Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pizza Palace Doubles San Marco Location

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pizza Palace Doubles San Marco Location

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Byline: Gregory Richards, Times-Union business writer

Pizza Palace recently opened its expanded location in San Marco at 1959 San Marco Blvd. By taking over the space previously occupied by a dry cleaning shop, the popular Italian restaurant has doubled in size. "We needed the size, especially at lunchtime," said owner Elias Demetree. The approximately $100,000 renovation also included adding a rear entrance from the parking lot and remodeling the original space.

Demetree also owns the Pizza Palace restaurant at King and Herschel streets in Riverside, which has been open for 12 years, and the Pizza Palace restaurant at 9850 San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin, which opened two years ago. But he said he 8-year-old San Marco location is his busiest.

But the San Marco restaurant won't be growing again anytime soon.

"I hope we eventually need to expand more, but right now we're happy with what we've got" Demetree said. Call (904) 399-8815 for more information.

AU REVOIR L'ORIENT CHEZ GUY

L'Orient Chez Guy, an upscale French-Asian restaurant, will be closing the doors at its San Marco location in mid-April when its lease expires, said general manager Tim Bishop.

"We're sorry to leave San Marco," Bishop said. But business has only been "marginally" successful for the restaurant at 1540 Atlantic Blvd.

Bishop said the restaurant will be relocating to the Beaches, where owner and chef Guy Leroy is already scouting sites. The restaurant is moving because Leroy hasn't been able to find a suitable site in San Marco, Bishop said, and the Beaches offer better demographics. "We're an upscale restaurant. We're looking for pretty good disposable income," he said.

Space is high on the list, too. Bishop said they want the restaurant's new location to seat about 150, up from the 55 it currently holds. That will also allow L'Orient Chez Guy to obtain a liquor license.

There may be a gap between when the 3-year-old restaurant closes in San Marco and when it reopens somewhere at the Beaches. But for regular customers who need their fix of Cantonese roast duck, Bishop said they will be starting a catering service. …

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