The pandemic isn’t stopping a Jacksonville business owner from opening two new restaurants in downtown Jacksonville – Action News Jax

Jacksonville, FL. – Dwayne Beliakoff and his business partner own The Bread and Board and are adding another downtown location in the Vystar Bank building and a small market square.

And on the roof a Mexican concept of the Baja, Estrella Cocina.

When Dwayne Beliakoff left Jacksonville in 1998, downtown was bustling. He moved west before returning to Florida and an entirely different downtown area.

“I think Jacksonville is desperate for these big fun projects.” Beliakoff said.

The Estrella Cocina is spacious with both indoor and outdoor seating, including seating in the fire pit, with views of the city and river.

The roof is large and offers standing room for up to 500 people. Beliakoff said he had several requests to host weddings.

The menu isn’t ready, but Estrella plans to offer small plates, including a selection of ceviche and a wide variety of margaritas.

You plan to offer up to 10 different salsas. No menu item above the $ 14 price tag.

Beliakoff wants his place to be a place for happy hours in the city center.

Action News Jax asked Beliakoff about the challenges of the site and opening during a pandemic.

“This corridor on Laura Street is getting a lot of attention and energy.” Beliakoff said.

Estrella is down the street from the historic Laura Street Trio due for redevelopment and the newly renovated Chase Bank Building.

A new multi-storey car park with retail space opposite Estrella is also planned.

The restaurant is scheduled to officially open on May 1st.

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