by Erin Thursby
4 Rivers Smokehouse is a chain begun in Orlando by Jacksonville-native John Rivers in 2009. He graduated high school at Bishop Kenny and returned to Jacksonville last month for the grand opening of the new location at Baymeadows Road, in the old location of the Roadhouse Grill. While you might come for the barbecue, you may stay for The Sweet Shop, which takes up a full wall of the 7,000 square-foot restaurant. The Sweet Shop features cupcakes, baked goods and confectioneries. Hours are 11 am-8 pm during the week, with hours extended till 9 pm on Friday and Saturday. Closed Sundays.
Intuition Ale Works on King Street will no longer be hosting any events in their open-air space because of noise violation complaints. In a statement Intuition released, they noted, “the most heartbreaking outcome will be that we will no longer be able to host charitable events at Intuition. Over the past two and a half years, we have donated over $60,000 in beer and merchandise to nearly 100 local charities. Through our $1-per-pint program, we have donated $20,000 in cash from beer sold during events. On top of all that, we always allow the host charity to use our space free of charge, a substantial in-kind donation.” They, will, however still hold events inside for groups of 30 or less.
For something new to do this summer, try Foxy Lady’s Sunset Dinner and Sightseeing Cruise. There are lots of different packages (cocktail, brunch, margarita cruises and more). Check out their website at www.foxyladycruises.com or call Captain John Michkowski at 398-9553 for more info.
An opening for a regional cuisine and craft beer restaurant, called Copper, is planned for October near the intersection of Beaches and Hodges, where Bubba Burger and the Times Grill were located.
Pollo Tropical is running a promo in conjunction with the Jacksonville Zoo. Join or renew a family-category membership at the zoo and receive a coupon for a free Pollo Tropical Create Your Own Family Meal. This includes a whole, marinated, grilled chicken, four dinner rolls and any two sides. Offer valid through August 31, 2013.
If you’ve seen the new CW reality show about the local candy entrepreneurs at Sweet Pete’s, you might want to get in on some of the candy-making action. Learn to make gum, lollipops, cherry cordials and chocolate confections during one of their classes. Call 376-7161, or go to www.sweetpete.net for details.
July 14 Mini Food Truck Rally The Jacksonville Food Truck Association will be holding this little food truck gathering at the Jacksonville Farmers Market on Beaver Street. Try out some great food from your local food trucks, and then shop for some fresh fruits and veggies.
July 27 Food Truck Wars More than 40 gourmet food trucks will be competing in five categories from 3-9 pm at St. Augustine’s Francis Field. Celebrity judges, live music, kids’ area and a beer & wine garden will be featured. Free admission. 29 Castillo Dr, (407) 296-5882, www.foodtruckwars.com
Aug 12- 25 Eat Up Downtown! This one is in August, but we thought we’d give you plenty of notice, so you can clear your dining calendar. Basically, Downtown restaurants offer a multi-course, fixed-price menu during this time, ranging from $15-45. www.eatupdowntown.com