More restaurant happenings

Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:52 p.m.

The Jones B-side, the larger downtown version of The Jones Eastside, opened last Tuesday at 203 SW 2nd Ave.

Owner Maya Garner said the new Jones still will focus on local, sustainable food and will include cocktails from small-batch and Florida distilleries. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends.

The Jones Eastside will remain open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 401 NE 23rd Ave.

Subway/Taco Del Mar

A combination Taco Del Mar and Subway opened last Monday at 203 NE 39th Ave., two blocks west of N. Main Street.

The Subway was relocated from 3412 W. University Ave., a 750-square-foot store that closed Sept. 18 after at least 30 years.

Taco Del Mar is a Seattle-based quick-serve chain offering fish tacos, mission-style burritos, quesadillas, nachos, Baja Bowls, hard and soft tacos, and other items. The company was acquired in 2010 by Franchise Brands, a Subway sister company.

Zoe Haraden, franchisee with Singleton Subways, started Baja Foods with her husband, Doug Haraden, and Paul Brake with plans to open other Taco Del Mar locations in and around Gainesville.


SmokeHouse Gourmet Barbecue at 104 S. Main St. in downtown Gainesville closed earlier last month.

The business opened in December 2011 after more than a year of renovations. Owner Mike Nabers said the building is now for lease.

Rolls ‘n Bowls

After seven years, Rolls ‘n Bowls closed after business Sunday a week ago so the owners could prepare to reopen Monday as Yume Ume at 3117 SW 34th St.

Co-owner Hiro Leung described the new concept as "Rolls ‘n Bowls 2.0." It will include the same rice bowls but will have its own multigrain alternative for the brown rice and a mostly gluten-free menu.

Meat will be cooked slow starting in the early morning so that it will be ready to serve quickly, he said. Seafood will be fresh-catch, and produce will change seasonally. The interior is being redone with wood salvaged from 100-year-old barns.

Leung and partner Song Kim also own Dragonfly in downtown Gainesville.


Pepper's Mexican Grill & Cantina is open at 7750 Newberry Road, the former Pizza Vito and Shoney's location.

Anthony Clark is the Gainesville Sun business editor.

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