Oh hey, it has been a hot minute. I assure you, the reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. More goodness is on the horizon, I promise. In the mean time, there has been a disturbance in the force and there has been much more movement on the food front in Gainesville after a bit of a lull. Get ready for some hotness.
-Volcanic Sushi’s new location at Hunter’s Crossing on the corner of 43rd Street and 53rd Avenue is gearing up for their opening, and I’m told they expect to open before the month is over. If you missed it, this is Volcanic’s 2nd location in town after the success of their Haile Village location. There is hope yet for decent dining on the north side of town.
-Speaking of imminent openings, Bangkok Square’s location is still about a month out as they work to bring over a chef from Thailand and finish construction. Permitting issues (as usual) were holding them back. Your patience will be rewarded as I’ve already been handed some goodies to give away leading up to their opening, stay tuned.
-Gainesville is going Ice Cream crazy as two more intriguing ice cream shops will be opening their doors soon. Phenomenom, a first of its kind nitrogen ice cream shop in Gainesville, will be opening soon in the former Which Wich location in Butler Plaza. In addition to nitrogen ice cream (which is made with liquid nitrogen and supposed to be smoother and creamier than conventional methods), they also sell housemade cookies. Localicious Jax Ice Cream (not to be confused with Jaxson’s) has an obnoxious name, but their ice cream looks fantastic, and are getting ready to open in the old Haagen Dazs on the corner of Tower Road and Archer Road. Originally from South Florida, the owner has been making ice cream for over 40 years and was featured on Food Network…if that means anything to you.
-GREAT NEWS! The Dacia Sandero….wait, wrong genre. GREAT NEWS! Caribbean Spice has found a new location and is planning on reopening. I’m awaiting comments from the owners and will have more on this in a separate post, but I’m told they will be somewhere near Lucky’s in the 23rd Avenue area. The plan is to open by mid-March.
-Sohao Street Fare Café is an Asian street foods concept from the owners of Gator Suyaki that’s currently being built out next to Earth Fare on 34th Street. Not much information on this otherwise, this is one to watch.
-The UF Center for Smell and Taste is hosting a live Q&A with Francis Lam, an award-winning food editor and host of Splendid Table on NPR. He also makes an appearance on the Chef’s Table episode for Alinea. The event is at the Emerson Alumni Hall at 6 PM on February 21st. I will be in attendance for this one, and is free to the public.
-The Junior League of Gainesville is hosting their annual Tour of Kitchens event on March 3rd. This is a self-guided tour of the kitchens and outdoor spaces of some of the nicest homes in our area with food samplings from a slew of local restaurants. Tickets are $35 and will benefit local agencies that are working to combat hunger in our community. Visit www.gainesvilletourofkitchens.com for more information.
-The Partnership for Strong Families is holding their annual “Amazing Give” event to raise money to benefit children in the child welfare system who are experiencing abuse or neglect. The kick-off party will be on March 21st from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Flying Biscuit Café. 20% of sales at Flying Biscuit the following day, March 22nd, will be donated to the cause.
That was a lot. Hopefully that’ll hold you guys over for now!