RESTAURANT ROUNDUP

Ichiban Sushi, Captain D's close; Panda Express coming to Archer Road


Published: Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 4:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 4:59 p.m.

The Ichiban Sushi in downtown Gainesville closed at the end of July but the restaurant's location off Northwest 43rd Street remains open.

David Young owned the first location for about 10 years when he opened the downtown location in February 2010. Shortly afterward, he died and son Jason took over management of both.

Jason Young could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

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Captain D's seafood restaurant in Butler Plaza closed July 17 and will be demolished to make way for a Panda Express with a drive-through.

Mike Everage, real estate manager for Panda Express, said they expect to open in late October.

"It takes 100 days to build," he said.

The Asian fast food chain has locations in the Reitz Union and the health science building on the University of Florida campus.

"The lease was up (for Captain D's) and we got a very attractive offer from Panda Express to replace them," said Hal Lambert, vice chairman of Regency Windmeadows, which owns that portion of Butler Plaza. "Panda's going to create a lot of interest in our front door. It was very successful at the student union, has great name recognition with students, they wanted to grow in Gainesville and they liked our site."

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The Magnolia Parke Tavern closed about a month ago, less than a year after converting from a Kazbor's Grille.

The franchise owner shut down Kazbor's in December and reopened in January as Magnolia Parke Tavern with an updated menu.

The location at 4860 NW 39th Ave. is available for lease and has somebody interested in it, said Realtor Mike Ryals of Bosshardt Realty Services.

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Pazza Bistro closed two weeks ago and moved to Pinellas Park, where the owner has family, according to property owner Michael Moser.

He said the location, at 3841 Archer Road between Chipotle and Bento Cafe, has been leased to a new "sandwich, dessert place with an Asian flair" that he hopes will open in the fall.

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A sign announcing the coming of Asian Cafe has gone up at the former KFC at 7605 Newberry Road. The owner could not be reached for comment.

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