Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kickbacks Extension Has Steampunk Look; and Goozlepipe & Guttyworks Brings Larger Kitchen, Menu

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Kickbacks Extension Has Steampunk Look; and Goozlepipe & Guttyworks Brings Larger Kitchen, Menu

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Byline: Roger Bull

The first thing that Steve Flores said he wants people to know about Goozlepipe & Guttyworks, the extension of his Kickbacks Gastropub, is that it's not all about the beer.

Instead, he talked about its steampunk look, full of art and bits of old machinery, the basement patterned after a Belgian dining room. He talked about the expanded menu with 100 new items. And he talked about the new bigger kitchen that it will share with Kickbacks.

"It's been embarrassing, night after night, how long people have had to wait for food," he said.

After a year of often heated discussions about parking spaces and two years of construction, Goozlepipe & Guttyworks is scheduled to open later this month.

It's been eight years since Kickbacks opened, the first step in making King Street Jacksonville's beer district but also beginning the revitalization of the street itself.

Despite the name, G&G is not really a separate place from Kickbacks. All the food, all the drink will be available throughout both rooms.

Though 60 percent of Kickbacks revenue comes from food, it first became well known for its beer. No one in Jacksonville offered anything close to the 84 draft beers that Flores did.

The idea for G&G is different, he said.

"It would have been easy to do the beer thing again," he said. "We've done it for eight years and it's been copied over and over. I wanted something that couldn't be copied."

So the look is nothing like Kickbacks. It's steampunk, harkening back to cusp of technology from the late 19th century.

Local artist Jim Smith created almost 1,000 glass blocks - former mousetraps, actually - full of old pieces and parts. They've been placed into the walls. Grant Thornton is painting murals. David Ponsler welded and shaped the spiral staircase and railings.

Flores estimates the final price tag at somewhere between $1. …

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