Restaurant activity is heating up in downtown Lakeland, as several food and drink projects are under way and others are still in the early talking stage, according to an update from the Downtown Development Authority. More
“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.
A 92-year-old house in Dixieland has been transformed into a homey coffee shop that features coffees from Central Florida roasters and plans to offer acoustic entertainment. Hillcrest Coffee at 119 W. Hillcrest St. hasn’t officially opened yet, but owner Brian Goding is serving customers weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon. More
The highly anticipated Brazilian gastropub overlooking Munn Park said on Facebook it has passed most of its inspections and anticipates acing its final inspection Tuesday morning. Reservations starting Saturday will be honored, and private events planned for Thursday and Friday are a go.
“Someone recently told me to tread lightly in Lakeland, that the city has yet to support and sustain a bakery,” a local baker wrote on Instagram. I’ll confess I had a similar impression for many years. But I’m rethinking it as several bakery businesses are emerging. Read on to see who they are and what they’re doing. More