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.

Checkers Plans To Build At Least 4 New Jacksonville Locations This Year

Jan 2, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

More Checkers drive-thru fast food restaurants are coming to Jacksonville as part of the brand’s push into the Northeast Florida market.

Fox diner interior with customers at counter
Jimmy Delaney

WJCT asked our social media followers which Jacksonville restaurants are the most quintessential to these areas: Northside, Westside, Urban Core, Arlington, Southside and the Beaches.  

According to voters, these are the restaurants that best embody the spirit of their neighborhoods:

Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is coming to Jacksonville’s Deerwood Station.

Courtesy of Design Cooperative LLC.

Cruisers Grill in Jacksonville Beach will soon be undergoing a $1.4 million renovation.

The Jacksonville Daily Record

Two Dudes Seafood Restaurant operators and owners Tom and Jennifer Corsano intend to open their third location late this summer when they take over the former Il Desco space in Riverside.

table spread with hot sauce
Kristen Penoyer for Gilbert's

The number of food halls in the U.S. is expected to triple within the next five years.

As The Jaxson Editor in Chief Ennis Davis said, the First Coast is just beginning to get a taste of this dining trend, with a “mini” food hall at Jacksonville Beach: Gilbert’s.

Business Brief: Restaurant Openings; Winn-Dixie Tries To Reinvent Itself

Jun 22, 2018
Exterior of Sanford, Florida, Keke's Breakfast Cafe
Keke's Breakfast Cafe via Facebook

Many new restaurants are coming to the First Coast.

That’s as a troubled local grocery chain is trying to reinvent itself.

Jacksonville Daily Record Editor Karen Mathis joined WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo to talk about these food trends in this week’s Business Brief.

Last Of 3 Restaurants Closes Doors In Brooklyn's Unity Plaza

May 4, 2018
"Thank You & Goodbye. We Are Closed"

Brixx Pizza, the last of three restaurants in the Brooklyn neighborhood's Unity Plaza, has closed after 22 months.

Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union

Florida State College at Jacksonville is getting into the restaurant business.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

One of the original restaurant tenants in the second phase of the St. Johns Town Center has closed.