The News 1/21/2020

There’s a lot of juicy tidbits in this latest news update, so you’ll want to read through the whole thing. Many things are going on around town right now including a number of big changes. I’ll do my best to recap. Ready? Here we go.

- We’ll start off with the bombshell news I just got today that Lucky’s Market will be closing down February 12th. This wasn’t because of competition in town or under-performance, but rather part of 31 other stores they are closing down as the company has been bleeding money since being purchased by Kroger. All but one store in the entire state of Florida (Melbourne) will be closed. This marks the second major grocery closing in town after Earth Fare finally closed down earlier this month, but no one shopped there…at all.

- Good news for people who have been clamoring for Wayward Fox to offer lunch hours. Starting February 4th, they will be serving lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM on Tuesdays through Saturdays. There will also be a slight adjustment to their overall hours, as they will now be closed Sundays and Mondays, with dinner service running from 5 PM until 10 PM on Tuesdays to Thursdays, and until 11 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

- Halo Potato Donuts recently announced a permanent outpost for their food truck, “Angel”, which will now be parked at the Must Love Dogs Dog Park off Archer Road just west of I-75. This is in addition to their brick and mortar location on South Main Street. There is now an adjustment to their business hours as well, as they will only be open Thursdays through Sundays going forward. The Main Street location will be from 6:30 AM to Noon on Thursday/Friday, then 7 AM to 1 PM on Saturday/Sunday. The food truck will be open from 6:30 AM to 11 AM on Thursday/Friday, then 7 AM to Noon on Saturday/Sunday. As always, they will (likely) close early once sold out, so get there early.

- Another big change that recently happened was the selling of the Loosey’s location in Haile Plantation. Much of the menu will remain including their wings and burgers, but it is now rebranded as That Bar & Table. Downtown Loosey’s continues to operate under original ownership.

- The recently announced Sushi Hi Eatstation that’s going into Butler Plaza in the former Phenomenom Cookies location will now be officially joined by a second location in Midtown. The popular Orlando eatery featuring sushi rolls, bowls, and sushi burritos will occupy the former Taco Bell Cantina space.

- The 4th Avenue Food Park hosted a grand opening celebration this past week. The complex located just west of Main Street off SW 4th Avenue features Sublime Tacos, Fehrenbacher’s Artisan Sausage, Humble Wood Fire, Baker Baker, and the newly opened Opus Coffee location inside a renovated Airstream.

- Arepas Milko announced suddenly they would be moving out to the City of Newberry after leaving their Jonesville outpost and moving to 13th Street in Gainesville for a short amount of time. The 13th Street location did not work out, and they already held a lease to their current building with plans to open a brick and mortar. Now, the truck is permanently stationed at 285 SW 250th Street in Newberry and indoor seating is available.

That’s all for now, folks! And Happy Chinese New Year this weekend to those who celebrate it, my mom has pre-emptively given me bowls of rice, red envelopes, and little mandarin oranges to put all over the damn house.

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