Restaurant roundup: Five Guys, Sweet Dreams and Taco Bell
In other food news, Gator Dawgs is staying open and at least one Sonic is reopening.
Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 9:42 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 9:42 a.m.
In restaurant news, new Five Guys and Sweet Dreams are planning March openings, and a rebuilt Taco Bell is opening next week.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries is shooting for a March opening depending on city inspections for its second Gainesville location at Northwest 43rd Street and 16th Boulevard.
The restaurant is under construction in part of the old Hollywood Video in the Marketplace Shopping Center anchored by The Fresh Market.
The first location had the busiest opening weekend for its franchise owner and the second best ever for a Five Guys in the U.S. when it opened in July at 3310 SW 35th Blvd., off Archer Road, said Scott Gaylord, its general manager.
He said they are looking forward to opening in the new location and being part of a different market with more “business professionals and a hometown community.”
Sweet Dreams Homemade Ice Cream of Gainesville will be opening an ice cream shop in partnership with the Reichert House at 1040 E. University Ave in mid-March.
The Reichert House, an after-school program for young men run by the Gainesville Police Department, will operate the ice cream store using Sweet Dreams' brand identity and products, said Michael Manfredi, owner of Sweet Dreams.
Although the details are still being worked out, he said he thinks the restaurant will be a tool to raise money for the Reichert House. Someday he would like to expand this role and provide students with vocational training.
“My true dream for this is that we would be employing current Reichert House students and former Reichert House students,” he said.
He decided to work with the after-school program after learning about the Reichert House Cafe, a program under which staff and students operate a cafe inside a restaurant when it's not open.
Manfredi said the ice cream shop is being funded by private donations to the program.
Taco Bell's new location will open next week at 7410 W. Newberry Road - in the parking lot of its former location.
The prior building, which was more than 50 years old, was torn down Jan. 13.
Bill King, vice president of operations for Florida Bells LLC, which owns the Taco Bell, said it made more sense to start from scratch than to invest in an old building.
“It was time to build a brand new location and bring everything up to today's standards,” he said.
The new Taco Bell is roughly the same size,but now has two drive-through windows, 26 additional employees and a new decor.
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