Restaurants: Harvest Thyme, Billy Bobz, Rowdy Reptile, Southern Charm


Owners Omar and Arpita Oselimo, shown in this Feb. 20, 2013 file photo, have extended Southern Charm Kitchen's hours to seven days a week.

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Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:41 p.m.

Harvest Thyme Cafe opened a second location in the Magnolia Parke shopping center on Tuesday next to Starbucks in the former Silver Dragon Restaurant location at 4780 NW 39th Ave.

The menu includes the same sandwiches -- including the popular tuna apple melt -- homemade soups, fresh fruits and pasta salad as the downtown location. It does not include smoothies because of a noncompete agreement involving Starbucks.

The new location will also be open later -- until 6 p.m. The downtown location closes at 4:30 p.m.

"We saw the potential for the market out there," co-owner Coleen Tobin said of Magnolia Parke. "We just want to spread the goodness around."

Both locations offer free delivery with no minimum order.

Jennifer and Mike Davidson opened the first Harvest Thyme in Alachua in 1999 and opened the downtown location in 2001. They sold the restaurant to their management team in 2012, according to the Harvest Thyme website.

Billy Bobz Bar-B-Q

Billy Bobz Bar-B-Q opened about a month ago at 1228 W. University Ave., next to the Holiday Inn. The location housed Saigon Legend before it moved in 2011.

Owners William and Robert Pulley of Hampton could not be reached for comment. According to a sign at the entrance, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers catering.

The Rowdy Reptile

Munchies 4:20 Cafe closed in May so the owner could replace it with The Rowdy Reptile bar, which opened two weeks ago.

Munchies, originally of Sarasota, opened in 2011 at 1702 W. University Ave. Owner J.D. Chester opened Fat Daddy's bar downstairs last year. A manager said they are looking for a new location to reopen Munchies.

Southern Charm Kitchen

Southern Charm Kitchen is now open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The restaurant at 1714 Hawthorne Road opened in September 2012 with Tuesday through Saturday hours.

Owner Omar Oselimo said in a February interview that he wanted to get his new staff up to speed before opening every day and expects Sunday to be their busiest day.

Omar and Arpita Oselimo also own Reggae Shack Cafe.

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