Maple Street Opening in Riverside? Not So Fast!

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Despite eliciting interest, two aging buildings in a prime Riverside location remain blighted. Are zoning laws in to blame?

Article by Mike Field originally published on on August 12, 2016.

Buried deep in an inconspicuous development update available HERE, Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) had revealed that the organization has been in discussions with a party interested in redeveloping the properties located at 2502 and 2510 Oak Street. This site includes two buildings and a small, on-site parking lot at the corner of Oak and Stockton Streets.

The potential applicant employed the services of a local land-use attorney fresh off a series of recently-successful rezoning applications within a neighborhood where real estate development deals are becoming increasingly contentious.

Rumors and well-placed speculation pointed to an interest in possibly using this site for a future location for B Street Eats, a new Latin American-styled, fast casual concept from the founders of the popular Maple Street Biscuit Company. Turns out, the owners of Maple Street’s portfolio of companies have taken a pass on this location. “We looked at several sites, including this one, but don’t have a lease anywhere,” remarked Maple Street co-founder Scott Moore. “We are close on a site, but this is not it.” Murray Hill and Jacksonville Beach are now the most likely landing spots for the first B Street Eats expansion,

A scene from B Street Eats flagship location in St Augustine. Image Credit: B Street Eats

As the Maple Street Biscuit Co brand has expanded all over Florida with an additional location in Tennessee, the B Street Eats concept was formed to penetrate markets that have been introduced to and are familiar with the Maple Street brand- while offering a new cuisine to capture a larger share of consumer's fast casual dining spending. A flagship location was recently opened in St Augustine, behind the Maple Street Biscuit Co location on Cordova Street. This first store was meant to serve as a living laboratory in order to further refine this proof of concept before expanding.

B Street Eatery's St Augustine location is centered on a cozy, al fresco seating area and a counter service ordering format. The layout is reminiscent of a walk-up bodega one may find around the corner in a bustling barrio. The menu offers a refined, modern take on traditional street food found throughout the islands of Latin America.

Diners chose from a selection of sandwiches, rice boxes and salads with the choice of proteins from chicken, pork or jackfruit. Traditional staples like black beans, tostones and aqua fresca are also available.

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Article originally published on by Mike Field