After testing their concepts on the streets, some of Jacksonville’s popular food trucks are making the leap to brick-and-mortar restaurants.
Already this year, two food trucks have made that leap. And another is in the works.
In March, Pie95 Pizza opened at 1510 King St. in Riverside five years after Evan Eriksen launched the wood-fired artisan pizza concept with a food truck. And in April, K-Bop Jax Korean Kitchen opened at 4320 Deerwood Lakes Parkway on the Southside a little more than a year after debuting as a Korean barbecue food truck.
Now, Mr. Potato Spread, which was founded by Lakita and Aaron Spann as a catering service in 2014 before launching a food truck in 2016 (and later expanding to two area mall food courts), is planning its first standalone restaurant at River City Marketplace.
“It’s been a work in progress but it’s happening now … It’s exciting. It’s scary. But it’s a great opportunity,” Lakita Spann said.
They’re part of a small, but growing group of Jacksonville-area entrepreneurs that are taking their concepts from food truck to storefront.
And speaking of Pie95, Caron Streibich has a review of the new restaurant.
Another restaurant closing? Maybe.
Last week, I shared a list of restaurants that have closed this year.
This week, at least here, we’re temporarily adding another: Cousins Maine Lobster in Neptune Beach.
Although a post pinned to the restaurant’s Facebook page says the closing is temporary, the location has been removed from the directory of Cousins Maine Lobster restaurants and food trucks on the company’s corporate website.
The franchise owner and restaurant corporate officials couldn’t be reached for comment. Here’s more from Teresa Stepzinski.
Here’s what’s coming to East San Marco project
The long-awaited, much-anticipated Publix-anchored East San Marco project at Hendricks Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard is taking shape.
And we’re getting a first look at some of the other components of the project, including Gemma Fish + Oyster, Foxtail Coffee Co. And Crumbl Cookies.
Gemma Fish + Oyster is the new upscale casual oyster bar and restaurant concept (with rooftop seating!) from Chef Mike and Brittany Cooney, the husband-and-wife team behind the popular Ember & Iron live-fire hearth restaurant that opened a year ago at the Shoppes of St. Johns Parkway in Saint Johns.
Central Florida-based Foxtail Coffee Co. also is planning to open at East San Marco, but not before making its Northeast Florida debut in Ponte Vedra Beach in early summer.
With two stores already open in Jacksonville and another in the works, popular gourmet cookie shop Crumbl Cookies is also expected to open at East San Marco later this year.
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