TooJay's, Flying Biscuit to open

Published: Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 7:44 p.m.

Two new small, regional chain restaurants are in the process of renovating Gainesville locations of previously closed restaurants.

TooJay's Original Gourmet Deli is slated for a late February-early March opening in the former Rafferty's restaurant at 3410 SW Archer Road in Butler Plaza while the Flying Biscuit Cafe is working to open in early April in the former Golden Lights near the Fresh Market in the Millhopper area.

Owner, president and CEO William Korenbaum described TooJay's as a full-service, Jewish-style deli - though not kosher - offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as catering, delivery and over-the-counter deli sales.

Despite the state of the economy, Korenbaum said TooJay's is doing very well by offering a large selection - 300-plus menu items - at reasonable prices. That includes making the full lunch menu available during dinner hours.

The restaurant also gets catering business from hospitals and at its restaurant near the University of Central Florida in Orlando despite a dearth of restaurants nearby, he said, making Gainesville a good fit.

The restaurant will employ 70 to 75 full- and part-time workers.

The first TooJay's opened in Palm Beach in 1981 and has expanded to 25 locations in South and Central Florida.

The Flying Biscuit is an Atlanta breakfast institution going on 15 years that has franchised to include seven current locations. Local Moe's and Heavenly Ham franchisee Stan Given will be opening the eighth or ninth franchise.

The restaurant offers breakfast all day and also lunch and dinner menus, as well as beer and wine, with recipes by founder and cooking show regular Delia Champion, who is scheduled to attend the opening.

"People who have been to Atlanta and know about the Biscuit are excited about it coming to Gainesville," Given said. "It's eclectic. I think it will be well-received."

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