Restaurant roundup: Shuck, World of Beer, McAlister’s, 4 Rivers

Check out some of the new restaurants and bars coming to Gainesville. Tioga Town Center and Esplanade at Butler Plaza are excellent locations for these businesses. We can't wait to visit them! 

By Anthony Clark | The Gainesville Sun

World of Beer

World of Beer plans to open Monday, May 6 in Tioga Town Center in Jonesville, offering more than 500 bottles of beer from around the world and 40 rotating taps, including Gainesville's Swamp Head and other Florida beers.

The tavern has partnered with nearby restaurants to deliver food to the bar.

WOB will have live music on Fridays and Saturdays and plans to hold larger concerts and outdoor events at the Tioga amphitheater.

Gainesville is the 40th location for the Tampa-based franchise.

McAlister's Deli

The McAlister's Deli on Archer Road has moved and reopened in a larger remodeled location at 3236 SW 35th Blvd., several doors down from its old location in Esplanade at Butler Plaza.

McAlister's remodeled the former Ashley's Pub location and combined it with the adjacent office spot to upgrade to the company's new national design standard.

4 Rivers Smokehouse

Meantime, Winter Park-based 4 Rivers Smokehouse started construction a couple weeks ago in the old McAlister's at the end of the shopping center and will combine the space with the former Fastsigns location behind it to build a 5,000-square-foot restaurant. Buildout is expected to take about 90 days.

Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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