Formaggio's, BurgerFi open, while Coffee Culture, The Mix close

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 5:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 5:07 p.m.

Bistro and wine bar opens in Thornebrook

Formaggio's Bistro and Wine Bar is now open in the Thornebrook Village shopping center at 2441 NW 43rd St.

Among the offerings are soups, salads, sandwiches and wine by the glass and bottle.

“We're in the beginning stages, but so far it's been pretty good,” said Michael Ragusa, a longtime chef from New York who most recently served as the executive chef at the Sandy Butler restaurant in Fort Myers.

Ragusa moved to Gainesville to start Formaggio's, his first venture on his own, and he runs it with his wife and stepfather, along with two waiters.

The hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; and closed on Sundays.

BurgerFi opens on Archer Road

National chain BurgerFi had its first opening in Gainesville on Saturday. About 40 to 50 employees will work there.

It has many earth-friendly features: furnishings made from reused materials and the practice of recycling cardboard, plastic, glass and cooking oil. Menu items include burgers, hot dogs, fries, wine, beer and frozen custard.

BurgerFi is located in Butler Plaza at 3518 Archer Road and is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Coffee Culture location closes, Relish to move in

Coffee Culture's Newberry Road business has closed, while its other location, at 2020 NW 13th St., will remain open.

“It just came time to make a decision,” owner Alisa Kenney said, “and so I just had to face reality and let it go.”

Property owner AMJ Inc. confirmed that a Relish hamburger shop will take over the location at 3822 W. Newberry Road. In June, Coffee Culture will hit 11 years in Gainesville, she said.

The Mix closes

The Mix Bistro on Southwest Second Avenue closed Monday.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to meet the sales goals that we had hoped for, and we've made the decision to close,” the business wrote in an email to customers.

The Mix, which opened in May 2013, had just changed its name from KC Crave because of a name conflict with the Crave restaurant chain.

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