Crane Ramen, Mobile Seafood coming to town

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.

Crane Ramen, a restaurant serving traditional Japanese ramen, is coming to downtown Gainesville at 16 SW 1st Ave. by the end of summer.

The location last housed Key West Cigar Co.

Co-owner Fred Brown describes the noodle dishes as "craft ramen," emphasizing the quality of the fresh broth made at the restaurant. Brown said local ingredients will be used to prepare the meals, which can come with vegetables, a hard-boiled egg and a protein dish.

Noodle bowls range from $10 to $12. The restaurant will be open for lunch, dinner and late-night hours, with beer, sake and wine also served.

Po Boy's

Po Boy's Seafood and Grill has replaced The Original Wharf Express at the University Towne Center on 34th Street. Po Boy's opened May 1, keeping much of the Wharf's menu, while making a few additions.

As the name suggests, po boy sandwiches are the specialty. Seafood combo platters, seafood tacos, grouper, scallops and garlic cheddar pups, which are like hush puppies, are among other items, said co-owner Neil Lawson.

Side items include red beans and rice, fried okra and cheese grits, among others. Prices range from $6 to $12 and the restaurant is closed on Sundays.

Lawson co-owns the place with Nikita Patalinghug and her husband, Ross Kaskeski. The trio also own the Maui Teriyaki on 34th Street and Archer Road.

Patalinghug said the previous Wharf owners suffered an illness in the family and opted out of the restaurant business to move back to Marianna.

Mobile Seafood

The new STM Mobile Seafood restaurant will bring seafood dishes right to your doorstep. The eatery, which is slated to open in mid-July at 1040 E. University Ave., will offer dine-in, take-out and delivery options.

Blue crab, snow crab and many types of fish make up the menu, said owner Queneller Clark, with Thursdays set aside as oyster night.

Clark said prices will range from $8 to $18, with a full tray of crabs costing around $15. In addition to seafood, a $7 breakfast will be offered every morning for city, state and county workers ($8.50 for regular customers).

With the opening of the restaurant, Clark said she hopes to bring something nice to the east side of town.

The location was last occupied by Sweet Dreams Eastside ice cream shop.

— Carla Vianna

Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby announced that it will open its Gainesville store in August.

The $890,000 interior buildout of the 55,000-square-foot store is underway in the former Stein Mart at 6111 Newberry Road near The Oaks Mall. The parking lot also will be repaired.

The company said in a news release that the store will employ 35 to 50 people paying $15 per hour for full-time jobs and $10 per hour for part-time jobs. The store has not started taking applications. A post at says employment information is to follow for an Aug. 1 planned opening.

Hobby Lobby, based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, carries more than 70,000 crafting and home decor products in 569 stores nationwide.

Two new outparcels are also under construction in front of the store. Interior work is underway on the Mattress Firm building and site work has begun for a Panera Bread building.

— Anthony Clark

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

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