The News 10/11/2020



Just a few tidbits to share with y’all on this lovely Sunday. Hope everyone’s still doing swell! As a reminder, make sure you’re following me on Instagram (@keneatsgainesville) for more content. My Facebook is reserved for long form stuff, and I’ll be working on finally updating some website content soon. That said, let’s dive right into the news…


- Those of us on the west side of town can soon look forward to a much bigger dining room and increased outdoor dining at Volcanic Sushi. They have purchased the former Fresco’s Italian location in Haile Village, and will be relocating there. The current Volcanic location will become a Tacos Volcan. Their hope is to be relocated by the end of October.


- Tinker Food Truck’s brick and mortar location is set to hold a grand opening on October 16th. They are still not revealing the location to the public just yet, but it will be located on South Main Street and have ample parking.


- With the closing of SE 1st Avenue for restaurant tables, it has enabled Crane Ramen to reopen for outdoor seating service. Order at the front counter, grab a table, and they’re bringing out hot bowls of ramen in recyclable bowls. Words cannot express my joy.


- Luke’s New York Bagels is still a couple weeks out from rolling out the food truck that will be serving breakfast sandwiches. They’ve already re-configured the waiting around in front of the shop to make room for it. Parking is improved now as customers can now park at the lot just south of Luke’s, on the other side of the old rock gym near the Depot Avenue round-about.


- A new downtown farmer’s market recently launched on October 1st, and will be held every Thursday from 4 PM to 7 PM at the Heartwood Soundstage located at 619 South Main Street. GNV Market launched at half capacity with 35 vendors, with plans to scale up to 70. Visitors can expect local farmer stands, produce, flowers, prepared foods, drinks, crafts, and live music.


- Swamp Head Brewery recently announced their tasting room is now re-opened for business, while still maintaining the drive-thru service they have rolled out during the pandemic. They will be operating 100% outdoors for now, with temporary hours of 2 PM to 8 PM on Tuesdays to Thursdays, 12 PM to 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and 12 PM to 6 PM on Sundays. Closed Mondays.


- Swamp Boil, a new Cajun Seafood & Vietnamese Cuisine restaurant helmed by Chef Steve Grimes (formerly of Wayward Fox and Crane Ramen) will officially open its doors on Monday, October 12th. Located at 2001 NW 13th Street, the restaurant is culmination of two years of planning and work. For those of us who really enjoyed Wayward Fox during its brief but wonderful run will be happy to see some familiar items on the menu as well.


- Patticakes’ Town of Tioga location is still under construction, and when I stopped by last week, they were just getting ready to paint. The location is taking on a tropical theme. They are likely at least several weeks away from opening.

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