Gainesville Gains Three New Restaurants

Three new restaurants are coming to Gainesville. Crane Ramen, Po Boy’s Seafood and Grill, and STM Mobile Seafood will be joining the array of Gainesville eateries.

Po Boy’s Seafood and Grill is the second new restaurant that has come to Gainesville. It replaced The Original Wharf Express at University Towne Center on 34th Street. The menu features many items from the Wharf’s menu with some new additions. Po-boy sandwiches are the specialty but the seafood grill also has combo platters, tacos, grouper, scallops, and garlic cheddar pips. Side items include red beans and rice, fried okra, and cheese grits. Most menu items range from $6 to $12. Make sure to visit this new restaurant that open on May 1st during the week because they are closed on Sundays. University Towne Center has additional retail space open for lease. Make sure you check out the space available and the benefits University Towne Center offers! 

Crane Ramen serves traditional Japanese ramen. The restaurant will be located downtown at 16 SW First Ave. which last housed Key West Cigar Co. Fred Brown, co-owner of Crane Ramen, describes the restaurants dishes as “craft ramen” with emphasis on the high quality fresh broth and local ingredients. Each noodle dish comes with vegetables, a hard-boiled egg, and a protein dish. Noodle bowls costs $10 to $12 each. Crane Ramen will be open for lunch, dinner, and late night hours. Fred Brown and Bill Bryson, owners of Crane Ramen, will host a pop-up version of Crane Ramen on 627 N. Main St. from 5pm to 10pm Friday and Saturday at Vine Bakery and Pasta.

STM Mobile Seafood will bring the sea to you. The restaurant will offer dine in, take out and delivery options to their customers. STM plans to open in mid-July at 1040 E. University Ave. The menu includes blue crab, snow crab, and a variety of fish options daily but Thursdays are set aside as oyster night. The prices will range from $8 to $18 while breakfast is offered every morning for city, state, and country workers costing around $7. Queneller Clark, owner of STM Mobile Seafood, hopes to “bring something nice to the east side of town.” 

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Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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