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Ivy House relocates; Ker's WingHouse opening Friday


Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 3:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 3:39 p.m.

The Ivy House has relocated its Southern restaurant from Alachua to Ocala. The Ivy House location in Williston remains open.

The restaurant closed its location in the Williams-LeRoy House in Alachua about 60 days ago. It is moving to the former 1890 House at 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd. near the Ocala downtown square.

The owner had not returned a call by late Wednesday. An employee in Williston said the Ocala location would open in about a week and a half.

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Southern Soul Restaurant & Lounge opened Aug. 18 in the former Club 51 at 15 NE Second Ave. in High Springs.

After selling garlic blue crabs at festivals, Jo Grandison opened the restaurant with her mother, Priscilla Darling.

Grandison described the jazz-themed menu as homestyle cooking with items such as Art Tatum's oxtails and yellow rice, Miles Davis liver and onions and Muddy Waters fresh mullet platter.

The lounge has live jazz and blues.

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After months of preparation, Ker's WingHouse Bar & Grill is scheduled to open Friday evening in the former Shoney's and Michael's location at 3857 Archer Road.

The “breastaurant” that touts its “attractive and polite” WingHouse Girls is owned by Crawford Ker, former Gator All-American and NFL player.

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Sweet Dreams is planning to open its second location in east Gainesville after all, possibly as soon as next week.

The homemade ice cream shop had planned to open last year in partnership with the Reichert House, employing boys from the after-school program. When they couldn't reach a contract agreement, the Reichert House opened an ice cream shop at 1040 E. University Ave. that sold DeConna ice cream, but it closed within weeks.

Sweet Dreams Eastside in the same location plans to have three boys from Reichert House as interns, owner Michael Manfredi said.

He said he had planned to open this week before finding out that Reichert House did not have a restaurant license to transfer to him, so he said he is applying for a plan review with the state Division of Hotels and Restaurants.

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El Norteno Mexican Restaurant closed Sept. 1 after 10 years at 516 NW 75th St.

The location at 2445 SW 13th St. remains open.

Owner Jaime Lopez said the lease expired in May, and he decided not to renew because business was slow, competition had increased and it was too much work to operate two restaurants.

Garcia and a former partner had split the two restaurants. He took over the 13th Street location and reopened it about a year ago after his former partner shut it down. He said he has three years left on that lease.

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