Joe’s Place closes, downtown Blue Water Bay changes name, GrubStubs starts up


Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 9:59 a.m.

Employees arrived for work Wednesday to find that Joe’s Place was closed.

An employee who asked not to be named said they were not given a reason.

Phone numbers for the restaurant were not working Wednesday, and the owner could not be reached for comment.

Joe’s Place, also known as Panama Joe’s, opened in 2005 at 5109 NW 39th Ave. in Timberwood Village. It was the last restaurant owned by Don Regan upon his death in 2007 that was still owned by his children. Grill Masters closed in 2008, followed by Steak and Pasta Works in 2009. Northwest Grille was sold to former executive chef Chris Fennell in 2011.

The downtown Blue Water Bay became the 2nd Ave. Oyster House on Monday with some changes to the menu and decor.

The Oyster House -- at 12 SE Second Ave. -- will have low country boils with crawfish, crab legs or boiled shrimp, new entrees and a lighter fare such as fresh catches and seafood stew. It will continue to have happy hour with half-price oysters, chicken wings, draft beer and wines.

Co-owner Shawn Shepherd said there was too much confusion with the Melrose restaurant because of differences in the menus.

The downtown location opened in November 2011 in the site of the former Ti Amo and Sovereign restaurants.

Out is Byron Terwillegar, who owns the Melrose restaurant. In is Chef Josh McMullen, a sixth-generation Gainesvillian who returns to raise his family after working as sous chef at Hudson Clearwater in New York City.

GrubStubs.com is a new service that allows people to sign up for social meal events at local restaurants.

The events include special meals, and attendees sit together in a group.

“We’re looking for people who like food and drink and want to discover new restaurants and get to know new people,” founder Conrad Stroman said.

Thursday night’s event is a three-course sushi and sake pairing at Taste Asian restaurant, formerly Taste of Saigon.

GrubStubs also has held events at SmokeHouse. Another -- Blues & BBQ -- is scheduled for Aug. 23.

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