The News 5/15/2019


I guess I’m overdue for a post and to provide some updates on things going on around town. I’ve been busy traveling (you can follow along on my Instagram @keneatsgainesville) and will be gone again this weekend to make a pilgrimage to Silver Pond Restaurant for one last meal under its current ownership. Anyways, here’s some juicy nuggets for y’all.

- Root & Pecker has permanently closed. This past Monday, May 13th was their last day in operation. But unlike what some people are saying, they are a separate entity to CYM and neighboring Big Island Bowls, and those businesses are still open. A new concept by different owners is already beginning to take shape in its place, I will have more on this once things become concrete. The reason for closing was not provided.

- Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar downtown is indeed closing. But if you recall my previous post about the upcoming Keys Florida Grill & Piano Bar, it is a joint venture between the team behind Emiliano's Cafe and the team behind Rockey’s. The piano bar will live on as part of the new restaurant, so it’s not really closing…it’s just relocating.

- The daughter of the husband and wife team behind Arepas Milko, is opening her own food truck with her husband. Tinker Food Truck debuts this Friday, May 17th at 6 PM until midnight at 3300 SW Archer Road. They’ll be serving Venezuelan burgers, perros (hot dogs), arepas, tequenos, and more. One of their menu items, a Double Burger with a beef patty, pork chop, bacon, cheese, cabbage, and housemade sauce is already making a buzz on their Instagram.

- Nine Spices Fondue is a new Asian hotpot restaurant from Orlando who recently opened a Gainesville location off 34th and Archer next door to World of Beer. Diners cook their own meats, veggies, and more in a pot of stock, and the different ingredients make their way around the restaurant on a conveyor belt. Not sure why they call themselves fondue though...

- Darby's Eatery & Desserts has been open for a hot minute at 1323 South Main Street serving sandwiches, burgers, wings, barbeque, and from what I hear…some very solid Southern cuisine. I haven’t had a chance to make it out there yet, but I’m told Soul Food Fridays have been quite the hit. It’s the day where you can find oxtail, pig’s feet, chitterlings, and more.

- The Asian invasion continues with a new Filipino restaurant as well named Nenita’s at 2445 SW 13th Street. Items like pancit, adobo and rice, and lumpia will all be available.

- Some of you have asked about the delayed Irish 31 Pub at Butler Town Center. I'm told they are now on track to open in August.

- Fans of the Impossible Burger at Loosey's and Dick Mondell’s are out of luck as Impossible Foods, the makers of the burger, is unable to supply a lot of smaller accounts right now. They won’t admit it, but many people (including me) believe it’s because of their new deal with Burger King. But the company is offering an apology to fans, if you fill out some info on this site, they’ll send you a gift: https://impossiblefoods.com/berightback/

I’m sorry I’ve been slacking, in addition to travel and other things that take precedent in my life, I’ve had to uh…reach deep for some motivation. But I’m still here and I’m still doing this, albeit at a much less frequent pace. An overdue updated Best-Of list will be coming shortly.

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