The News 9/17/2020



I only have a handful of updates right now, but these are some big ones.


-Daybreak Pleasant Street recently announced they will be closed indefinitely. The small dining room made it difficult to open while remaining both safe and profitable. Owners Michael and Patty did say in an announcement on Instagram, that they will reopen at a different location at some point in the future once the virus is under control. This was one of the best breakfast/brunch places we had, please join me in wishing Michael and Patty both the best and hope that we will be able to eat their food again soon.


-Of course, the other big news is the city rolling out their “StreateryGNV” project, closing certain city streets and making use of empty lots as outdoor dining for restaurants. A portion of University Avenue and SW 1st Avenue will be closed as well as Lot 10, the empty lot in front of Loosey’s Downtown. While the city is going to place tables and chairs at Lot 10, the rest of the closed street arrangements are up to the restaurants. Alpin Bistro has told me they will be adding some outdoor dining tables on the street in front of the restaurant. Crane Ramen has told me they will be reopening for limited outdoor dining this week (weather permitting) while they order new outdoor tables. They expect to be fully set up for outdoor dining by the beginning of October, and are looking to a shared tent with The Bull for outdoor seating.


-On a slightly separate note, and just a suggestion on my part. If anyone from the city is reading this, the outdoor dining on the streets could end up being a cool annual event in the future if it goes well. It would be so very European and as my friends at Alpin Bistro suggested, it could be an annual “HOORAY WE BEAT COVID!” outdoor dining celebration like “la rue est a vous” in Geneva. Just a thought…and if it doesn’t go well, you can always dump sand on it.


-Former Crane Ramen and Wayward Fox chef, Steve Grimes, has been tapped to helm the kitchen for Swamp Boil, an upcoming Vietnamese Cajun restaurant on 13th Street. They will feature low country boils, fresh seafood, traditional Vietnamese dishes, as well as a full bar. The restaurant is also expected to offer Brunch options. They are currently targeting an opening in early October.


-The Leaning Pig will soft open this coming Tuesday, September 22nd with delivery service rolling out the week after. The new sandwich, small plates, and salads restaurant is located in the former Gelato Company downtown and is a joint project between Dragonfly alum Dave Piasecki and Tommy Dorn.


-Sushi Eatstation’s Butler Plaza location is running their soft opening from 9/21 through 10/1 and will offer Buy One Get One 50% specials on rolls, bowls, burritos and “mini nori” on October 2nd and 3rd with the code “bogo50.” They will be located next to the Starbucks and BurgerFi right off Archer Road near Whole Foods.


-If you missed it over on my Instagram, Brother Cookie recently opened their brick & mortar location. Their cookies are gigantic and they are offering some unique flavors. I would recommend trying both the Chocolate Walnut (Levain Bakery inspired) and the Rosemary Balsamic Fig (trust me on this one).


-Speaking of Instagram, follow my Instagram. @keneatsgainesville – I post fun things on there and get into fights with angry sadbois. It’s a swell time!

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