#EATUPJAX: Local food news from the people at GastroJax
Sprouts farmers market Is onin the city center markets just south of downtown St. Johns. The Phoenix-based grocery chain offers customers an organic and healthy selection. This is their first in the Jacksonville area, but there are plans to open a second on Beach Boulevard.
Native Sun in Jacksonville Beach is closing along with its other locations
We’ve opened a whole bunch of grocery stores in the Jacksonville area, places like Sprouts, something that the owners of Native Sun Natural Food Market cites the reason why they will close all three of their locations. Aaron and Erica Gottlieb opened the first Native Sun here in Jacksonville in 1997. At the time, it was one of the few places where local consumers could get organic, GMO-free, and natural foods. They opened a second location in 2006 and their third in 2015. There is no specific date for their closure, but we are sad to see this locally owned and operated grocer go under in a sea of national grocery chains.
The Northeast Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) accepts applications for the Claude Collins Hospitality Scholarships. These are available to students from the catering and hospitality industry who are continuing their education in these areas. The winners will receive between $ 500 and $ 3,000. The scholarships are open to students who live in Baker, Clay, Duval, Putnam, Nassau, or St. Johns counties. Applications are due by September 30th. You can find the scholarship applications online at https://frla.org/claudecollinsscholarship/
A little trendy, a little homely, a little beachy – these are the elements of the kitchen that is served RP’s great food and drink in Jacksonville Beach. Owner Bill Cissel has a following from his former (now closed) Billy’s Boathouse Grill. If you haven’t tried its grains, you’re missing out! Cissel has launched a line of microwaveable grains (blasphemy, I know) called Gracious Grits. You can find them at Publix, Food City, Lowes Foods, and Ingles.
India’s restaurant Closed on Baymeadows late last month. They have served our community great Pakistani and Indian dishes for decades and we are sad to see them leave.
The Bread & Board, photo by Erin Thursby
The bread & board was to open another restaurant, this time on the Southside in the center with the Publix near St. John’s Town Center.
Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events In the Southpoint neighborhood at 6601 Executive Park Court North, there should be a full-service restaurant for Thanksgiving. It’s part of a facelift and overhaul that will remove some of the conference space (approximately 15,000 square feet) for the restaurant that serves American bar fare. They will also add arcade games.
Beach Road Chicken Dinners
The classic Beach Road Chicken Dinners will be revised, redesigned and the concept changed thanks to new owners. They will now be known as Beach Road Fish House & Oyster Bar. While the old favorites of fried chicken, cream of peas, cookies, and gravy are still on their menu, they’ll add fish, oysters, and beer and wine too. Beach Road Chicken Dinners has been serving in Jacksonville for 80 years and will remain in the same area at 4132 Atlantic Boulevard. They are closed for the time being, but should reopen in September.
Intuition Ale Works’ downtown Taproom will have a new restaurant partner. You have had BLK SHP in your kitchen at Intuition for the past three years and offer bar snacks, but switch to MOJO’s BBQ. On Facebook they said goodbye to Black Sheep and said that “it’s an honor to have her in our taproom” but that they look forward to taking over MOJO.
Village Bread Cafe Ciabatta breakfast sandwich
Dorfbrot Cafe The Phillips Highway on the south side has long been a hidden gem for a quick breakfast or lunch. They open a second plaza on the Southbank of Downtown on the first floor of the Riverplace Tower, 1301 Riverplace Boulevard. Expect handmade breads, bagels, sandwiches, paninis, soups, sweet snacks, different types of coffee, from cold infusions to espresso, and other cold and hot drinks. They’re not open yet, but the Southbank residents are ready and waiting!
The popular Mayport Restaurant Safe Harbor has plans to open at 5 Points next to the Mossfire Grill in the old Five Points Tavern and the O’Brothers Irish Pub. You will be in partnership with the Marah Brewing Company – Marah will handle the beer and Safe Harbor will handle the food.
If you like a good drink and good company, but don’t like all of the headaches that come with alcohol, you’ll be excited to hear about Jacksonville’s first non-alcoholic bar: Wildcrafters Tea & Kava Bar. They will offer artisanal “mocktails” with mixed flavors and beverages, non-alkie beers and wine, and a wide variety of coffee and tea. The owners see it as a kind of meeting place. Basically anything you like about bars minus the booze and a mindful groove. We look forward to trying! All over the world, these alcohol-free bars are incredibly trendy and current. They plan to open on 2105 Park Street in September, about 2 blocks from the 5-point main drag.
Renderings for Southern Grounds in Avondale
Southern Grounds coffee plans to open a third location in Avondale on St. John’s High Street.
Florida Cracker Kitchen plans to open a second restaurant on Kings Avenue in 1842 in the San Marco neighborhood. We don’t have an opening date yet, but we expect it to be early 2020.
It’s the usual struggle on the beaches. Residents don’t like restaurants with alcohol and restaurants want a liquor license so they can make more money. There is a new restaurant on Neptune Beach The local (in the old 7-Eleven) wanted to get approval for more parking spaces, they wanted to add more parking spaces to qualify for an alcohol license. The seats were refused by the city administration mainly because of the outcry of the citizens.
In Jacksonville Beach, the city does with him proposed regulation No alcohol sales in the restaurant after midnight. The discussion will take place in early August, but a vote is not yet planned.
ABBQ Meat & Drink
Texas-style grill has come to Atlantic Beach in the form of ABBQ Meat & Drink, an acronym that stands for Atlantic Beach BBQ. They opened in early July. Expect the usual side dishes, sausage and meat, and frito pie. If you didn’t have a frito pie, put chili and cheese on top of the corn chips. It is popular in the southwest. They’re proud of their brisket too. They have a kids’ play area and events area on their lawn (with a full liquor bar and cornhole).
The Southern Roots gas station is coming to Atlantic Beach
Southern Roots gas station, a counter-ordered healthy living restaurant where people can also purchase supplies to enliven their own cuisine and delicious drinks, is planning to open a second restaurant on 32 Seminole Road in Atlantic Beach. Expect the same as what they have to offer in their King Street locale, but with adjustments to suit the palate of the beaches.
At Jax Beach, Skratch kitchen, a mimosa bar and restaurant, is planning to open at old Jimmy Hula on 528 Beach Boulevard.
Trasca & Co in Ponte Vedra works with Atlantic Beach Urban Farms
Many restaurants are making efforts to be more environmentally friendly. You may have noticed the trend towards local vendors, thick paper straws instead of plastic, and no styrofoam take-out containers. A local place, Ponte Vedra Trasca & Co. restaurant, in partnership with Atlantic Beach Urban Farms, launches a menu to promote local businesses, eco-friendly, healthy lifestyles and women-run businesses. They are working to reduce their carbon footprint by using as much local sourcing and environmentally friendly containers as possible. Instead of paper straws, they have become completely strawless. Trasca also goes “green” with its salads, which are aeroponically grown by Atlantic Beach Urban Farms. They optimize the nutrients and vitamins and grow indoors so there is no need for pesticides and herbicides.
Local chain, Firehouse Subs, recently celebrated their 25th anniversary and decided to come up with a new, more modern design. You can experience the first of these at the Pavilion in Durbin Park in St. John’s Community. It will be leaner, more modern and designed for app orders and collections. Both in design and in function, the new model is the result of extensive research and surveys on the wishes of your customers, with a clear order flow and improvements in the sub-line so that you can receive your submarine faster.
1748 Springfield bakery opens
Anyone following the Jacksonville food scene has been eagerly awaiting the opening of 1748 bakery. A date was given: by Labor Day Weekend. Head to 1748 North Main Street in Springfield. Among other things, both savory and sweet baked goods are offered from scratch. Perhaps you tried your meal at the Riverside Arts Market under that name and under Fig & Flour, and if so, you are probably already a fan!
Congaree and Penn’s The farm had some fabulous farm to table dinners. They took advantage of this experience and are now open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. They serve simple farm meals from their farm as well as other local farms. Call ahead to arrange a tour (price varies per person depending on what you want) or join the scheduled tours on Fridays and Sundays at 10:30 am ($ 15 per person).