Southern Grounds with new concept Alder & Oak will be in St. Augustine | opens Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record
Southern Grounds announced plans for a location in downtown St. Augustine on April 29th. Work is expected to begin in the next two to three months.
Mark Janasik, owner of the coffee chain, said he will be working with McGarvey Residential Communities to renovate the structure at 36 Granada Street, the former Corazon Cinema and Cafe.
The internal demolition of the building has begun.
It is across from the Lightner Museum, two blocks from Flagler College, and is adjacent to the Lincolnville Historic District.
“In our opinion, these were irreplaceable properties that fit our ‘community-based’ approach to location selection,” Janasik said via email.
“It’s no secret that St. Augustine is an amazing food city with very talented restaurateurs, chefs and hotel professionals. We think the city would appreciate our sustainable approach to our business.”
Janasik said the St. Augustine location would include Southern Grounds and a separate concept, Alder & Oak, that would offer local and coastal-inspired wood-burning cuisine and prohibition-style cocktails.
Cronk Duch Architecture is the project architect for the Café Southern Grounds and the Alder & Oak restaurant.
Alder & Oak is full service and open for lunch, but is more geared towards dinner and an evening crowd. The fast-casual Southern Grounds is open from breakfast through dinner.
The Alder & Oak concept is also planned for the Brooklyn Southern Grounds under construction on Riverside Avenue and Forest Street.
Each location will serve the same core Southern Grounds menu, but will be different based on neighborhoods, Janasik said.
Andrew Norgart and Jesse Killebrew, partners of the Alsop Companies based in St. Augustine, bought the property in February for $ 1.5 million through 36 Granada LLC.
They said via email that it was “a perfect solution for us to acquire the building and make a significant investment in the city.”
Norgart and Killebrew have teamed up with McGarvey Residential Communities, led by Jay McGarvey, to develop the property. Then they went to Janasik’s restaurant group to fill the room.
“We searched for a hospitality group that understood the community aspect of building in such a historic neighborhood and selected Restaurant & Hospitality Investment Group LLC to bring their popular cook-powered Southern Grounds concepts and the wood-burning Alder & Oak concept in to bring the room. ”McGarvey said.
Janasik said he had no estimate of the construction costs.
Cronk Duch Architecture is the project architect. The group also designs the Brooklyn location.
“Cronk Duch specializes in working in colonial cities and is familiar with the scope and language of such projects,” said Janasik.
“Our inspiration is drawn from the area and period of similar buildings in the community to create a feel for the place.”
Southern Grounds opened its third Avondale location in November and plans to open in Concourse A at Jacksonville International Airport in December.
Janasik said he wanted to grow the brand outside of Jacksonville and was contacted about locations in Georgia and South Carolina.
“We plan to initially grow selectively in unique neighborhoods across Florida, but we have been approached with development opportunities in Savannah, St. Simons and Charleston that we are considering.”