Asian eateries opening; organic market coming


Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:57 p.m.

Bangkok Square opened Feb. 9 in Kanapaha Station at 6500 Archer Road, the shopping center that includes Beef O'Brady's and Cloud 9 Spa.

The restaurant offers Thai food and a sushi bar. Menu items include curries, soups, fried rice and noodles and sautéed dishes.

The hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Koyo Grill

Koyo Grill Sushi and Thai is coming to 3720 NW 13th St., the plaza that also includes Publix, Stevie B's, China One and other businesses.

The new restaurant will replace Fuji Hana, which is still in business, but with a change in ownership will change its name to Koyo Grill.

Koyo is working on permitting and switching out the sign, so there isn't an exact timeline for opening.

Employees don't expect the changeover to cause downtime in the business.

Bangkok and Koyo are the latest Asian restaurants to make moves in Gainesville. Wah Ha Ha opened in January in the former Bahn Thai location at 1902 SW 13th St. Meanwhile, Bahn Thai moved to 1023 W. University Ave., and Rice Thai Sushi & Asian Fusion opened in December at 3550 SW 34th St.

Endzone

Endzone sports bar, which opened in April 2011, closed earlier this month.

"For Sale" appears on the marquee, and calls to the business were unanswered.

Endzone was known for its University of Florida color theme, sports memorabilia and sports facts on display.

It was located at 1209 W. University Ave. in the former Mellow Mushroom.

— Michael Stone

Earth Fare

Earth Fare, an organic supermarket chain, is expected to open a Gainesville store in February 2015, said Brian Kaufman, manager of the Tallahassee location.

Kaufman said the store is coming to Archer Road, but he did not confirm an exact location. Earth Fare representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

One possible location is the University Towne Center along Southwest 34th Street near Archer Road. An expansion project on 5.3 acres of vacant land east of Carrabba's is bringing in new tenants, and Nick Banks, managing director of Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group, said in January that the developer was working with a grocer and national retailer.

Steven Siegel, president of Argate Properties in Miami Beach, the developer working on the University Towne Center project, said construction should begin by early August and the first space should be delivered to a tenant by February or March 2015.

Siegel said he's negotiating with a possible tenant, but he did not release any names.

"It's kind of fluid at this point. As you can appreciate, our first objective is to nail down anchor space," he said.

Earth Fare describes itself as a healthy supermarket known for its strict food philosophy, which bans products with high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors and sweeteners, and synthetic growth hormones, according to its website. Products that aren't allowed on its shelves are added to the "boot list."

Based in Fletcher, N.C., Earth Fare has 31 locations in nine states. Kaufman said the chain is looking to expand to other Florida regions from its one location in Tallahassee.

— Carla Vianna

Michael Stone and Carla Vianna are Gainesville Sun correspondents.

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