Dining critic Eric Pera gives the new Dixieland eatery two stars for food and three each for service and ambience. He concludes: “Crane’s Crossing has plenty to offer, perhaps too much. Fewer menu items would allow the kitchen to concentrate on details.” | View the menu
The chain, whose five locations are on Florida’s west coast, is hoping to open by the end of the year at Lakeland Park Center, just north of Interstate 4.
KC’s Artisan Pizza (web) in south Lakeland gets a 3 1/2-star review from dining critic Eric Pera, who praises its appealing rusticity and says Lakeland needs more eateries similarly “informal and moderately priced, with food that’s freshly prepared and tilts to the exotic.”
“Every time we spoke to (potential bartenders) their expectation was, yes, you have a great salary, but I can make three times more (through tips),” Posto 9 owner Marco Franca told The Ledger. “I cannot force the market … We tried.” A Facebook announcement of the policy change drew strong comments from both critics and defenders.