Brooklyn, a small borough situated between Downtown and Riverside, is quickly becoming the neighborhood to watch. The Fresh Market opened there last year amid the construction of hundreds of sleek-looking apartments. Corner Bakery was the first restaurant to get cooking at Brooklyn Station, then came BurgerFi; now more restaurants are moving in. All slated for fall 2015, the new offerings should appeal to just about any taste or budget.
Sbraga & Co.
Celebrity chef Kevin Sbraga—winner of the seventh season of Top Chef—has decided to open his first restaurant outside of Philadelphia at 220 Riverside in Jacksonville. Sbraga & Co. will have a wood fire grill, a raw bar, shareable plates and entrees all inspired by Southern cuisine. Hiring has begun and the restaurant's planning for an October opening.
Fast-casual Mediterranean chain Zoë's Kitchen is moving from its former digs in Five Points to Brooklyn Station at 90 Riverside Ave. The new, larger location will feature new menu items and an updated store design. To celebrate the new restaurant, Zoës Kitchen is giving away 500 entrées at the new location and there is a chance to win a grand prize of free food for a year from the new location. The contest runs through the opening date of September 13. Visit their Facebook page to enter.
Slated to open in fall at 220 Riverside, Hobnob is a new restaurant by the owners of Downtown's Candy Apple Cafe. On the menu at the new concept are cool, upscale features like tableside bar carts, butler-passed appetizers and restaurant-wide Champagne toasts. The 4,560-square-foot, 200-seat restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily.
A new location of the Downtown favorite Burrito Gallery is expected to open at the end of September at Brooklyn Station. The lower floor of the restaurant will be about the size of the original location, but it has a second floor with a rooftop bar (one of the only ones in the city, bafflingly). The Mexican-inspired menu isn't expected to change.