Jacksonville restaurant openings closings in November

The $1 billion sale of Firehouse Subs — founded in Jacksonville by two firefighter brothers who then built the popular sandwich shop into a 1,200-plus global chain — topped November restaurant news.

The opening of the much-anticipated luxury furnishing retailer RH Jacksonville, The Gallery at St. Johns Town Center with its upscale rooftop restaurant, wine bar and lush garden dazzled.

Sugar Factory American Brasserie announced it hopes to open its upscale confectionery and restaurant with its elaborate candies and desserts at Markets at Town Center near St. Johns Town Center in early 2022.

Firehouse Subs, 1949 San Marco Blvd.

Firehouse Subs, 1949 San Marco Blvd.


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Restaurant Review: Cha Kee in Manhattan’s Chinatown

All good New Yorkers know that Lower Manhattan would lose a piece of its identity if Chinese businesses disappeared from Chinatown. In Little Italy, when the Italian Americans moved away, real estate brokers scrubbed one part of the area of its ethnic identity by renaming it NoLIta. If this tactic is successful a few blocks south, we could see apartment listings on Doyers and Pell Streets advertising their prime location in the heart of SoChiTo.

Walk around the neighborhood on any given day, and this scenario won’t seem as far-fetched as it should be. Chinatown started to empty out almost

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Timon Balloo to Open the Katherine Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale

Fans of Timon Balloo’s culinary chops will be able to chow down on the chef’s versions of classic fare next month when the Katherine opens in the former Foxy Brown space, at 723 E. Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. (The Foxy Brown has moved to 476 N. Federal Hwy.)

In keeping with the family-friendly theme of the eatery, Balloo and his wife, Marissa, both posted the announcement on social media. On Facebook, Marissa called the Katherine “an ode to the simplicity, flavors and countries that we’ve fell in love with over our years together!”

The duo has refreshed the space

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NYC chef shares her restaurant plans for Kinderhook

It’s not easy to take the city girl out of the city — but NYC chef Hannah Wong is doing quite well in her new Hudson Valley home of Kinderhook in Columbia County.

Wong relocated in July to be the executive chef of a trio of food concepts in the Kinderhook Knitting Mill, a 19th century knitting factory turned culinary oasis. Under Wong’s direction is a daytime coffee, tea, and lunch spot, Morningbird, which began serving lunch last week; a cocktail lounge called The Nest slated to open in spring 2022; along with a new Indo-Dutch restaurant, the … Read More