Restaurants: Oyster House location becoming special-events venue
Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 4:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 4:38 p.m.
Gainesville Catering is opening a special-events venue called Cellar 12 on Wednesday at 12 SE Second Ave. in downtown Gainesville in the recently closed 2nd Ave. Oyster House location.
The venue is open for events including holiday parties with Gainesville Catering's international menu of Indian, Italian or Caribbean food. Catering is also available off site.
Gainesville Catering is managed by 101 Management Group, which also owns 101 Downtown, 101 Cantina and Simon's Club.
The downtown location has hosted several short-lived restaurants since The Sovereign closed in 2006, including Ti Amo for over four years and Blue Water Bay and the Oyster House within the past year.
Blue Water Bay
After its short-lived go in downtown Gainesville, Blue Water Bay now has turned its attention to opening a second location in Palatka.
Owner Byron Terwillegar said he is a couple weeks away from opening a full restaurant at Crystal Cove and a breakfast and lunch place across the parking lot at the marina. The marina has added 200 boat slips and has room for larger boats, he said.
The full restaurant at 131 Crystal Cove is the former location of Corky Bell's before it moved to East Palatka. Terwillegar said the Palatka location will have a similar menu to his Melrose location.
Vegan 2 Go
David Tran of the Loving Hut vegan food booth at the Union Street Farmers Market plans to open Vegan 2 Go in the former Green Mango location at 7625 Newberry Road -- and take the new name for the downtown booth.
Tran said he hopes to open by the end of the month if all goes as planned.
The menu will include raw summer rolls in peanut sauce and fried spring rolls, a beef-like soy barbecue, ginger-onion flavored soy chicken, curries, yellow rice and noodles.
Tran said he coordinated the opening of Loving Hut restaurants in Orlando. He also helped serve thousands of meals a day to victims of Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans and sent dried vegan food to Haiti.
"It's not just for business. I want to share healthy options," he said.
Sugar Creek has opened for breakfast and lunch in the former Jeff's New York Deli at 2226 NW Sixth St. The eatery offers large portions of home-cooked meals, including big omelets. The menu also includes sandwiches, burgers and 30 different milkshakes. Owner Jeremiah Gongloff previously operated a restaurant in Ohio.
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