Chomps opens, Red Robin opens soon and Yearling is for sale
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:50 p.m.
Chomps Sports Grill
Bob D'Alessio and Brad Bedson opened Chomps at 5109 NW 39th Ave. on March 1.
Chomps is a sports bar with room to grow into a space for sit-down dining, banquets and wedding rehearsals.
D'Alessio has been in the restaurant business for 25 years, and both he and Bedson have been at Ballyhoo Grill for more than 10 years.
The restaurant, which takes over a location previously occupied by Joe's Place, offers not only traditional sports bar fare of burgers and wings but also chicken picatta and filet mignon.
D'Alessio said he decided to have a soft opening, which was Feb. 22, to get a better feel for the market, as he had never opened a restaurant that far away from the UF campus.
Red Robin will open at 11 a.m. Monday on the north side of The Oaks Mall, according to a news release from Red Robin.
Red Robin is a 40-year-old restaurant chain based out of Greenwood Village, Colo., that boasts a variety of burger toppings, endless steak fries and a signature drink, Freckled Lemonade.
During opening week, all proceeds from sales of Freckled Lemonade will go to Alex's Lemonade Stand, a nonprofit organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research.
Robert Blauer is selling The Yearling, at 14531 East County Road 325 in Cross Creek, which he has owned since 1996.
Blauer is asking $695,000 for the restaurant and $195,000 for the multiple rentals near the property, said Rick Cain, commercial Realtor at Coldwell Banker MM Parrish Realtors.
Cain said the business is doing well, but Blauer wants to sell to have more time for his true passion as an antiques dealer.
The Yearling has won the Golden Spoon award from Florida Trend Magazine and serves everything from quail to prime rib.