Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Upscale-Casual in Orange Park at Magnolias

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Upscale-Casual in Orange Park at Magnolias

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Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union food editor

Magnolias has re-opened at 1520 Park Ave., in Orange Park. But it's not the same Magnolias.

"We kept the name and changed everything else about it," said new co-owner Jason Freeman.

Chef Pamela Moore will prepare a new menu daily based on available ingredients. Fresh produce will be key.

Freeman said his place is upscale-casual.

Entrees run between $12 and $20, but there are no linens on the tables, and country club casual will be the usual dress.

"We went for a less formal feel," Freeman said. "We don't want this to be a special occasion place, rather, an everyday place."

It is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner runs from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 4:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There's a brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday ($15 with complimentary mimosas).

Magnolias has a full liquor license and will have a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. with light appetizers. On weekends, the baby grand piano will be in use.

Reservations can be made by calling (904) 264-6400.

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Foodies will want to take note of a couple of events next week in St. Augustine.

The EPIC Celebration of Spring includes An Evening with EPIC Chefs from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Casa Monica Hotel, 95 Cordova St. This night of cooking demonstrations by area chefs will be hosted by Claude Mann of TBS' Dinner & a Movie. It includes as wine tasting and silent auction. Tickets are $60 per person.

Taste of St. Augustine runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 25 at the Special Event Field, (at U.S. 1 and West Castillo Drive, behind the city's welcome center). Thirty of the area's favorite restaurants will serve samplings of their specialties (sold as individual portions). …

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