompanied by the sell food in the same order," said Bradley.

The Ugly Cupcake Muffinry
The Ugly Cupcake Muffinry / Via Facebook

A well-known Jacksonville Beach café and bakery is closing as a result of the pandemic.

The former South Kitchen & Spirits restaurant
Jacksonville Daily Record

The owner of Al’s Pizza, Flying Iguana Taqueria & Tequila Bar, COOP 303 and Mezza Luna Ristorante has taken over the closed South Kitchen & Spirits restaurant location in South Avondale.

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One of Jacksonville’s oldest restaurants is closing after 43 years in business.

corn bread, mac-n-cheese and greens on a plate
Ennis Davis / The Jaxson

With an extensive and rich Gullah Geechee heritage, Jacksonville’s Black culinary roots run deep.

Jake Harrison, a senior mechanical engineering major at the University of Florida, has been going out regularly.

Since returning to campus, Harrison said he has been to a handful of bars in Gainesville's Midtown area.

“When it first started a while ago, it was all handled very well,” he said. “But since they opened it to Phase 3, it’s back to normal pretty much, but I think, personally, it’s fine.”

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press May 2020 file photo

Drinks can flow at establishments where alcohol licenses were pulled this summer when the state cracked down on violations of coronavirus rules.

The Florida Channel file photo

Friday afternoon Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he is lifting all occupancy restrictions on restaurants and other businesses on a statewide level, effective immediately.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city issued a permit Sept. 24 for Ruby Beach Brewing Co. to renovate space for its Downtown brewery in The Letter Shop Building at 228 E. Forsyth St.

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis thinks students who attend Florida’s 12 state universities should be able to socialize without worrying about getting thrown out of school.

To that end, DeSantis said Thursday he’s willing to consider a college students’ “bill of rights” that would preclude state universities from taking actions against students who are enjoying themselves.

The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to questions about when he might issue the “bill of rights” or whether it would be done through an executive order.

State officials sounded the foghorn Monday to let bars serve on-premise alcohol again, but for many Florida establishments, it wasn’t much of a change. Bars throughout Leon County have been using a workaround that allowed them to operate as restaurants.

After a state-wide shutdown, bars were allowed to reopen early in June, but that didn’t last long. State officials said too many people were gathering in large groups and weren’t following social distancing guidelines. They limited bars to serving alcohol only for off-premise consumption. Then officials made another change.

This rendering illustrates the planned Martiime 618 on Adams St. in Downtown Jacksonville.

Capt. Sandy Yawn, a star of Bravo TV's Below Deck Mediterranean series, is moving forward with plans to open a new Downtown Jacksonville restaurant and rooftop bar by announcing a name, website and renovation timeline.

Photo of beer taps
News Service of Florida

Hot dogs, cold sandwiches and Hot Pockets admittedly aren’t fancy fare.

First Blue Bamboo Restaurant Will Close When Mandarin Location Opens

Sep 2, 2020
Blue Bamboo owner Dennis Chan poses in the doorway of the building he is renovating at 10110 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville Daily Record

At the start, Blue Bamboo owner Dennis Chan didn’t think transforming a law office into an Asian restaurant would be too difficult. 

Biggie's Pizza intends to open its third area restaurant this month at 4160-2 Southside Blvd. to replace part of the Tommy’s Brick Oven Pizza. 

A sign reading "Still Open" hangs outside of a restaurant.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

An executive order signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis loosens the criteria for restaurant employees with coronavirus to return to work.

A placard on a restaurant table reminds customers to use social distancing.
Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

Servers and other employees won’t be counted toward limits on occupancy when restaurants reopen Monday under coronavirus guidelines, the state’s top business regulator said.

Lightner museum exterior
Visit St. Augustine

The nation’s oldest city is hoping to lure visitors once more as it reopens on a limited basis Monday, following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Phase 1 guidelines.


Restaurants around the country are asking Americans to support the industry by joining the "Great American Takeout."

Business Brief: La Nopalera Launching Seafood Concept At Former Famous Amos

Jan 10, 2020
Google via Jacksonville Daily Record

El Pacifico Mexican Seafood, a new concept from the owners of La Nopalera Mexican Restaurant, is slated to open in the closed Famous Amos space on University Boulevard West.

$30 Million Project Planned At Marker 32 Intracoastal Waterway Site

Dec 4, 2019
Cadenza Partners / Via Florida Times-Union

Plans are underway for an estimated $30 million-plus revitalization project featuring upscale waterfront homes, retail shops, marina and a new Marker 32 fine dining restaurant on Beach Boulevard at the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville.

Chef Kenny Gilbert's Facebook page

Chef Kenny Gilbert has closed his Gilbert’s Social restaurant at 4021 Southside Blvd.

Brewz Gets Zoning Exception To Open At Fomer Dahlia's Pour House

Jun 24, 2019
The former Dahlia's Pour House
Jacksonville Daily Record

The Jacksonville Planning Commission on Thursday approved a zoning exception to allow Brewz at 2695 Post St. to serve beer and wine for on- and off-premise consumption.

Tom Schifanella Photography

When it comes to food, nobody in the South tops St. Augustine.

Beach Road Chicken Dinners Is Up For Sale After 80 Years Of Service

Apr 11, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

Beach Road Chicken Dinners, a landmark Jacksonville restaurant for 80 years in the St. Nicholas area, is for sale.

exterior of building
The Jaxson

Trevato Development Group plans to break ground on an adaptive reuse project in the Brooklyn neighborhood that will convert 339 Park St. and 301 Park St. into Jacksonville’s first food hall.

Canopy Road Cafe opening in South Jacksonville

Feb 19, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Tallahassee-based Canopy Road Cafe said Tuesday that its grand opening in South Jacksonville is Feb. 25.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Hightide Burrito Co. intends to open at the Sadler Point Marine Center at 4591 Lakeside Drive, joining The Loop Pizza Grill and Synergy Studios in the Ortega and Avondale area development in West Jacksonville.