This week we have quite a spread of exciting restaurants coming to Florida. Between Jacksonville and Miami, we confirmed 18 new food trucks and restaurants. Read about them all below!
Dave's Hot Chicken
Co-franchisee Craig Ollis told FFBW that he and his franchising partners have an agreement to open 8-10 new Dave's Hot Chicken locations throughout Broward County.
The first unit in the grand plan will be in Pembroke Pines at: 15825 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028. Ollis said that they are working on opening this location next year in February.
While nothing is set in stone yet, Ollis said that they'd like to open in Plantation, Coral Springs, Sawgrass, near Coral Ridge Mall, and other locals. These plans are still tentative however, given that they have not secured leases for additional units yet.
Ollis and his partners are also franchisees of Jersey Mike's Sub Shops throughout the Miami area.
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Smoke Shack BBQ and Burgers
Co-owner Greg Stouffer told FFBW that a long delayed location of Smoke Shack BBQ and Burgers is ready to open in a week or two. Smoke Shack BBQ and Burgers has been planning to open in Delray Beach at: 13900 Jog Rd, Delray Beach, FL 33446 for over a year now.
Stouffer reported that their development has seen numerous delays; however, they are set to open in two weeks or less. The brand has one other location in Royal Palm Beach, and two others in New Jersey. Stouffer reports that they are looking for more units in Florida too.
Additionally, the brand is rolling out a 14 foot food trailer in the Melbourne area, where they will sling their delicious BBQ on the go. Expect it to open in mid-November. Follow the brand's social media.
Enthusiastic restaurateur Robert Murphy is opening a new neighborhood restaurant, bar, and pub in Boynton Beach, Murphy told FFBW. Murphy's Grill will epitomize a local hangout. Murphy said that the brand's tag line is: "Food, Fun, and Friends."
Expect delicious bar foods and pub favorites from hamburgers, fish and chips, bangers and mash, and more. Murphy's will also root their menu in local fresh ingredients.
To further emphasize the local appeal, Murphy plans to have golf cart parking, 20 televisions for sports, and to host events on the weekends.
Touch of Tea
A new health-conscious boba tea and pastry shop is coming to Lake Worth, owner Yulia Polynina told FFBW. Touch of Tea is in the final phases of development, and Polynina is hoping to open in the next couple of weeks.
Touch of Tea will feature a range of teas and coffees, with milk, oat milk, and coconut milk options for those wanting to avoid dairy.
Keep an eye on: 6169 Jog Rd a 14, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33467. As of now, Polynina expects to open on the 10th of this month.
Daily Grind Coffee Company
A new coffee house and pastry shop is headed into North Palm Beach soon, co-owner Justin Sta Rosa told FFBW. Daily Grind Coffee Company is the first locations of what Sta Rosa plans to be a multi-unit brand.
Waiting for final inspections and licensing, Sta Rosa anticipates opening in early November. They will serve a range of coffees and pastries, he said.
Find the new shop at: 11370 US-1, North Palm Beach, FL 33408.
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Jersey Mike's Subs
Franchisee Frank Bergren is bringing several new Jersey Mike's locations to central and northern Florida, Bergren reported to FFBW. The restaurants are slated to open from later this month to as far out to Q2 of 2024.
The first of the bunch is planned to open at: 8675 Fenton St, Orlando, FL 32836. Bergren estimates that it will open by the end of this month, on the 25th. This, like many estimated opening dates, may change.
The second Orlando-area location will come to: 1651 Future Wy, Kissimmee, FL 34747. Bergren estimates an end of November to early December opening for this unit.
The greater Tampa-area will see a location go to St. Petersburg Beach at: 4695 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706. The restaurant will likely begin construction in about 60 days, Bergren said. When exactly it will open is unknown.
Clearwater will also get a new sub shop at: 2424 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33765. This one is estimated to open in Q1-Q2 of 2024.
Moving further north, Bergren is bringing the brand to St. Augustine at: 70 Silver Frst Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32092.
The last of the bunch is slated for Jacksonville at the River City Marketplace, with a zip code of: 32218. An exact address isn't available as of now.
Bergren shared that they also celebrated the grand opening of his Largo unit on Wednesday, October 4, at: 10500 Ulmerton Rd Suite 208, Largo, FL 33771.
A brand new Hawaiian food truck recently opened in Lake County last week. Aloha Hawaiian Restaurant is owned by Malu and William Cummings, who are both natives of Hawaii.
The truck, Malu Cummings reported, is stationed at Lake Square Mall, at: 10401 US-441, Leesburg, FL 34788. Their truck has seen immediate popularity, Cummings said, as they've been busy and lines have not stopped forming.
The goal of this truck is to create authentic Hawaiian dishes, ones that excel beyond the usual Hawaiian food you can find. To check their menu, from teriyaki ribs to kalua pig, go to their website.
NY Grilled Chicken and Gyro
A new food truck is coming to the area by way of owner Latif Khan. NY Grilled Chicken & Gyro is waiting on final approval from the city before it opens. Khan doesn't have an exact opening date to share yet.
Khan is also the owner of food trucks in Pennsylvania, he said. This is his first in Florida. Follow the Instagram here.
Casa Patron Mexican Kitchen
A new elevated Mexican restaurant is coming to Sarasota soon, co-owner Miriam Garcia told FFBW. Casa Patron Mexican Kitchen is estimated to open in mid-November, Garcia said.
Garcia has worked in the restaurant industry for over a decade, and she and he husband and brother-in-law are also owners of the Azul Tequila Mexican Restaurants in Sebring and Arcadia. While Casa Patron will be similar to Azul Tequila, Garcia emphasized that they will have a nicer atmosphere and elevated cuisine.
The Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa will soon see a new locally owned small business open, co-owner Anya Obringer said. WU is an ambitious concept that will open in a former auto mechanic bay and office, offering a blend of latin and asian foods.
WU will feature a boba tea shop in the office attached to the bay, where guests can enjoy a range of asian-inspired beverages. In the bay itself will be the stationary WU food truck. It will serve an eclectic menu blending Obringer's Puerto Rican heritage with the culinary traditions she learned to cook while living in South Korea. WU will also offer vegan and halal dishes. Read the specifics of their menu on the brand's website.
WU will host weekend brunches events, featuring various food specials and particularly funky menu additions, like Cuban Ube French Toast. They will also add wine and beer to the menu after opening
The garage bay features a cool hangout space, Obringer said, complete with turf grass and stylish decorations. They are currently 90-95% of the way finished with the buildout, and once they pass final inspections, Obringer hopes to open in the next 2-3 weeks. Find them at: 4410 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603.
Franchisee Colin Means told FFBW that he is opening two more Firehouse Subs locations in Clearwater and St. Pete. The first unit to open will be in St. Petersburg. Means reported that while he intended to open at the beginning of this month, he's pushed the potential opening date back to late October or early November. Look out for it at: 2125 66th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710.
The next unit will open in Clearwater. Means said that he recently signed an agreement to franchise in the territory, but he hasn't found a location for the sub shop yet. He estimates opening in Clearwater in a year.
Mean is the owner of three other Firehouse Sub shops across the greater Tampa area.
Mosaic Song Cafe
A new and exciting cafe is underway in Brooksville, owner Gina Lalane told FFBW. Mosaic Song Cafe is currently in demolition, and an opening date at this time is unknown. Lalane is estimating in maybe eight or so months.
The plans for Mosaic Song Cafe are expansive, including a large outdoor seating area, a drive through, and a stage for musical and other performances. Gina and her husband have Italian and Spanish heritage, and their menu will reflect that. Lalane said the guests will enjoy Italian coffee and a blend of Spanish and Italian food.
A worship leader in her church, Lalane emphasized that they will frequently have special events centered around musical performances.
Find the new cafe at: 417 W Jefferson St, Brooksville, FL 34601.
Still Smoking BBQ & Seafood
Owner Michael Williams told FFBW that he is opening his first food trailer this month. Still Smoking BBQ & Seafood will serve a mouth watering array of barbecue, like brisket, chicken, ribs, and more. Also, he will offer seafood plates, like shrimp and grits, fish and grits, crab, and others.
Initially, Williams planned to open the 15th of this month, but because of some paperwork, he estimates opening by the end of the month. He plans to pop up at various events throughout DeLand once he's up and running.