More restaurant changes around Gainesville


Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 2:13 p.m.

Mexican restaurant Blue Agave opened Oct. 28 at 4401 NW 25th Place. Moving into what was the original Las Margaritas location, the full-serve restaurant offers a variety of Mexican favorites.

Menu items include chimichangas, seafood and the popular huevos con chorizo — eggs with Mexican sausage.

Owner Celine Arellano said more than 20 lunch specials are offered daily, including a taco salad and fish tacos.

Lunch prices range from $4 to $7, and dinner prices can go up to $13 for the seafood dishes.

* Linda Vista

Mexico Lindo is now Linda Vista after a transition in the restaurant's ownership.

Previous owner Alberto Roman — who owns Las Margaritas — sold the restaurant to the Soto family, who has worked at the restaurant for years.

Linda Vista is now owned by Carlos Soto and managed by his son, Luis Soto.

Luis Soto said they have added a few items, such as shrimp tacos and ribeye steak, but aside from these minor changes, the menu has remained the same.

He said the ownership transition was a "no-brainer" since the family has been involved with the restaurant for a while.

* Gourmet ice pops

What began as a humble popsicle stand in St. Augustine has flourished into a full popsicle shop, now expanding to downtown Gainesville.

The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops will feature fresh, homemade popsicles with seasonal flavors ranging from Pumpkin Cheesecake to Cranberry Habanero. The shop also will serve coffee that's brewed with cold water, known as "cold brew," a smoother option to regular coffee.

Owner Stephen DiMare, a University of Florida graduate, said he is excited to bring a Florida-born and fairly local addition to the Gainesville scene. He said there will be as many as 40 pop flavors available, and the selection will change every couple of weeks.

The Hyppo will be moving into the space underneath the Hampton Inn downtown, with plans to open in mid-December, he said. Pops cost around $3 each.

* Cafe C

On Halloween morning, an elderly driver crashed through the patio of Café C at 424 NW 8th Ave., causing severe damage to the restaurant. Workers were preparing to open the restaurant at the time of the incident, but no one was hurt, owner Leah Sherer said.

The restaurant closed its doors for repairs and reopened on Nov. 4. Café C is running as usual.

Sherer said there is still construction going on in the back of the restaurant, which limits customer capacity, but that the repairs were expected to be done before Thanksgiving.

The quirky café serves salads, homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and its signature blueberry iced tea. Live music welcomes guests every Sunday for brunch.

* Bahn Thai

Bahn Thai is moving to 1023 W. University Ave., former home of Italian restaurant Bella Donna's.

The Thai restaurant is expected to reopen in early December, owner Aung Chun said.

Bahn Thai opened in 1989 and was at 1902 SW 13th St. Chun and his wife, Moe Chun, took over the restaurant about three years ago.

The restaurant's menu will continue to offer authentic Thai food, adding special deals such as lunch specials ranging from $6 to $8, he said.

Chun said the restaurant is in a better location and will have late-night hours.

— Carla Vianna

* Yummy House

Yummy House China Bistro opened recently at 7605 Newberry Road, the former KFC location that last housed the short-lived Asian Cafe.

According to its website, Yummy House offers real Cantonese dim sum — which includes a wide variety of small-portion dishes — and authentic Chinese food.

Owners John Zhao and Tommy Tang are from Toishan, China, and own four other Yummy House restaurants — three in Tampa and one in Sarasota.

* Ameraucana Wood Fire

Ameraucana Wood Fire makes its debut as one of five food trucks stationed in the parking lot of High Dive at 210 SW 2nd Ave., for its No Fest? No Problem! event.

Owner Tyler Black said he has a wood-fired oven on a trailer from which he cooks pizza made with a wild yeast-fermented sourdough crust topped with meat from heritage breed animals; charcuterie-preserved sausage, salami and ham; and farm-raised vegetables.

Ameraucana refers to the breed of chicken that Black raises on his seven-acre farm in Alachua. Black was raised in Gainesville and recently returned after attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and working in the restaurant industry in Philadelphia.

* Cigar Lounge

The Key West Cigar Lounge closed on Oct. 11 after a little more than a year in business at 16 SW 1st Ave.

The owners could not be reached for comment, but an Oct. 9 Facebook post says they are looking for another location in Gainesville. The post refers to terms in their lease regarding smoke and a ton of money spent on "numerous remedies" to the smoke that did not satisfy the landlord.

— Anthony Clark

Anthony Clark is the Gainesville Sun business editor and Carla Vianna is a Gainesville Sun correspondent.

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