Bombay, Firefly, Chuy’s lead list of restaurant openings


Published: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 3:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 3:41 p.m.

Bombay Restaurant opened Friday at 12 W. University Ave. in the spot last occupied by the Zuzu restaurant.

The restaurant, owned by the Patel family affiliated with Sharab Lounge, is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

It is affiliated with the Jolie Events banquet hall and catering company next door.

Events coordinator Carrie Lee said Bombay’s menu features upscale cuisine and cocktails with elements of Indian cuisine including many vegetarian options and Tandoor cooking. It also includes wines from around the world.

Reservations are available at Rezbook.com or 352-377-9468.

Firefly Restaurant quietly opened in April for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a historic house across from the Newberry City Hall at 25461 Newberry Road.

Owner and head chef Carl Johnson was formerly sous chef at O!O Tapas & Tinis and executive chef at O!O Garden Grille.

Johnson grew up in the Florida Keys, where he said his parents had a restaurant. He described the menu as Keys-style seafood such as conch chowder and Florida lobster tail, and Southern food, not to be confused with country food, including a smothered char-grilled ribeye steak, a smoked pork chop with mashed sweet potatoes and sliced beef tenderloin.

He said the most popular items are a shrimp and scallop combo and fisherman’s stew. Entree prices vary from $5 to $19, with a median price around $10 to $12.

Firefly includes a full bar and has a 1,000-square-foot screened-in deck.

Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant opens Tuesday in the former TooJay’s Deli at 3410 SW Archer Road in Butler Plaza.

O!O Tapas and Tinis has a new look and a new menu with lower prices.

Owners Angela and Doug Stone said they got rid of overly expensive items and added new, lower-priced items such as sushi, a turkey club, fish and chips, fish tacos, new flatbreads and a couple new tapas.

“We’d become a special-occasion restaurant, and I need to get it settled back down to where we’re a regular restaurant,” Doug Stone said.

O!O is at 2725 SW 91st St. in the Publix Market Square in Haile Plantation.

The new chef is Chad Wright, previously of the Great Outdoors Restaurant in High Springs.

Newberry’s Backyard Bar-B-Q has new owners.

Barbara Hendrix, executive director of Newberry’s Main Street program, and Penny Salisbury bought the business in April from brothers Charles and Will Olinger.

The Olingers had owned the restaurant since September 2007.

Backyard Bar-B-Q reached 14 years in business in April.

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