Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Get a Taste of the '50S, '60S at Diner

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Get a Taste of the '50S, '60S at Diner

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Byline: Gregory Richards, Times-Union business writer

The Golden Oldies Diner opened for business last Monday at 474 Riverside Ave., the former site of Derby Deli.

Owner Michele Haddad, a first-time restaurateur, has decorated the space with cozy booths -- complete with models of classic cars, such as a 1958 Corvette -- pictures of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, and even a life-size cardboard cutout of the King. She even plans to have an Elvis impersonator appear at the diner's grand opening, tentatively set for the beginning of November.

The diner will offer breakfast and lunch on weekdays. Once Haddad secures a beer and wine license, it will have Friday night happy hours as well.

The specials include panini sandwiches on toasted ciabatta bread for $5.99, and the "Elvis Breakfast": two eggs, bacon and sausage, and either country ham or corned beef hash for $3.99. The phone number for take out is (904) 353-4853.

A little farther down Riverside Avenue, the Sushi Cafe has arrived at the Publix shopping center. The cafe will be open seven days a week until late and features 24 kinds of sushi and 36 types of sushi rolls. For information, call (904) 384-2888.

And Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q opened its eighth Jacksonville location Friday at Atlantic Boulevard and Girvin Road, in front of The Home Depot. In addition to longtime favorites, such as slow-smoked beef, chicken and ribs, the restaurant will have new menu items, such as pulled pork and sweet potatoes. The restaurant can be reached at (904) 220-9499.

Retail market

Jacksonville's retail market stabilized this year, according to real estate brokerage Trammell Crow Co.'s midyear report. Despite the tough times that the national retail sector is facing, the report found that Jacksonville's retail vacancy rate has risen only 0.25 percent. …

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