Restaurant Recap 10-5-2017

I’m back from my trip out to the west coast and catching up on all things food in Gainesville. As I plan on my next set of reviews, I wanted to bring you guys another round of news about local eateries with homecoming weekend fast approaching. Let’s talk food!

-Swamp Head Brewery is hosting their Football Fridays event starting at 5 PM on Friday with live music, food trucks, and more.

-Sweet Dreams Ice Cream is hosting their annual Fall Chocolate Night this Sunday, October 8th from 1 PM till 10 PM. 30 different varieties of chocolate flavored ice creams will be available. This is a popular event each year, so get there early.

-Keep in mind that Sunday brunch is back at Root & Pecker starting at 10 AM. Their sourdough waffles and benedicts are both fantastic. Their all-you-can-drink mimosas for $10 with the purchase of an entrée is a solid deal too.

-Ameraucana Pizzeria is going to begin serving lunch next Monday, October 9th. Service will run from 11 AM to 2 PM Mondays through Fridays and feature sandwiches made with their fresh baked sourdough bread.

-Afternoon, a new breakfast and lunch restaurant focused on local fare at 231 NW 10th Avenue is now in their soft opening phase. A grand opening is planned for October 7th. They’ve gotten some great reviews thus far from people I know and trust. Excited to check this out soon!

-Several folks have asked me about updates on Newk’s Eatery and several other upcoming Butler North tenants. I’m told there is going to be a bit of a delay on construction as contractors shift their focus on assisting those affected by Hurricane Irma throughout the state. I’ll know more soon.

-Same question has been posed about Bangkok Square’s second location in the Park Avenue complex off 39th. The building is ready and the restaurant is ready to start build out, but the holdup as always is with permitting. Alachua County and the City of Gainesville needs to come up with a better permitting process, they cannot say they are pro-business and growth while making establishments play waiting games for months. This is a reoccurring theme.

-In case you missed it, Maple Street Biscuit Company is opening a second location in town. Located in Tioga Town Center adjacent to World of Beer, they are expecting to be open in Q1 of 2018.

-Shula’s Steakhouse recently held their soft opening at the Hilton off 34th Street as part of their renovation under new ownership. The chain steakhouse started by Don Shula (coach of the Miami Dolphins when they were actually not painful to watch) has other locations in Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and Naples.

That’s all for now. Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@keneatsgainesville) as well for updates on my travels and what I’m eating around Gainesville. I periodically do Q&A sessions via Instagram Story as well!

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