Crooked Can Brewing, Pot Belly Sandwiches, Savory Rhino and More New Restaurants

Restaurants and food trucks are opening throughout the state.

Crooked Can Brewing, Pot Belly Sandwiches, Savory Rhino and More New Restaurants

Welcome back to our restaurant round up. We had a busy week interviewing, researching and writing the news. Below you'll find reports about 24 concepts opening from South to North Florida.

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ST. LUCIE COUNTY

Nana Morrison's Soul Food

An award winning soul food brand from North Carolina is bringing a location to South Florida. Nana Morrison's Soul Food has been named the best soul food in North Carolina since they opened 12 years ago, owner Shawn Morrison told FFBW.

A family run business, the Morrisons have a home in Port St. Lucie and decided to bring their restaurant south. They are eyeing a December 11th opening date, Morrison reported.

This will be their third location. The first unit opened 12 years ago in Charlotte, NC. The second opened in the same city last May. Following this location, they will open another in PSL in 2025.

Morrison reported that his children are the general managers of each restaurant. His eldest son, Shawn Morrison Jr. (25) runs their original unit; Gabriella Morrison (17) leads the other restaurant in Charlotte; and Hank Morrison (19) will run the Port St. Lucie restaurant. This opportunity is meant to instill a sense of work ethic and generational wealth, according to coverage from WCNC Charlotte.

Keep an eye out for Nana Morrison's Soul Food at: 10234 SW Meeting St, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987.

LAKE COUNTY

Crooked Can Brewing

Another location for Crooked Can Brewing is in the works for Minneola, owner Andrew Sheeter told FFBW. The brewery's first location is in Winter Garden, in the Plant Street Market. The food hall and brewery has been open since 2015.

The new location will be in Minneola and will triple the size of the Plant Street Market. At 40,000 square feet, Sheeter plans to offer a wide range of local chefs and concepts, along with Crooked Can's array of beers. The brewing capacity will also be much larger Sheeter reported.

The plans are early in development. Sheeter said that they are interviewing builders right now. They hope to break ground summer 2024, and officially open summer 2025.

Find them in the forthcoming Hills of Minneola development.


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ORANGE COUNTY

Potbelly Sandwich Works

Chucc Anspach of Sugarland Investment Group shared that Potbelly Sandwich Works is opening in Orlando soon. The Potbelly brand began in the Chicago-area in 1977. Since its inception, they have expanded to hundreds of locations.

Anspach reported to FFBW that Sugarland Investment Group has plans to open 12 franchised locations between Orange and Osceola Counties. The first will appear at: 2714 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803. Anspach anticipates opening on January 17, 2023.

Where the additional units will open is unknown as they are still scouting for locations. Anspach reported that they want to have another sandwich shop open by March of next year.

Check the website for their delicious menu offerings.


Mid Drive Drive

A new mid-century inspired bar and restaurant is coming to Orlando soon, co-owner Matt Hinckley told FFBW. The concept is owned by Hinckley and Jacob Zepf, and they are planning to open in Q1 of 2024.

Hinckley shared that the menu will feature classic American dishes, from burgers, pot roasts, meat loafs, chili and other such dishes. However, his goal is to bring excellence and a fresh take to each familiar dish that reshapes how we think about these known meals.

Hinckley is the owner of Hinckley's Fancy Meats. Zepf owns The Neighbors and Freehand Goods. Currently, they are preparing their space at: 2401 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804.

BREVARD COUNTY

Uncle Bizzle Famous Fried Chicken

A new food truck is opening in Titusville, owner Bryant Moss told FFBW. Uncle Bizzle Famous Fried Chicken will serve a range of burgers, hot dogs, subs and Moss' famous fried chicken.

The food truck will likely open in mid-January, Moss said.

SEMINOLE COUNTY

Madres Mexican Fresh

The growing brand Madres Mexican Fresh is opening a new location in Altamonte Springs soon, owner Francisco Gavilan told FFBW. The brand has locations in south Florida, and they recently opened one in Jacksonville. This upcoming unit will open in a matter of weeks, Gavilan told FFBW.

Madres Mexican Fresh serves well-made, fresh tacos at affordable prices. Gavilan aims to provide an intimate and service-minded dining experience. A native of Florida, he intends to continue growing their presence in the state. He and his team are scouting for another location in the Winter Garden area, and another in Jacksonville.

Find this unit open around Thanksgiving at: 451 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701.

LAKE COUNTY

Papa Chef's Backyard Grill

A new hot dog cart is opening in Eustis via owners Susan, Joshua and Danny Vaughn. Papa's Chef's Backyard Grill is the group's first step into establishing a culinary brand that they plan to grow into several food trucks.

The menu will consist of a wide range of hot dogs and brats. Danny Vaughn told FFBW that they are going to open on December 1.

POLK COUNTY

Bandidas Bake Shop

Couple and business partners Gabriella Vigoreaux and Giovanna Favilli-Vigoreaux are taking their pop-up and wholesale business into a brick and mortar location soon. Bandidas Bake Shop is planned to open in late January, Vigoreaux reported to FFBW.

The business has been growing for the past two years, offerings cakes and baked goods. Recently, they've been hosting brunches in the Catapult business incubator. Vigoreaux said that this is where they began to offer a wider range of food, like sandwiches on fresh focaccia and others.

The new store will be a bakery and cafe, Vigoreaux said. They will have breakfast and lunch options, from sandwiches, soups and salads, along with their staple baked goods. Additionally, they will have grab and go goods that are ready to be enjoyed immediately after purchase.

Find them in late January at: 1755 E Edgewood Dr, Lakeland, FL 33803.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Late Start Brewing

A Tampa-area brewing company is moving into a physical location soon, co-owner Jordan Copher shared with FFBW. Late Start Brewing is a joint venture between Copher, Tyler Sankey and Nicholas Streeter that was formed in 2018.

The company began as a facet of Pour House, where they grew and defined themselves as a brand for a couple of years. Eventually, however, Copher reported that they moved out of the Pour House space and have been working on their own brick and mortar location for two years.

Planned to open at: 1018 E Cass St, Tampa, FL 33602, Copher said that they will have a full kitchen, which will be run by chef Nate Harden. They will be serving food from 7 am to 10 or 11 pm each day. The cuisine will range from breakfast tacos to elevated pub fare in the afternoons and evenings.

The goal of Late Start Brewing is to create an welcoming, upscale atmosphere where everyone of all walks of life feels comfortable coming in for a drink, alone or in a group.

Copher said that they will open in the first few months of the year. The brand's hard deadline for opening is Tampa Bay Beer Week, on which begins March 2nd.

Keep up to date with the brand on Facebook.


HCK Hot Chicken

A growing father, son and chef founded hot chicken brand is expanding in Tampa, co-franchisee Hunter Boon reported to FFBW.

Last year, the first Tampa area location opened in Sarasota. Now, the brand will continue to develop in the St. Pete and Tampa area. Hunter Boon said that he and his brother Rolston have secured Hillsborough and Pinellas counties for future development of HCK Chicken. They have the option to open as many as 15 locations

The first unit in their grand plan will come to: 3343 S West Shore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629. Boon reported that they are aiming to open on December 9.

Follow the brand on social media to keep up with future developments. Read more.


MF BBQ

A new BBQ trailer is in the works for the Tampa area, co-owner Michele Meck told FFBW. MF BBQ stand for Meck Family BBQ, as this venture will be headed by the entire family.

Bryan Meck, the patriarch of the family, has been making BBQ in his spare time for years. Michele shared that he has been told by friends for years to open a restaurant, and the Meck family sees their truck as a step in that direction.

They will serve pulled pork, brisket, back ribs, coleslaw, baked beans, collard greens and more. Additionally, they will offer keto friendly options so that dieting folks can still enjoy their menu.

Michele expects to open in December. They will begin traveling to different events and happenings in the area to spread the word. Follow them on Facebook.


BYOB Barbecue

Owner John Minniefield told FFBW that he is planning to open a new BBQ food truck. BYOB Barbecue will serve ribs, chicken, hamburgers, collard greens, mac and cheese, baked beans, fries and more.

Minniefield doesn't have a set day, but it seems likely that BYOB Barbecue will be up and running in the next week or so.

PASCO COUNTY

Savory Rhino

A new sub and soup shop is opening in Zephyrhills soon, owner Matthew Zambrana told FFBW. Savory Rhino will be a sandwich shop that will open on the premises of Rhino Smash Sauce Company.

Rhino Smash Sauce Co. was founded in 2020. They make their own hot sauces in house at: 4821 Allen Rd, Zephyrhills, FL 33541.

The Savory Rhino storefront will open at the same address. Eating sandwiches there will be an excellent way to test the Rhino Smash sauces, along with other sauces that Zambrana recommends.

They should open around the beginning of December. Expect cold and hot sandwiches, and several different soups, including weekly specials.


Leora's Way

A new food trailer is opening in New Port Richey soon, owner Joey Leora Derenze told FFBW.

The trailer will serve a vast array of foods and have an ever-developing menu. We can expect to see favorites like empanadas, chicken and waffles, homemade fries and chips, and much more.

Derenze doesn't have a firm opening date as of now. She's ironing out the final details but is very close to opening. Follow Leora's Way via their Facebook page.

ALACHUA COUNTY

Capricious

Newberry is getting a new local restaurant called Capricious, owner Christa Rummel told FFBW. Capricious will be an eclectic restaurant drawing from a range of international influences.

Rummel shared that she intends this place to be a local hangout, a place designed to be welcoming for everyone in Newberry. She will serve a small staple menu of healthy, nutrient-dense foods. Additionally, she will have an ever-changing menu based on seasonal offerings.

Capricious is planned to open in a few weeks at: 25335 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL 32669.

LEON COUNTY

Wrapology / College Creamery / Ghost Pizza

Entrepreneur Sean Oshea is opening three new concepts in Q1 of 2024. The first will be Ghost Pizza. This will be a ghost kitchen aimed at keeping the late night crowd fed. Open till 3am seven days a week, Ghost Pizza will only offer delivery.

The next, Wrapology, will be a build-your-own-wrap concept aimed at providing customizable wraps with seasonal, locally sources vegetables. Additionally, they will offer fresh juices and flavored waters to their guests.

The third unit is College Creamery, an ice cream shop. Expect the tried and true counter service ice cream shop we all know and love.

These concepts are filled under the address of: 1600 W Call St #108, Tallahassee, FL 32304.

Jeremiah's Italian Ice

Franchisee Keith Paniucki shared that he is preparing to open another location of Jeremiah's Italian Ice in Tallahassee soon. The new dessert shop is slated to open in February, Paniucki said.

The brand, known throughout Florida for their frozen desserts, is planning a broad expansion initiative for 2024. This unit will be one of 47 additional units planned to open next year. Find it at: 8474 Bannerman Rd #1, Tallahassee, FL 32312.

Additionally, another franchisee is bring a unit to: 1919 W Tennessee St #420, Tallahassee, FL 32304. It's planned to open in January. The same franchisee will open at unit in Lake City at: 3242 US-441, Lake City, FL 32025.

Paniucki is the rights holder for Tallahassee as well, and he reported that several more location will open throughout the city in the coming year or so.

Visit the brand's website if you're not already familiar with their offerings.

PUTNAM COUNTY

Heart and Soulfood Eatery

The popular food trailer Heart and Soulfood Eatery will soon go brick and mortar, owner Tyrone Bennett told FFBW. The restaurant is nearing completion, Bennett said, and they're expecting to soft open on December 3rd.

The brand started in 2021 as a food trailer. Shortly after opening, the trailer was rear-ended. The accident closed the trailer down for awhile, but they returned quickly.

Now, after raising over $25,000 via crowdfunding, the Bennetts are going brick and mortar. The menu will expand, and they will have Sunday brunch. Additionally, a local dessert maker, Wrightfully Sweet, will be offering desserts to guests.

The trailer will still be available for events and catering, Bennett said. Find the new restaurant at: 308 St Johns Ave, Palatka, FL 32177. Follow them on Facebook.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY

Clems Spot

A new food truck has recently opened in the Saint Augustine area, owner Melissa Clemons told FFBW. Clem's Spot specializes in serving a variation of seafood and soul food.

To keep up with the food truck and their schedule, follow the Facebook page.

DUVAL COUNTY

Mochinut

A new location of the Mochinut brand is coming to Jacksonville, co-franchisee Loc Le told FFBW. Mochinut is known for serving delicious Mochi donuts, Korean-style hot dogs, and boba tea.

The new dessert and tea shop is under construction at: 11757 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246. Le estimates that they will open in December or January, depending on how construction continues. This is his first location with the brand, and he expects to continue expanding throughout the state.

Follow the brand's website.


Voodoo Brewing Co.

A new location of the Voodoo Brewing Company franchise is opening in Jacksonville soon. Co-owner Ryan Locke shared with FFBW that their location of Voodoo Brewing Co will likely open in early to mid January.

The brand is known for delicious craft beers, food, and a funky atmosphere. Locke shared that they will open in a historic building on San Marco Boulevard.

The exact address will be: 1974 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207.


Sugared Lemon

A new food truck serving sweet drinks and baked goods is coming to the area soon, owner Michelle Boicken told FFBW. Sugared Lemon will offer lemonade, tea, ciders, cookies and cheesecakes. Boicken mentioned that their horchata cheesecake topped with a churro donuts is among their popular items.

Currently, Boicken is waiting on inspections to be completed. Once this happens, she will open shortly thereafter. She expects to be operational from 3-5 days a week. Find Sugared Lemon on Facebook.


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