Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Diners can now surf the Web to get surf and turf.

Morton's, The Steakhouse is introducing a new service that allows patrons to book table reservations 24 hours a day on the Internet. The electronic system is called the OpenTable service, Morton's said in a news release.

Morton's, which operates a restaurant in the Southbank neighborhood, said it is the first restaurant in Jacksonville to provide such a service.

"Our relationship with the OpenTable electronic reservation and guest management system means that now, no matter where our customers are or what the hour, as long as they have access to the Internet they can make a reservation right here in Jacksonville and have it confirmed instantly," General Manager Luis Garcia said.

Customers can make reservations by logging on and clicking on the "locations" bar, then Jacksonville, and finally "Make online reservation."

Fill in details such as the number of guests, date and time and click on "See available tables." That's when the customer verifies the table is available and submits the reservation. Patrons can return to the site to change the reservation or cancel it altogether, the release said.

Christopher Calnan/The Times-Union


Jacksonville-based The Hutson Cos. said it sold 22 acres of OakLeaf Plantation to a partner of national builder Morrison Homes and 15 acres to Beazer Homes for the development of 382 new townhouses.

Beazer Homes USA will build Cambridge at OakLeaf Plantation, a community of 172 units in the Plantation Oaks phase of OakLeaf, just west of Branan Field-Chaffee Road, an Oakleaf news release said.

Morrison Homes plans to build 210 townhouses in the Plantation Oaks phase of OakLeaf, with the name of the development not announced yet.

Located on 6,400 acres in southern Duval and northern Clay Counties, OakLeaf Plantation is one of Northeast Florida's largest master-planned communities, the release said. …

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