Firehouse Subs sells, RH Jacksonville opens


The $ 1 billion sale of Firehouse Subs – founded in Jacksonville by two firefighting brothers who then turned the popular sandwich shop into a global chain of more than 1,200 – dominated restaurant news in November.

The opening of the long-awaited luxury furniture retailer RH Jacksonville, The Gallery at St. Johns Town Center with its upscale rooftop restaurant, wine bar and lush garden has dazzled.

Sugar Factory American Brasserie has announced that it hopes to open its upscale confectionery and restaurant with its elaborate sweets and desserts in downtown markets near downtown St. Johns in early 2022.

Fire station submarines

Fire station submarines, the Jacksonville-based restaurant chain founded by Jacksonville firefighters Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen more than 25 years ago, is set to be acquired by Restaurant Brands International Inc. in a $ 1 billion deal. Restaurant Brands International, which also owns Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons, announced on November 15 that it plans to buy Firehouse Subs from the brothers. | Read more

RH Jacksonville, The Gallery

Luxury home furnishings retailer RH Jacksonville, The Gallery at St. Johns Town Center opened on November 19. Three stories with a restaurant and rooftop park, the store at 4831 Village Shops Way is designed to be a destination – a stylish and memorable destination. It offers visitors not only fine furnishings and unique works of art, but also a restaurant made with fresh ingredients. | Read more

American Sugar Brewery

American Sugar Brewery

Sugar Factory American Brasserie, an upscale confectionery and restaurant made popular by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and 50 Cent has released artist renders of its planned location at Markets at Town Center. Known for its elaborate treats such as celebrity-approved $ 25 Couture Pops, a $ 99 and 24 scoop ice cream sundae, gourmet milkshakes and desserts, Sugar Factory is slated to open in early spring 2022. It will replace the old Brio Tuscan. Grille, which closed in January 2020, at 4910 Big Island Drive. | Read more

Café Charis, 7200 boul.

City Rescue Mission Charis Café and thrift store

Nonprofit City Rescue Mission expanded its Charis Chocolates dessert and dining business into a stand-alone café and opened a new, larger thrift store on November 17 to support its community services. The café and thrift store can be found at 7200 Normandy Blvd. on the town’s Westside in the old Save A Lot store. The proceeds of both help support the mission’s many community services that help the homeless and others in need. Coffee is part of the mission life skills training program. | Read more

Southern Grounds & Co. at Jacksonville International Airport

South Lands & Co.

Southern Grounds & Co., a popular restaurant run by Jacksonville chefs, plans to open its new restaurant on Jan. 10 in Hall A at Jacksonville International Airport, owner Mark Janasik told The Times-Union. HMSHost will operate Southern Grounds Airport under a licensing agreement. The airport restaurant will be the fourth Southern Grounds & Co. in Jacksonville. Its menu will be identical to that of its sister restaurant Neptune Beach, he said. | Read more

Hakka Kitchen, 14471 Beach Blvd.

Hakka cuisine

Hakka Kitchen, formerly known as House of Leaf and Bean, opened on November 16 as a new full-service restaurant featuring Chinese country plant-based cuisine. The restaurant at 14474 Beach Blvd. evolved from the popular House of Leaf and Bean, founded by Wen Raiti in 2017, which wanted to provide healthy food in a peaceful community space, according to a press release announcing the opening. Raiti is of Hakka origin. Hakka Kitchen pays homage to the Hakka people and their culture. The Hakka are an ethnic Chinese and descendants of early dynasties in northern China, according to a press release announcing the restaurant.

Ellianos Coffee Company

Ellianos Coffee Company

Ellianos Coffee Company is seeking a building permit in Jacksonville for a new stand-alone, double-sided drive-through-only cafe at 8781 Old Kings Road. The estimated construction cost is $ 263,840 for the 800-square-foot kiosk, according to the permit, which is listed as being under review. If approved, it will be among at least five open or upcoming in the Jacksonville area. Lake City-based family-owned specialty coffee business plans | Read more



Publix opened its Northpoint Village shopping center on November 11 at 12541 Yellow Bluff Road, near New Berlin Road in North Jacksonville. Covering an area of ​​approximately 49,692 square feet, the grocery store and pharmacy are the mainstays of the shopping center developed by International Management Company. | Read more

BurgerFi plans to open a restaurant at Jacksonville International Airport in April 2022.


Burger Fi officials told The Times-Union that the artisanal burger restaurant hopes to open on April 1, 2022 in Hall A at Jacksonville International Airport. This will be the fourth BurgerFi in the Jacksonville area. Most of the BurgerFi menu will be offered at the JIA location. One notable exception: custard, officials said. | Read more

Cantina Louie

Cantina Louie

St. Johns County issued two separate building permits to Cantina Louie four days apart for the interior construction of new restaurants. The first, on October 21, was for a 4,960 square foot construction estimated at $ 653,000 at 465 Florida-13 North in St. Johns. The second, October 25, quoted approximately $ 692,180 for a 5,300 square foot construction at The Shoppes of Aberdeen, 3735 Longleaf Pine Parkway in Fruit Cove. Both permits mention the same contractor. Cantina Louie currently has 10 locations already open or planned in Florida and North Carolina, its website says.

Cold Stone Creamery, Ortega Park

The cold stone creamery

Cold Stone Creamery opened its fourth restaurant in Jacksonville shortly before Thanksgiving at Ortega Park Mall, 4495 Roosevelt Blvd. in Avondale. The glacier is one of the newer undertakings of the former Roosevelt Square, which is being redeveloped into Ortega Park. Cold Stone also has stores in St. Augustine, Yulee and Fruit Cove.

Clean Eatz, 4828 West Deer Lake Drive

Clean Eatz Jacksonville

Clean Eatz Jacksonville, which describes itself as “a healthy lifestyle restaurant specializing in preparing well-portioned meals” opened its second restaurant in the Jacksonville area on November 18. The new restaurant at 4828 West Deer Lake Drive is owned and operated by a local father and son, Jerry and Jer Mosiello. The first location in the area is at 661 Blanding Blvd. at Orange Park. It offers snacks, pizzas, burgers, salads, sandwiches and more. Clean Eatz says it can accommodate any dietary restrictions and offers the option of having each meal prepared by a personal chef at an affordable price.

Winn-Dixie Grand Cypress

Winn Dixie

Southeastern Grocers is building a new 43,613 square foot Winn-Dixie supermarket and liquor store at the Grand Cypress Mall at 100 Little Cypress Drive in St. Johns. The construction cost is estimated at nearly $ 4.4 million, according to a St. Johns County building permit issued Oct. 29. The mall is under construction at the former Bestbet site at Race Track Road and US 1. in northwest St. Johns County.


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