A brief look at the status of various projects under construction in and around Downtown Jacksonville during the month of June 2013.
RIVERSIDE/AVONDALE and ST. JOHNS PARK
Bold City Brewery Expansion
Riverside's popular Bold City Brewery is in the process of doubling the size of the their operation. When complete, the five year old brewery will contain 30,000 square feet.
Fortunately, we’re able to stay in the area we love by expanding into an additional 14,000 square feet directly behind our existing building. All of the brewing, cellaring and packaging operations will be moving into the new building which will give us a total of 30,000 square feet, which is a lot of room for additional tanks and packaging equipment to be setup. I’ll pass along more information and updates in the coming weeks.
King Street Studios
The opening show of King Street Studios' new space at 600 King Street is scheduled for July 13th from 6pm to 9pm. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/165841356931575/
The restoration of Olmstead Gardens and a major parking/landscaping enhancement project continues. The project includes expanding the museum's cafe to include outdoor seating along Riverside Avenue.
Corrado's Bakery Bistro
Corrado's Bakery Bistro will be opening this month at 813 Lomax Street in Five Points.
Rain Dogs will be opening soon in Five Points. According to their facebook page, Rain Dogs will be a space where music, art and ideas grow. Celebrating all local entrepreneurs and visionaries, Rain Dogs will offer bold bean coffee, Intuition and Bold City brews and eats from Peles and Blue Buddha. Rotating art shows and community events.
For more information, http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rain-dogs and https://www.facebook.com/raindogsjax
1010 Park Street
The former Clothing Warehouse in Five Points is being converted into an electronic cigarette store.
Hawkers Asian Street Fare
Orlando-based Hawkers Asian Street Fare is also planning to open their second location in Five Points by the fall. Hawkers will be taking over storefronts once occupied by Downtown Divas and a jewelry store.
Asian Street Fare
Malaysian, Chinese, Korean, Singapore, Vientamese, Thai
Prominent on the streets of Asia, Hawkers are street vendors who depend on locally grown ingredients to create dishes sold from mobile carts and stands. The most successful recipes, typically passed from one generation to the next, bring flocks of eager patrons.
Here at Hawkers, we've selected only the best of these recipes from across Asia and are bringing them to you in a unique, sharing-encouraged, gastropub environment.
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/hawkersstreetfare
Goozlepipe & Guttyworks
Construction continues on King Street's Goozlepipe and Guttyworks. The estimated value of the project is $1.5 million. Located at 914 King Street, Goozlepipe and Guttyworks will be a Steampunk-themed restaurant and bar.
1012 King Street
1012 King Street was recently acquired by the owner of the nearby Garage, Loft, and Rogue bars. Tenantive plans call for the conversion of this building into a restaurant specializing in hamburgers.
Brian Freda, a apprentice of Guy LeRoy, the old partner of Wolfgang Puck who operated L'Orient and Cafe on the Square here in Jacksonville, is in the process of opening Cafe Freda. The restaurant, which will specialize in "international comfort food" will be located in Park Street's old Alphadog space.
Caremax Health Mart Pharmacy
Caremax Health Mart Pharmacy is now open in Riverside's Park & King district.
Lydia Street Residential Infill Development
Attracted by the revitalization of the Park & King District, Springfield Builders plans to construct seven single family homes on a two acre lot on Lydia Street.
The construction of a new Mellow Mushroom restaurant, at 3601 St. Johns Avenue in Avondale, appears to be imminent. A demolition permit, for an existing gas station on the site, for Burkhalter Wrecking is under review by the city.
Pulp Juice Bar
Pulp Juice Bar's long awaited second location on Avondale's St. Johns Avenue is finally moving forward. Building permits were issued in late January.
Metro Diner - Roosevelt Square
Metro Diner will be opening a new location in the former Harry's Restaurant space at Roosevelt Square. The Roosevelt Square location is anticipated to open July 29. For information, visit metrodiner.com.
Eagle Eye Care
Eagle Eye Care is constructing a new 5,423 square foot facility at 714 Stockton Street.