Restaurant Roundup: Second Relish coming downtown
Published: Monday, January 23, 2012 at 5:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 23, 2012 at 5:05 p.m.
A second Relish Big Tasty Burgers is opening downtown in the former Quizno's location at 201 SE First St.
Owner Rob Roche said he is planning to open at the end of February and is excited about the “vibe and energy” developing downtown.
“With a lot more new restaurants and Innovation Square and all the things coming in that downtown core, it's coming alive,” he said.
Relish will include the same menu as the midtown location near campus, including fresh-made burgers, all-beef kosher hot dogs, beer and wine. In addition, the new location will have an outdoor patio and a Pita Pit Express with premade salads and cold pitas.
Roche also owns the midtown Pita Pit franchise.
He plans to sell Relish franchises in other Florida markets.
Peppers coming to Newberry Road
Peppers Mexican Grille & Cantina is coming to the location that most recently housed a Pizza Vito at 7750 Newberry Road.
Owner Juan Angel said he expects to open in four or five months.
Peppers is a full-service Mexican restaurant with seven locations in Florida and one in Georgia.
Dinner plates range from $8-13, and the restaurant has bar service, Angel said.
The first location opened in Port St. Joe about six years ago, he said.
McDonald's planned for Jonesville
Alachua County has approved a preliminary development plan to build a McDonald's with a drive-through at Newberry Road and West 143rd Street, next to Walgreen's in Jonesville. The project engineer still has to apply for a final development plan review.
City Crepes closed
City Crepes closed in November at 609 W. University Ave. after opening in March 2011.
Leasing agent John Thomas said the business was fairly successful but the operator wanted to go back to graduate school full time.
Owners Andi and Keidi Melengu could not be reached for comment.
Thomas said he has a list of prospects to fill the space that include boutique clothing, restaurants and office uses.
Virtually Cuban still closed
Virtually Cuban remains closed at 2409 SW 13th St. The restaurant closed in the early fall with a sign on the door saying it was closed until November, but thus far the business remains dark.
State incorporation papers lists the owner as C-N-N Ventures, which filed for dissolution in September.
The owners could not be reached and the property manager does not comment about clients.