Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Byline: GARY T. MILLS

As we start a new year, let's take a look back at some of the notable restaurant openings/closings, dining trends and other news of 2010.

OPENINGS

- The St. Johns Town Center continues to be Northeast Florida's dining hot spot. The area's first California Pizza Kitchen opened in July. And the neighboring Markets at Town Center welcomed Whisky River (April), BlackFinn American Grille (September), Suite (December) and Libretto's Pizzeria (December) - all new to the Jacksonville market.

- Popular South Florida-based Pollo Tropical opened its first Northeast Florida restaurant in November at the Markets at Town Center.

- Thai restaurant Indochine opened downtown in September above Burrito Gallery.

- Two of Jacksonville's favorite chefs - Guy Leroy and Pom Souvannasoth - teamed up to open The Brasserie in Jacksonville Beach in August.

- Self-serve frozen yogurt shops sprang up all over town, including multiple locations of Jacksonville-based Yogaberry/Yobe.

- Tapestry Park, one of Jacksonville's best mixed-use developments, welcomed Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches (March), Corner Bistro and Wine Bar (November) and The Flame Broiler (December) to its mix of restaurants.

- In addition to Yobe, other chains that opened multiple locations in 2010 include Five Guys Burgers and Fries (Mandarin, Bartram Park, Fleming Island); Hurricane Grill & Wings (Julington Creek, Baymeadows, San Marco); and Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwiches (Tapestry Park, San Marco, Atlantic Beach).

CLOSINGS

- The Rite Spot, a Jacksonville Beach favorite, was sold and closed in early summer.

- After 38 years, Jacksonville Beach fine-dining Italian restaurant Giovanni's closed. Chef Toni Acireale opened Mixx in the same spot in November.

- Another Beaches institution, The Homestead Restaurant, closed its doors last week, its owner citing a down economy and continued road construction outside the restaurant.

- Jacksonville-based Woody's Bar-B-Q closed restaurants on Old St. Augustine Road and Roosevelt Boulevard in August.

- Twisted Martini closed at The Jacksonville Landing. …

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