Under the headline, “Is Lakeland Florida’s next hip food city? It sure seems like it,” Tampa Bay Times Food and Lifestyle Editor Michelle Stark takes a culinary tour of Lakeland. Her tourguide was Maggie Leach, kitchen director at the Catapult small-biz incubator, so the tour leans heavily on Catapult friends and alumni. Featured eateries include […]
Aztec d’Oro Moving into Former TooJay’s Spot
The Aztec d’Oro Mexican restaurant chain is expanding to Lakeland. It will occupy the stand-alone Oakbridge Square building built for TooJays Deli and will compete with nearby Tex-Mex chains Abuelo’s and Chili’s. Target opening: September-October | Website Source: The Ledger
Biscuit-Centered Restaurant Coming to Dixieland
James Kerr, a 34-year-old professional poker player from Winter Haven, is bringing a biscuit-centered, breakfast-and-brunch restaurant to the Dixieland spot that housed Nineteen61 until it moved downtown recently. He tells The Ledger he’s hoping for a September opening for “Biscuits and Benedits,” which is modeled after the Denver Biscuit Company and aims for a “Southern-modern, […]
Owners of New Downtown Teriyaki Spot Scouting More Locations
Sampling everything on the menu was a pivotal moment for Becky and Ryan Richmond, owners of the newly opened Teriyaki Madness at downtown’s NoBay Village.
New Irish Pub at Cleveland Heights Clubhouse Brews Hope
An Irish pub anchors the new restaurant-catering service at Cleveland Heights Golf Course, and city officials are optimistic that their fourth private partner providing clubhouse cuisine will be their lucky charm.
A Look Inside Nineteen61’s New Downtown Home
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.
Read It in the Morning Paper, Foodie Edition
PUBLIX: The Grove Park Publix reopened at 7 a.m. today in a rebuilt store that’s 5,000 square feet larger than its 1960s-era predecessor. At 10 a.m. doors open to the public for the first time on a Publix liquor store in the same plaza. In North Lakeland, the Plantation Square Publix on Socrum Loop Road […]
Texas Iced-Tea Chain Starts Its Expansion in Lakeland
HTeaO, a quick-serve iced tea franchise with a Texas flair, has opened a location at 3920 S. Florida Ave. that is both its first Florida location and the first franchise out of 80 being developed in five states. Grand opening was Friday.
Restaurant Review: BubbaQues
Restaurant critic Eric Pera praises the hickory-smoked meats at the two Lakeland locations of BubbaQues, an order-at-the-counter, Florida chain that good-naturedly celebrates good ol’ boy culture | Menu Source: The Ledger
Look Up Polk Restaurant Health Inspections
There’s been a lot of Facebook discussion lately (a sample) about The Morning Paper’s method of presenting restaurant health inspection information, so we wanted to point out an alternative presentation. Check out Polk County restaurant health inspections in a searchable statewide database published by tallahassee.com, the website for the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper.