Restaurant roundup: Father Phil's, Wharf Express, Midnight Cookies

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

A new sandwich joint called Father Phil's opened Monday in the recently closed Roly Poly Sandwiches location at 4123 NW 16th Blvd. in Millhopper Square.

Father Phil's tagline is "heavenly sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads" with a religious-themed menu with sandwich choices that include The Creator (build your own), The Apocalypse, The Pope, The Cardinal, The Bishop and The Deacon, plus Garden of Eden salads. Prices range from $3.95 to $6.95 and the restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

Rob Pruitt opened Father Phil's, saying he retired five years ago after owning large businesses and living all over the country before returning to his native Alachua County.

Roly Poly is an Atlanta-based sandwich chain. A June 1 post on the Gainesville shop's Facebook page said, "Thank you all for making Roly Poly a success in Gainesville for 10 years. ... The Parikh family has moved on to another venture."

Wharf Express

Wharf Express, a fast-casual seafood restaurant from Tallahassee, is coming to Gainesville with hopes of opening Aug. 10 at 3333 SW 34th St. in University Towne Center.

The menu includes seafood, chicken and salads. Patrons order at the counter and the food is delivered to their table.

Wharf Express has six locations in Florida, including five in Tallahassee, and two in Alabama, with another coming to Panama City Beach. The franchise agreement calls for three Gainesville locations, said Lori Fitzpatrick, vice president of public relations.

Midnight Cookies

Midnight Cookies moved out of its shared kitchen space at California Chicken Grill and opened its own storefront May 31 at 3345 SW 34th St.

The store offers fresh-baked cookies and milk for dine-in, carryout or delivery with store hours from 3 p.m. to early morning and delivery orders starting at 5:30 p.m. most days. It opens at 6 p.m. on Mondays.

The menu includes traditional cookies such as chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and sugar, creative favorites such as cookies and cream, red velvet, birthday cake, maple bacon and banana.

Midnight Cookies is owned by husband and wife team Jonathan and Jennifer MacAllister.

Jonathan said they plan to offer coffee and other baked goods at a later date.

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