Checkers closes in Butler Plaza
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 1:18 p.m.
The Checkers in Butler Plaza closed Feb. 25, according to a former employee.
The property is scheduled to be redeveloped into a strip center with five restaurants.
On Jan. 24, the City Plan Board approved a special use permit and development plan review to demolish the building at 3520 Archer Road, along with the adjacent former Florida Citizens Bank building, and rebuild a 10,700-square-foot building with five parcels and one drive-through lane.
The Brass Tap opened Feb. 18 at 3833 SW Archer Road.
The bar sells more than 300 craft beers — including 60 on tap — wine and cigars. Madison Glass, a trainer, said the bar plans to have live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Beef ‘O' Brady's owns the franchise rights and this is the fourth location.
Glass said that while the bar doesn't serve food, The Brass Tap has worked out a deal with surrounding restaurants where patrons can order food and the restaurant will walk meals over.
Red Robin and three other restaurants will open in The Oaks Mall later this month, said Angie McCann, general manager at the mall.
In the food court, Maki of Japan will replace Lotus Express, Suki Hana will replace Asian Chao and Charley's Grilled Subs will replace Great Steak & Potato Company.
All leases are signed independent of other restaurants, so it is coincidental that there are three closings in such a short time, McCann said.
Lasso's Steakhouse opened Jan. 28 at 104 S. Main St. in the former SmokeHouse location.
Owners Derrick and Wendy Bannister also own The Porterhouse steakhouse in Lake City.
Wendy Bannister said dinner can cost between $10 to $25 and is served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.
The restaurant also serves lunch until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with most dishes costing less than $10.
Louis Lee Jr., former chef of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity at the University of Florida, opened his own barbecue restaurant, LL's Bar-B-Que, opened on Feb. 2 at 3807 E. University Ave.
The restaurant showcases Lee's signature dish — his barbeque calzone filled with pulled pork, pulled chicken and pulled brisket — that he learned at a summer camp in Portland, Maine, and developed over his 32-year career. Lee said his ribs are the top seller.
LL's serves breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. He is considering opening on Sundays in response to requests for after-church dinners.
SweetBerries Eatery and Frozen Custard opened Feb. 1 at 505 NW 13th St. in the former Book Lover's Cafe location.
This is the third location of the sandwich, salad and frozen custard shop in Florida.
This report was compiled by Anthony Clark, the Gainesville Sun business editor, and Benjamin S. Brasch, a Gainesville Sun correspondent.
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