Blue Water Bay changes name

Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 9:47 p.m.

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

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

Phone numbers for the restaurant were not working last 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.

Blue Water Bay

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

The Oyster House — at 12 SE 2nd 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 a sous chef at Hudson Clearwater in New York City.

GrubStubs 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,” said founder Conrad Stroman.

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

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

— Anthony Clark

Restaurant Week

Starting last Thursday, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce began offering locals and visitors a taste of the city.

Gainesville Restaurant Week, an event that gives chamber member restaurant owners the chance to showcase their restaurants, will continue until Sunday.

Restaurants all around town are offering special dining promotions to showcase their signature dishes. Guests will have the opportunity to choose three-course meals at a set price from menus specially created for Gainesville Restaurant Week.

Restaurants participating include 101 Cantina, 101 Downtown, Albert’s Restaurant, Beef’O’Brady’s, Blue Gill, Bombay Restaurant, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, David’s Real Pit BBQ, Emiliano’s Cafe, Mildred’s Big City Food, Napolatano’s Restaurant, New Deal Cafe, Sabore, Smokehouse Downtown, Take Away Gourmet, Vellos and The Warehouse Restaurant and Lounge.

Bombay Restaurant opened in June and is participating in the week. Bombay cooks many of its dishes in a traditional tandoor, a clay oven that roasts items evenly. They offer vegetarian as well as vegan and European-American dishes such as lamb, seafood and steak, said Carrie Reed, director of events.

Bombay’s four courses are being offered for $30 per person. Four courses for vegetarians will cost $20.

Menus for other restaurants range from $10-$30 per person and are available online at

— Amber Richards

Anthony Clark is the Gainesville Sun business editor and Amber Richards is a Gainesville Sun correspondent.

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