Another Five Points business is closing.

 

Cozy Tea will be closing on Saturday, June 17, one week after Kostas Pizza Italian at 1053 Park St. closed its doors following a more than 40-year run.

The nearly 10-year-old Cozy Tea at 1023 Park St. announced the closure on its Facebook page on June 5.

The Facebook post read, “To all our amazing guests, thank you all for your continued support over the past eight years, you are the best customers anyone could ask for. Sadly, our lease is coming to an end and we have been forced into closing due to a massive rent hike. The last day Cozy Tea will be open for business is Saturday, June 17. We have decided to take some time out to spend with family and have chosen to wait to secure an alternate location at present. We will keep you all posted on any future progress on our Facebook page so please keep an eye on it for news updates. A very sincere thank you from Shika Patel and family.”

Patel opened the shop in November 2008, offering an array of teas, pastries and desserts.

The dining room will close at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, and a half-off sale on retail and food items will commence at 4 p.m.

TWO DUDES EXPANDING TO PONTE VEDRA BEACH

Atlantic Beach-based Two Dudes Seafood Restaurant will open a second location in Ponte Vedra Beach this August.

Owner Tom Corsano said he’s taking over the lease at the Players Café, a nearly five-year-old restaurant at 262 Solana Road in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Instead of getting rid of the Players Café, Corsano said he’s going to revamp it and place a Two Dudes Seafood Restaurant there, too.

“It’ll be two separate restaurants,” he said. “I live in Ponte Vedra and the Players Café is an institution, and Two Dudes has done really well in Atlantic Beach and I think it’ll do really well there.”

Corsano added, “It’s extra special to have it in my backyard.”

The restaurants will cover a combined 3,500 square feet.

Players Café will have 75 interior seats and 18 outside while Two Dudes Seafood will have about 100 inside and 18 outside.

Corsano said both restaurants will have beer and wine, while Two Dudes will have a full bar that offers nearly 300 different wine options.

He added that he’s planning on trimming the Players Café menu.

“We’re going to keep the general theme and offer traditional breakfast food,” Corsano said. “The menu is extensive now, so we’ll be taking some items off of it and change suppliers so the food is higher quality.”

Corsano said he’s taking over the lease at Players Café on Aug. 1.

He also anticipates Two Dudes Seafood will open in Ponte Vedra Beach in August.

“We’re taking that location almost down to the studs and rebuilding it, so it’ll be a completely brand new refinished space,” Corsano said. “It’ll have a casual feel with a beach and surf vibe.”

JUMPIN’ JAX OPENS IN MANDARIN

Jumpin’ Jax House of Food opened on Monday in Mandarin at 10131 San Jose Blvd.

Owner Howdy Russell, who was formerly with The Loop and Larry’s Giant Subs and a prior investor in Maple Street Biscuit Co., said he has always wanted to open his own restaurant.

“This concept has been a long time in the making,” he said. “I’ve lived in Mandarin for 24 years, so it’s my neighborhood and I know the community.”

Russell said Jumpin’ Jax House of Food offers burgers, pizza, wraps, salads and homemade soups.

“I wanted to make an impact on the neighborhood by covering the major food groups to give customers an opportunity to visit us on a constant basis,” he said.

Menu items include the Duval burger, which features two hamburger patties topped with cheese, Jumpin’ Jax sauce, pickles, lettuce, tomato and red onion, as well as pizza dough that will be made with Fanta orange soda.

Another menu item is the 904 Club, which will be served on Texas toast and features house-marinated chicken breast topped with melted cheddar cheese, pecan-wood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, garlic aioli sauce and avocado.

The 5,200-square-foot restaurant, which previously housed Red Elephant Pizza, boasts 135 seats and will be open 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit www.jumpinjaxhof.com.

LAKE CITY GETS A TROPICAL SMOOTHIE

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is hosting a grand opening celebration at its new Lake City location on Friday.

The cafe, which is the first Tropical Smoothie Cafe in the area, is located at 2786 W. US Hwy. 90, Suite 101, in Lake City.

The cafe will offer smoothies, toasted flatbreads, salads, sandwiches and wraps, along with breakfast items and drive-through service.

Cafe doors will open at 7 a.m. on Friday and the first 50 people in line will receive a free smoothie every week for one year.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Lake City hours are 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday.

BURGERS & BEER WEEK IN ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Augustine is hosting Burgers & Beer Week June 23-July 2.

During St. Augustine Burgers & Beer Week, patrons can try beer and burger combinations prepared by restaurants throughout St. Augustine.

Each participating restaurant will create an $8 specialty burger that is not on its regular menu. Chefs will also be competing to make the most unique burger in town.

Participating restaurants include Beachcomber Restaurant at 2 A St., Beaches at 254 Vilano Road, Burger Buckets at 3 Cordova St., Cheezees Grill at 918 Santa Maria Blvd., Hurricane Patty’s at 69 Lewis Blvd., Jaybird’s Restaurant at 2600 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., One Twenty Three Burger House at 123 King St., Prohibition Kitchen at 119 St. George St., Shaughnessy’s Grill at 4255 US Hwy. 1 South, The Black Molly at 504 W. Geoffrey St., The Press at 525 State Road 16, and The Tides Oyster Co. & Grill at 641 A1A Beach Blvd.

For more information, visit www.staugustineburgersandbeer.com.

See also: Top 10 places to grab a burger in Jacksonville

DAD’S DAY SPECIAL AT APPLEBEE’S

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar locations in Florida and Georgia are offering a special for Father’s Day on Sunday.

For $19.99, guests can enjoy a 4-ounce sirloin, chicken, half rack of ribs and two sides. Meals can be upgraded to a 6-ounce or 8-ounce steak for $3 or $5, respectively, or add signature sides for $1.99 each.

Also, through July 2, for every $50 gift card purchase, guests will receive a free bonus card valued at $10, which can be redeemed through Aug. 13.

For location information, visit www.applebees.com.

SPROUT KITCHEN STARTS DELIVERY SERVICE

Sprout Kitchen is offering a new plant-based meal, juice and smoothie delivery service in St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and the surrounding areas.

The products are 100 percent whole-food, plant-based, non-GMO, and gluten-free, as well as organic and locally sourced when possible, according to Forrest Masters, Sprout Kitchen owner and chef.

Sprout Kitchen offers à la carte plant-based meals, soups, desserts, organic cold-pressed juices and whole-food smoothies. Wellness programs are also available, including plant-based meal programs, custom cleanse packages and private or group cooking classes.

For more information about Sprout Kitchen, call (904) 217-4954, email info@thesproutkitchen.com, or visit thesproutkitchen.com.

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