Unity Plaza

Friday our First Coast Connect Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, Action News Jax anchor John Bachman, radio host and former First Coast News anchor Angela Spears and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons.

Issues discussed included:

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.

Friday on First Coast Connect  our weekly Media Roundtable featured Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and Florida Politics Reporter A.G. Gancarski (01:01).

Janell Goodwin with the U.S Department of Agriculture gave some food safety tips if you plan on throwing a Jaguars playoff game party (46:00).  

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HOBNOB co-owner Ellen Cottrill told employees Tuesday morning the restaurant portion of her business is closing immediately, although the events venue portion of the business will continue.

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Updated 7/19/16 2:00 p.m.

Riverside’s Sbraga & Company restaurant closed without warning Monday.

The Northeast Florida-inspired eatery was launched by reality show “Top Chef” winner Kevin Sbraga less than a year ago.

Media Roundtable

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Tessa Duvall, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly editor; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union, Marco Rubio's announcement that he will run for reelection in the Senate, and more.

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New dining options continue popping up in Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood, with the latest restaurant HOBNOB, opening next week.


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It was 85 degrees on a December Monday in Jacksonville, but 10-year-old Kiera Daniels was ice skating, sort of, at Unity Plaza in Riverside.



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New free events for the Jacksonville community are planned, as the Unity Plaza urban park officially opened its grounds on Tuesday.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked phase one of the community spot in the riverfront Brooklyn neighborhood.


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Jacksonville could soon have more bells ringing on city streets as bike sharing gains popularity.

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What is Jacksonville’s brand? Some say we may be getting closer to an answer.

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Plans are coming together for a new entertainment plaza in Jacksonville's Brooklyn neighborhood.

Unity Plaza will be a public park next to the apartment and retail development 220 Riverside, which is currently under construction.

The developers, Hallmark Partners, donated the land to the city and formed a non-profit organization to program more than 260 days of events each year.

They’ve hired local art consultant Jen Jones as Executive Director. Jones says she will organize events that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.