Beaches Construction Update: January 2012

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Here's a look at new businesses, closings, and renovations this month in the Jacksonville - Neptune - Atlantic Beaches area.

Metro Diner/Strip

Contact: Eric Cravey on behalf of Metro Diner
(904) 349-2761
Jan. 24, 2012

Metro Diner Expands, to Open Third Location in Jacksonville Beach

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.—Jacksonville’s premier dining experience is
expanding for the second time in eight months.

Metro Diner is targeting a Feb. 13 opening for its first-ever location
in Jacksonville’s beaches community. The new Metro Diner location
takes over 4,000-square feet of space formerly occupied by Rite Spot
restaurant and The Spot Bar at 1534 Third Street North in Jacksonville
Beach. In April 2011, Metro Diner expanded by opening its second
location at 12807 San Jose Boulevard near Julington Creek.

Co-owner and General Manager Daniel DeLeon is looking forward to
bringing Metro Diner’s original menu and daily blackboard specials to
the beaches.

The build-out of the space is also making an impact on the local
economy. Using the classic Metro Diner colors and stylish décor, the
new location is equipped with all American-made products and is being
built with local contractors with products from local vendors.

Urban Flats Co. - Jax Beach

The new restaurant location is still in the same exterior phase, although interior improvements are underway.

STRATA Clothing Warehouse

A sign up for the local clothing company's warehouse, complete with a new skate ramp. More info:

1st Street Renovations

American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps - Jax Beach

The building at #2 Oceanfront was completed in 1947, and needs constant attention due to heavy use and oceanfront conditions. Currently, our #1 project is to build an addition to the north side of the building for meetings and training.

EVA'S Grill & Bar

A new tenant is in this space on 3rd St. S. Many defunct restaurants have circled in and out of the lot. It was once the popular Wakey Wakey Eggs & Bakey until a 2008 fire, and an Italian restaurant prior to this.

More info:


Ocean Yoga

Adding to the numerous yoga and pilates studios at the beaches is Ocean Yoga in this renovated space on Pine St. in Atlantic Beach.

Metropolis At The Beach

The joint, opened just a few months ago, is already defunct and vacant.

Salt Life Food Shack

Exterior renovations.

8103 Clothing

A new local men's boutique opened this month behind Salt Life. More info:

Massage Studio

A new massage therapy business is slated for this space in the plaza across from Mellow Mushroom.

Sugar Rush Confections

A new sweets shop in the strip plaza near the end of A1A in Neptune Beach.

Nick The Greek

The popular walk-up eatery is expanding and moving into the space directly behind them in the Mayport Square plaza.

It will replace the long-vacant Asian Buffet space.

The other side of the plaza.

Home Plate Diner

Yet another proposed tenant for this long-decaying strip in Mayport Square plaza. The diner is on the other end of Nick's.

Art of Cigars

Soon to fill in this long-vacant corner spot in the strip at Atlantic and Seminole.

Update by Sarah Gojekian.