6 Restaurants Opening Downtown

November 17, 2015
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4. Folkfood

Ryan Reid, the owner of Folkfood, began his food truck operations a little more than a year or so ago.  A favored food truck in Jacksonville, recently Folkfood folded its food truck operations to open a permanent brick-and-mortar establishment near Hemming Park in Downtown. Reid, who has a background as a chef, is just one of the many owners of Jacksonville food trucks whose popularity has brought them out of a truck, and in to a building. While Reid doesn’t intend to run both the restaurant, and the food truck, himself, he does hope to sell the truck operation to keep it going.

Folkfood is located where the old Skyway Café just vacated. While the Folkfood food truck, like most trucks, was only ever open for a few hours, this location is open for both lunch and dinner, from 11 AM until 7 PM, Monday through Saturday. The menu items have been carried over, and Reid is working to attain a liquor license so that Folkfood can serve all sorts of libations.

For information and updates, visit: https://www.facebook.com/folkfoodjax/

5. Hobnob Restaurant

Hobnob Restaurant is the conjoint effort of the partners behind another famous Downtown favorite—Candy Apple Café & Cocktails. Husband and wife, Allan and Ellen Cottrill, as well as Liz Earnest, and her daughter, Jennifer Earnest, imagine Hobnob as someplace to do exactly that. The restaurant will be themed around good food, social interaction, and interaction with the chefs themselves. Hobnob anticipates monthly events, such as a five-course, small plate dinner experience, as well as restaurant-wide champagne toasts every Friday afternoon.

Hobnob is one of three restaurants joining the space at 220 Riverside, with the hopes of creating a “trio” effect for a great dinner experience. The 4,560 square-foot restaurant is scheduled to open later this fall. It will employ nearly 70 people, with seating available for up to 200.

For information and updates, visit: https://www.facebook.com/HobnobJax/

6. Sbraga & Company

Sbraga & Company is another one of the restaurants joining the “trio” at 220 Riverside. This restaurant will be under the careful care of “Top Chef” winner Kevin Sbraga, who owns several restaurants around the Philadelphia area. This will be Sbraga’s first Florida eatery, but not his first time in Florida. Sbraga is a University of Miami graduate, and his grandmother was actually born right here, in the River City.

Sbraga has one major goal with the creation of his menu—to bring the focus back on crops. Sbraga & Company is a southern-inspired, but Sbraga doesn’t want people to simplify the idea to “soul food.” Instead, he has dedicated nearly 50% of the menu to crops and grains. There will be fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs used in all dishes and drinks, a wood fire grill to cook up meat off the hearth, house-made breads, and a raw bar. Versatility in the menu will also allow Sbraga to illustrate modern American culinary techniques.

This is Sbraga & Company’s first week of business.

For information and updates, visit: https://www.sbragadining.com/

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