The News 1/7/2016

The first news post of the New Year is a good one! We’ve got lots of good stuff coming up. As usual, please check in on the “What’s Coming?” section on for the latest on restaurant openings.

-Vello’s has closed permanently citing low sales numbers compared to other downtown restaurants. The owners say they are interested in a Mexican restaurant concept. Let me just speak for the people when I say, please…no more Mexican. We have so many Mexican restaurants.

-Buffalo Wild Wings at Oaks Mall is set to open this Monday, January 11th. If you’re crazy enough to line up starting at 6 AM, the first 100 people will receive a year’s worth of chicken wings for free.

-Lucky’s Market is celebrating their 1 year anniversary this weekend. Starting tomorrow, January 8th from 4 to 7 PM, then 11 AM to 7 PM on Saturday and Sunday, the festivities will be going. $1 grilled hot dogs, brats, and burgers along with activities for kids, local arts and crafts, and samples from local vendors. More information on their Facebook event:

-The UF Wildlife Society is hosting their annual “Beast Feast” on February 6th at the Whitehurst Lodge in Archer. If you’re not familiar, this is an annual event where you can pay $20 at the door or $15 pre-sale for an all-you-can-eat feast of game meats that include wild hog, venison, bison, elk, pheasant, and some other exotic yummies. It’s a carnivore’s dream. More information can be found on their Facebook event:

-Swamp Head Brewery is celebrating their 8th anniversary on January 23rd and will be celebrating at the brewery starting at 1 PM. Live music from Ricky Kendall and Flat Land will start at 5 PM, and all year-round beers will be $4 for the day. There will also be a number of special beers on tap. Check out their Facebook event for more information:

-Yummy House is running into some delays on their move to the new location on 34th Street, it’s looking more like February at this point.

-High Dive will be hosting their first food truck rally of the new year on January 30th starting at 5 PM. Trucks like Baboyz, Bubba Luigi’s, Humble Pie, Monsta Lobsta, and the new Cilantro Tacos food truck will be on site.

-This cold weather is good soup weather, and I hope it stays around long enough for the Souper Fun Sunday event on January 31st. Hosted by St. Francis Catholic High School, and running from 1 PM to 3:30 PM, a number of local restaurants will be competing with their best soups. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children under 10. Attendees will have the chance to sample all the soup they want, and help vote for the winners. Proceeds will go towards benefiting the students in the technology enhancement and professional department at St. Francis. I’ll be one of the judges for the day, so be sure to come say hey!

-A new vegetarian-friendly eatery called Govindas Café & Bakery is opening in the former Pizza Palace location on 602 NW 13th Street, and will be ran by the Krishna house. The same folks who serve Krishna lunches at the Plaza of the Americas on UF campus. No word yet on timeline.

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