The News 6/6/2020

This is going to be a short news post, but I wanted to update everyone on a few other items of note locally.

- Yesterday was National Donut Day, but Halo Potato is extending it into a weekend celebration. Today (Saturday, June 6th) AND Sunday (June 7th) they’ll have giveaways and t-shirts printed on site for sale at their storefront. They’ll also have a “Black Lives Matter” design for sale with 100% of profits from those shirts being donated to the cause.

- More and more restaurants are starting to allow for limited dining room seating. Some of the restaurants currently seating inside are Dragonfly, Bangkok Square, La Pasadita, Headwaters, La Cocina de Abuela’s, Gator BTW, Yummy House, Ember's. Things are rapidly changing, and it’s hard for me to keep up lately between everything going on. So, if you know of more, and there are definitely more, please share below.

- As of yesterday, bars in the State of Florida are allowed to reopen. Though many local bars are taking their time and considering the best way to move forward safely. I’ve heard through sources that Madrina’s is planning on opening up by June 17th, with several other local bars including Crybaby’s expected to follow suit shortly thereafter.

- I found out with most of you that the Wednesday Union Street Farmer’s Market downtown has made a baffling permanent move away from Bo Diddley Plaza to…Celebration Pointe? I don’t honestly know the reasoning behind this, but it’s a tragedy for the downtown community and East Gainesville. Those of us who live on the west side of town already have the Haile’s Farmer’s Market. This move makes no sense to me. But Desperation Pointe has to attract people somehow, I guess. The Grove Street Farmer’s Market will still take place at Cypress & Grove Brewing Co. on Mondays from 4 to 7 PM.

- The 75th Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival is happening June 20th at the Country Way Town Square from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. There will be vendors, live music, food trucks, kids attractions, and of course…watermelon. For more information, visit

That’s it for now, folks. Can’t wait to get back to writing restaurant reviews. Stay safe.

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