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May 5, 2016


The Jacksonville invasion continues! The popular Sidecar Jax bar and its sister restaurant V Pizza are set to open in the old Vellos space downtown. Gainesville's pizza scene is about to get a much needed boost as V Pizza serves Neapolitan-style pizza cooked properly...

March 11, 2016


Spring Brothers Irish Pub will be moving into the former Five Bar space downtown at 104 South Main Street. This will be the third location for Spring Brothers after Miami and its original location in Geneva. Yeah, that's Geneva in Switzerland. The owners have big plan...

August 29, 2015


Public & General recently opened up in the former Brew Spot Café location at 1000 NE 16th Avenue, and really transformed what was a bizarre business in an already-odd location. The old dingy fluorescent classroom is now a rustic u-shaped wooden bar, with chalkboard me...

June 7, 2015

Downtown Gainesville is experiencing a rebirth of sorts recently, with a number of really quality restaurants and bars opening up. One of these restaurants is tucked inside the Sun Center, just a few doors down from what my dear friend, Tom Miller, refers to as “The Ce...

May 14, 2015



OAK, otherwise known as Original American Kitchen opened a little over two months ago in the former Ichiban downtown (15 SE 1st Avenue). After hearing countless stories and requests from readers and friends, I finally had the chance to visit last night. The restauran...

April 7, 2015


MOJO Hogtown Bar-B-Que​ has done this before. With five highly-reviewed locations in Jacksonville and another in St. Augustine, they are opening their doors to Gainesville today (April 7th) at 12 SE 2nd Avenue (next to Tall Paul’s). This particular location is appropr...

March 4, 2015




In 1982, a little place behind midtown opened up called Steamers. The tiny restaurant was a local favorite for years as they served up fried rice, curries, and sandwiches to mostly hungry students. Around 2004, it was sold to the same folks wh...

November 26, 2014


CRANE RAMEN is undoubtedly the most anticipated new Gainesville restaurant in quite some time. This ramen shop has taken their time to perfect their product before opening. Starting with the pop-up they did months ago, to a chef change, and countless test runs with...

May 3, 2014

**Updated March 9th, 2015**
Jake's Bistro is now closed...unsurprisingly...good riddance.


Last night, the owner personally kicked me out of Jake’s Bistro in downtown Alachua because fellow guests at my table sent their food back. But I’ll begin by saying what I wanted...

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