Openings for Gigi's Cupcakes, The Coop and Five Bar

Published: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:25 p.m.

The Gigi's Cupcakes franchise has arrived in Gainesville.

The locally owned sweet shop will hold its grand opening Saturday, featuring raffles, activities for kids and an appearance by founder Gigi Butler.

The gourmet cupcakes change in flavor daily, ranging from Chocolate Salted Caramel to Creme Brulee. Mini cheesecakes and stuffed cookies are other delicacies on the menu.

Local owner Nicole Rollins said she felt like she was walking into a candy store the first time she stepped into Gigi's Cupcakes and she wanted to bring that experience to the Gainesville community.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon at 3524 SW Archer Road, Suite 130.

The Coop

The Coop restaurant will open Saturday in the recently closed Kay Bros. BBQ space at 1620 W. University Ave. The menu includes fried chicken tenders, boneless wings and shakes. Owner Steven Kay said it will offer college-friendly prices and quick service.

Kay, also owner of Kay Bros., said the former restaurant's prices weren't as convenient for college students. The Coop aims to fix that.

Although Kay Bros. is no longer there, its catering options are still available.

A grand opening event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday featuring free chicken tenders and sweet tea.

Five Bar

Five Bar will open its doors Thursday at 104 S. Main St.

The menu will include five of everything – entrees, snacks, signature cocktails, red wines and white wines. Prices will range from $7 for snacks and up to $28 for entrees.

A brunch menu also features mimosas, caramel apple beignets and chicken and waffles, among other items. Happy hour specials will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.

La Fiesta

The La Fiesta at 908 NW 69th Terrace has closed and merged into its second location at 9513 NW 39th Ave.

The family-owned Mexican restaurant has been around since 1989. The Castro family decided to close the other location because the landlord plans to sell the property and utility expenses were very high, said co-owner Guadalupe Castro.

She said she is hoping loyal customers will follow the business to its second location and added that the family will be looking for a place to reopen a new La Fiesta.

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