Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Openings Dot the Region

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Openings Dot the Region

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Byline: Nancy White

Looking for something new to try? It's been a big week for openings and new fare at area eateries:

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters opened its second location, this one at Third Street South and Osceola Avenue in Jacksonville Beach. The store features its locally roasted coffees, teas, local brews on tap, and cookies and pastries from the soon-to-open Knead Bakeshop in Murray Hill. Bold Bean will have limited hours during the opening: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Sausage Paradise Deli and Bakery is open at 8602 Baymeadows Road in Jacksonville. House-smoked and specialty meats and cheeses are featured, along with eat-inaor carry-out soups, salads, sandwiches and handmade European pastries.

Vino Java Brew House, now open at 636 Kingsley Ave. in Orange Park, serves beer and wine with tapas. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 5 p.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday.

V Pizza is now serving hand-tossed, wood-fired pizzas at 1406 Hendricks Ave. in San Marco, with handcrafted boutique cocktails available in the bar, Sidecar.

A new Famous Amos is open at 11565 N. Main St. at Eastport Road, on Jacksonville's Northside.

Black and Blue Grill opened at 705 Hortons Trace in St. Augustine last week, serving steaks, chops, seafood and sandwiches.

Cantina Louie will be bringing its brand of Mexican street food to St. Augustine diners beginning in early June, at 1900 U.S. 1 S.


Blue Bamboo and chef Dennis Chan will host a "Damn Good Dim Sum" dinner at 7 p.m. on June 26. The event is a fundraiser for a new local nonprofit organization Gastrojax Inc., which plans to produce Jacksonville Gastrofest, a major food festival focused on the area's cuisine.

Tickets are $40 each, or $35 each if you buy two or more. Both omnivore and vegan versions are available. For more information, access


The third annual Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship drew about 9,000 people downtown and raised nearly $7,000 to support additional matches for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida.

Here are the best of the championships:

Best global cuisine: Malaysian chicken satay from Blue Pacific Grill & Taco.

Best sandwich: Mozzarella & tomato panini from Chunky Tomato.

Sweet tooth: Butter beer from The Loving Cup.

Best barbecue: Ribs and wings from Monroe's Smokehouse Bar-B-Q.

Best taco: Billy's favorite taco from Taste Buds Express.

Most innovative: Banana curry from Fusion.

Judges' overall: What's the Catch?

People's choice: The Happy Grilled Cheese.

Partners for the event were Jax Truckies, The Jacksonville Landing and Big Brothers Big Sisters. …

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