Restaurant roundup: Calico Jack's closes; new eateries on the way

Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 4:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 4:07 p.m.

Calico Jack's Oyster Bar & Seafood House was evicted for nonpayment Monday, landlord Tom Mowry of Equilease confirmed.

The restaurant owners could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Vinod Bajaj, who bought the business in 2006, told The Sun in December 2010 that business -- already hurt by the recession -- was down another 30 percent because of perceptions about the safety of oysters following the Gulf oil spill.

Mowry said several people are interested in opening a restaurant and bar at the location at 3501 SW Second Ave.

“We'll have something open by football season, certainly catering to the student population and families,” he said.

SweetBerries Eatery and Frozen Custard

SweetBerries Eatery and Frozen Custard will be moving into the Books Inc. and Book Lover's Cafe building at 505 NW 13th St.

SweetBerries is a family business with locations in Bradenton and Sarasota. It serves deli sandwiches, salads, soups and frozen custard -- a type of ice cream with a small amount of egg yolk and less air.

Renovations will begin while the Books Inc. used bookstore winds down before closing in July, said Jane Osmond, who is opening the restaurant with her sister, Janice. The cafe inside the bookstore already has closed.

Menu items include chicken salad and tuna salad sandwiches, the New Orleans muffaletta sandwich, the Kansas City roast beef sandwich, blackbean and sausage soup, gorgonzola salad and broccoli salad.

Osmond said the restaurant also has pledged to include the Book Lover's favorite tempeh reuben.

In addition to frozen custard, SweetBerries will have “concrete” -- a thick frozen yogurt with mix-ins available.

Relish Big Tasty Burgers

Relish Big Tasty Burgers opened its downtown Gainesville location April 23 in the former Quizno's at 201 SE First St.

The eatery has the same menu as the midtown location, including fresh-made burgers, all-beef kosher hot dogs, beer and wine. In addition, the new location has a Pita Pit Express with premade salads and cold pitas. Owner and founder Rob Roche also owns the midtown Pita Pit franchise.

Pickled Pelican Bar and Eatery

The Pickled Pelican Bar and Eatery of Cedar Key is opening a second location in the former Kazbor's Grille at 14209 Newberry Road in Jonesville.

According to a May 3 post on the restaurant's Facebook page, it will open at the end of the week. The owners could not be reached for comment.

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