Restaurants: A new Blue Highway, Burgers4U, Harvest Thyme and more


The new Blue Highway location in Ocala is expected to open soon.

Joe Byrnes/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.

Blue Highway is opening a third pizzeria, this one in Ocala.

The new location opens Monday at 2130 E. Silver Springs Blvd.

Frank and Winny Ruffino opened their first location on U.S. 441 in Micanopy in 2004 and the second location in Tioga Town Center in Jonesville in 2009.

Burgers4U

A new burger place called Burgers4U is moving into the former Back Yard Burgers location at 3400 SW 34th St.

According to its website, the restaurant offers large free-range, grass-fed beef, buffalo and turkey burgers with a variety of cheeses, toppings and gluten-free breads, as well as a vegan pattie. An opening date was not available and the owner could not be reached for comment.

Tupelo Grill

Tupelo Grill closed for business last week.

Owner Rich Wenk declined to comment on the record about the reasons.

Tupelo opened in February 2012 at 4401 NW 25th Place, in the former Las Margaritas location off of Northwest 43rd Street.

La Fiesta

La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant moved to 908 NW 69th Terrace in April after closing a few months earlier at 738 NW 10th Place. The restaurant moved the short distance for the larger location with more parking next to Red Lobster. The new location includes bar seating and a private party room. It last housed the short-lived Mr. Tequila's.

La Fiesta also has a location at 9513 NW 39th Ave.

Harvest Thyme

Harvest Thyme Cafe and Catering is renovating a space in Magnolia Parke on Northwest 39th Avenue to open a second location.

The first location is downtown at University Avenue and Main Street.

Garden Grille & Bar

The Great American Grill breakfast buffet in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn was renamed the Garden Grille & Bar and added dinner as part of a multimillion dollar renovation project for the hotel and the adjacent Homewood Suites by Hilton.

It is located off of Southwest 40th Boulevard behind the Butler Plaza Target.

The new menu includes salads, steaks, fish and chips, chicken, pasta, sandwiches and flatbreads, among other entrees.

Sabore

Sabore remains very much alive despite the impression left on a customer who saw a locked door and a past due tax notice, according to co-owner Gil Levy.

Levy said the Tioga Town Center restaurant is always closed on Mondays and that the tax notice - for a $2,405 tangible property tax owed to Alachua County - was for the restaurant's prior owner.

Sabore LLC, consisting of Levy and Horst and Luisa Ferrero, bought Sabore from PW Restaurant Group in May 2012.

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