What: Grand opening of Nineteen61, a Latin fusion restaurant that has moved from Dixieland to downtown.

Where: 215 E. Main St., the circa-2005 building that was renovated three years ago to house the Posto 9 Brazilian gastropub.

When: Today, after several days of soft openings last week.

Who: General manager, Lindsey Crowley; executive chef, Marcos Fernandez; sous chefs: Blake Jones and Patrick Mc’Andrew; bar manager, Emerson Bamaca

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Photos by David Dickey Jr.

Interior design: Monica Loret de Mola and Gretchen Aguayo

Seating: 152, compared with 47 at the Dixieland location

Menus: Lunch ($9-$24) | Dinner (Entrees: $19-$65) | Tapas (In the bar after 3: $6-$19)

Something new: Wood-burning grill

Building ownership: The three-story structure was purchased in May for $1.72 million by Lakeland Main LLC, a company whose principals include Marcobay Construction executives Howard Bayless, Austin T. Jones and Shawn W. Jones.


  • Monday-Thursday – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday-Saturday – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday – 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Lounge – 3 p.m. to close; happy hour 4-6 p.m.

Online reservations: Open Table

Phone: 863-688-1961


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