Five Local Restaurants on the Verge of Major Expansions

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Here's a brief look at five popular local restaurants with aggressive expansion plans over the next few months.

4 Rivers Smokehouse

Established in 2009, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is a Central Florida-based restaurant but it makes our list because Pitmaster-owner John Rivers was raised in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville restaurant was Rivers' fourth when it opened in late 2012. Over the course of the next year, there could be additional locations open in Orange Park, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee.

The Formula: This relaxed restaurant is a very high end "fast food" self-service dinner.

Number of Locations: 6 (Jacksonville-Baymeadows, Winter Park, Winter Garden, Longwood, Gainesville, East Orlando)

Lunch for One: $10-$20

Menu Highlights: Unique smoked sandwiches of beautiful angus brisket, pulled pork, Texas sausage and St. Louis style Ribs.

Tasting Notes: 4 Rivers is the largest purchaser of brisket in the Southeastern United States. Tables are communal style to continue to enforce family style eating and meeting other people.

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