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By Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

Restaurateur Jonathan Insetta’s newest venture Downtown will be called Bellwether and should open by early April.
Work is taking place behind the walls on the street level at 100 North Laura, the 10-story building at Laura and Forsyth streets.

Insetta’s group — which also owns Orsay, Black Sheep Restaurant and BLK SHP at Intuition — says on the bellwetherjax.com website, “This casual yet sophisticated restaurant will offer an eclectic mix of timeless fare for lunch and dinner.”

It will feature outdoor dining, a full bar and private dining options.

Full article: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=549409
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Bellwether - new Orsay, Black Sheep venture on N. Laura St
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 10:30:58 AM »
http://jacksonville.com/food-and-dining/2017-04-18/owners-orsay-black-sheep-add-downtown-restaurant-their-roster?utm_medium=social&utm_source=The_Florida_Times-Union

Very excited for this place to open up. I want to be excited for downtown development for the betterment of the city, but - let's be real - I'm super stoked for new snacks in a deliverable area  ;D  ;D  ;D
« Last Edit: April 20, 2017, 10:34:23 AM by SuzySpringfield »
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Re: Bellwether - new Orsay, Black Sheep venture on N. Laura St
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 10:42:17 AM »
I'm excited to have shrimp and grits literally next door to my downtown office!
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Re: Bellwether - new Orsay, Black Sheep venture on N. Laura St
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 01:35:45 PM »
So happy for Jon And Alan and their success.  Those guys are legit and have done awesome things, but they stay very humble and have about zero ego between the two of them. 

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Re: Bellwether - new Orsay, Black Sheep venture on N. Laura St
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2017, 01:40:16 PM »
So happy for Jon And Alan and their success.  Those guys are legit and have done awesome things, but they stay very humble and have about zero ego between the two of them. 
That's a pretty strong endorsement coming from you. You are quite hard to please

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Finally got over there this past Friday - really liked it. The place definitely has a Black Sheep feel, and really anything on the menu (despite being a different menu with similar themes) could be on Black Sheep's menu and vice versa. Steady crowd - definitely not packed like Black Sheep on a Friday night, but by no means empty. Food was excellent as per usual.

One complaint here (and the folks at Bellwether DEFINITELY are aware) is the Gym upstairs. Black Sheep had Verb upstairs, but that was kind of like a crossfit/personal trainer place. This is a place where people throw 300lbs on the bar and drop the shit from shoulder high to the point it shakes the building. It might not be as evident at Lunchtime when the place is busier, but at dinner it was VERY apparent.

I'll spare the details of my conversation with the folks at Bellwether, but I'm confident this will be solved one way or another.

Putting that aside, a great addition to Downtown.

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...the idiots dropping weights happens all through lunch too unfortunately. I don't understand why it hasn't been fixed yet.

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Finally got over there this past Friday - really liked it. The place definitely has a Black Sheep feel, and really anything on the menu (despite being a different menu with similar themes) could be on Black Sheep's menu and vice versa. Steady crowd - definitely not packed like Black Sheep on a Friday night, but by no means empty. Food was excellent as per usual.

One complaint here (and the folks at Bellwether DEFINITELY are aware) is the Gym upstairs. Black Sheep had Verb upstairs, but that was kind of like a crossfit/personal trainer place. This is a place where people throw 300lbs on the bar and drop the shit from shoulder high to the point it shakes the building. It might not be as evident at Lunchtime when the place is busier, but at dinner it was VERY apparent.

I'll spare the details of my conversation with the folks at Bellwether, but I'm confident this will be solved one way or another.

Putting that aside, a great addition to Downtown.

Last time we were at Orsay, Hanz and Franz were hitting the weights hard and loud outside . My wife could barely contain her laughter when we walked by. It definitely added a special touch to the evening.

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Love me some Bellwether.

Great food, decor, great vibe, reasonable prices.

Place has been packed at lunch.

That Tuesday Hot Italian Beef special, and the Wednesday spicy chicken are all <3
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^Yep. I love it too. I look at the Bellwether as a sort of turning point for downtown.

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Re: Insetta bringing Bellwether restaurant Downtown; should open by early April
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2017, 01:03:13 PM »
^Yep. I love it too. I look at the Bellwether as a sort of turning point for downtown.

perhaps some type of bellwether, if you will  ;D

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Re: Insetta bringing Bellwether restaurant Downtown; should open by early April
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2017, 01:06:53 PM »
I did see Anytime fitness has changed the floor plan so you shouldn't hear the weights dropping, i think.

I actually like bellweather because they serve Bold Bean drip coffee its a little bit pricey for a cup, but when I need to change up my Chamblins afternoon coffee routine we go there.