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.

Metro Diner

Jaxsons have known about Metro Diner's Chicken and Waffles for years but now others are starting to notice. Recently, Metro Diner's Davoli family formed a partnership with the ConSul Hospitality Group, who's known for building Carrabba's Italian Grill and Outback Steakhouse from the ground up. With three restaurants already open, new locations at Southside and Baymeadows and in St. Augustine are expected to come online this year.

The Formula:

Number of Locations: 4 (San Marco, Ortega, Mandarin, Jacksonville Beach)

Lunch for One: $10-$15

Menu Highlights: Fried Chicken & Waffles, Pound Cake French Toast, Charleston Shrimp & Grits.

Tasting Notes: Metro Diner is one of a few NE Florida restaurants that have been featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive ins and Dives".

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