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Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders franchisees are working on three locations in Jacksonville and two in St. Johns County, with plans for more.

Thanks to services like DoorDash and Uber Eats, just about any restaurant food can now be delivered to your door.

But while delivery snowballed in popularity during the pandemic, those running the restaurants are discovering convenience comes at a cost.

At Golden Dinosaurs in downtown Gulfport, diners sip kombucha and munch on seitan steak on a small patio.

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The original Outback Crab Shack opened in 1984 and was popular with locals and tourists until it was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew and forced to close in 2016. Now it’s making a comeback as a new restaurant is built at the site.

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World of Beer wants to return to Jacksonville, but with a new franchise owner and in two new locations.

Chicken Wing Menu Prices Are Up At Jacksonville Restaurants. Here's Why

Jun 25, 2021
chicken wings with sauce
Associated Press

After spending much of the last year away from dining in at restaurants and sports bars, customers heading back to some of their favorite spots are finding something new: sticker shock.

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Appearing at a Volusia County eatery, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Thursday a bill that makes permanent a popular COVID-19 emergency order allowing restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks with take-home meals.


Restaurants and hotels around Jacksonville are struggling to find employees as business starts to ramp up while vaccination rates climb. So business owners are teaming up to host a multi-location job fair across Northeast Florida next Tuesday, May 18.

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Memorial Healthcare Group Inc. is renovating the closed Soul Food Bistro at southwest Kernan and Atlantic boulevards into a women’s health center.

Deal On Tap For 'Alcohol To Go' In Florida

Apr 28, 2021
News Service of Florida

Florida lawmakers appear ready to give final approval to a restaurant industry-backed measure that would make permanent a practice of allowing alcoholic drinks to be included with take-home meals.

Sugar Factory To Open At Site Of Closed Brio In The Markets At Town Center

Apr 14, 2021
A view of the Sugar Factory in Miami.
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Las Vegas-based Sugar Factory American Brasserie, known for couture lollipops, celebrity sightings and $43 tropical cocktails, intends to take over the closed Brio Tuscan Grille site in The Markets at Town Center.

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Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q will be building again near St. Johns Town Center.

The Pink Salt Restaurant and Wine Bar
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Jacksonville restaurant owners are facing a new problem. Now that customers are coming back, some eateries are having trouble finding enough staff.

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Plans show Chipotle Mexican Grill intends to open in the Lakewood area by renovating a closed Whataburger restaurant at 3860 University Blvd. W.

Olio Owner Lists His Downtown Jacksonville Restaurant Space For Sale

Mar 31, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Olio owner Greg DeSanto is contemplating several options for the future of his Downtown restaurant, including a possible sale.

Masks will continue to be required at the Florida Theatre for the foreseeable future.
Florida Theatre

Now that Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has lifted Duval County’s mask mandate, the question becomes: what’s next?

Main & Six Brewing Company In Springfield Plans Restaurant, Rooftop Bar

Mar 23, 2021
An artist's rendering of the expanded Main & Six Brewing Company at 1636 N. Main St.
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Main & Six Brewing Company plans an expansion that would bring another dining option to Springfield and the neighborhood’s first rooftop bar. 

Lynch's Irish Pub

Jacksonville Beach’s iconic Lynch’s Irish Pub is anticipating a busy St. Patrick’s Day, exactly one year after it closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Owner Keith Doherty said he expects the day to be “sensational.”

Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville restaurateur Al Mansur is moving ahead with his new Iguana on Park restaurant in South Avondale by applying for plan review to convert the building at an estimated $200,000.

Jacksonville Daily Record

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
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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
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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.”

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

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

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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.