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After nearly four years since the building’s purchase, the Cowford Chophouse is set to open for the general public next week on Thursday.

The high-end restaurant promises to be a downtown Jacksonville culinary destination.

Veronica Hall / WJCT

The war between brick and mortar restaurants and food trucks in Jacksonville continues as a committee met at City Hall Wednesday to debate the current legislation that regulates food trucks. Chriss Brown of Jax Truckies offered a pro-food truck standpoint Thursday on First Coast Connect.

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Updated: 11:15 a.m. Thursday

A committee vote on a Riverside restaurant was delayed Wednesday night after a hearing that took more than seven hours and included intense public comment.

Wounded Warrior Project

  The board of Jacksonville-based Wounded Warrior Project has asked independent advisors to review the charity’s finances following claims in national media of bloated salaries and over-the-top events.

Both CBS News and the New York Times in January released reports critical of the Jacksonville-based charity Wounded Warrior Project.

They spoke with current and former employees who allege the charity funds lavish company retreats, expensive travel, and spends too much money on its image instead of on veterans.

CEO Stephen Nardizzi says that investments in fund-raising, and marketing are commonly used by for-profit corporations.

We discuss the latest with Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, whose recent investigation into Wound Warrior Project's fundraising and spending appeared in this Sunday's edition of the newspaper.

Burrito Gallery via Instagram

Members of the partnership that founded Jacksonville’s Burrito Gallery restaurants are tied up in a legal battle over rights to the name.

Safe Harbor seafood truck
Safe Harbor Seafood

The ownership group behind some of Northeast Florida’s favorite seafood restaurants is opening a new place.

Cowford Chophouse

After a month of work on the planned Cowford Chophouse in downtown Jacksonville, restaurant owners say the project is proceeding on schedule for a fall opening.

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Northeast Florida’s restaurant scene is heating up, with a new eatery’s being announced seemingly every day.

The latest addition is a "modern Italian" restaurant called Il Desco opening Thursday, Nov. 12, in Riverside in the space that used to be Pele's pizza joint.

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A bar, bistro and club looking to open in downtown Jacksonville has received preliminary approval  for a forgivable loan from the city.

The venue would be known as Element Bistro, and on Monday, it went before the Downtown Investment Authority’s retail enhancement committee. That committee approved a request for a $90,000 loan that will not have to be paid back if certain conditions are met.

The French Pantry Has A New Owner

Jul 30, 2015
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After 20 years, the owners of Jacksonville restaurant and bakery The French Pantry have sold their business. But fans of the popular lunch destination don’t need to worry — the new owner plans on expanding.

The easiest way to spot The French Pantry is by the long lines stretching out the door and through the restaurant's parking lot on Powers Avenue.

But for customers like Hali Cole and Vicky Mossuto, the sometimes hour-long wait is more than worth it.

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” said Mossuto.

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Forget the ice cream truck. if Florida marijuana entrepreneurs and health regulators get their way a truck carting medicinal cannabis could be coming to a street near you.


A federal lawsuit against a local restaurant is shining a light on a larger issue — exploited and often undocumented workers in our state and around the country.

Zeljko Causevic, Vibrio vulnificus and 'Jeopardy!' are in the headlines today.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

If you’re dying to get away this summer, maybe for a just-the-girls getaway weekend, there are some great options right in our area that are close by and chock full of tempting amenities.

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Can you hear me? Can you hear me now?

Jaxon Social

The re-naming of a local restaurant and the opening of a new market has raised the question: What do you call someone who lives in Jacksonville?

Gastrofest / Facebook

The organizers of Gastrofest, a startup company with the goal of bringing Jacksonville's unique culinary scene together for a food festival in 2015, have got 100,000 reasons to celebrate this week.

ILRC of Northeast Florida

Imagine Mad Men-era stewardesses serving cocktails as you dancing to retro music before being whisked away to a surprise dinner destination by plane, boat or limo!

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Jacksonville’s culinary landscape is continually evolving, but a few signature dishes have survived the shifting landscape, as new plates make their mark.


Employees of the Olive Garden restaurant in Jacksonville’s Arlington neighborhood still aren’t sure when they will get back to work after a fire ripped through the building Monday morning.

Food blog Eater looked at restaurants that opened in Jacksonville in 2013 and picked nine they say you should be eating at "right now."

It's a tucked-away neighborhood spot with tempting mile-high cakes, bistro lunches, even a Zen garden and wine bar.

Located in historic Springfield on Walnut Street, Three Layers is a true hidden gem.

Of course, it's well known to Springfield hipsters, but this corner bistro is worth a drive from anywhere.