Panera Bread renovating in Regency, Popeyes building in Arlington.
The 1748 Bakehouse is in review for build-out at 1748 N. Main St. in Springfield. Styles Smith Plumbing Inc. is the contractor for the $165,000 project. City Council adopted a resolution in January authorizing a $55,000 city Commercial Development Area Program loan to Born in the South Inc. for renovations.
Kurt and Allison D’Aurizio established Born in the South. They plan to convert the former Carl’s Restaurant at Eighth and Main streets into a 1,500-square-foot, 34-seat bakery and restaurant at an investment of $295,000.
It will create six full-time and two part-time jobs.
The investment comprises $217,000 in space improvements and $78,000 for machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures.
Funding sources comprise a $160,000 Small Business Administration loan through Florida Capital Bank; $47,000 from the landlord; $33,000 in owners’ equity; and the $55,000 CDAP loan.
More restaurant notes
Springfield United in Springfield: JEA issued a letter of service availability for the proposed Springfield United ice cream shop planned by restaurant owner Andy Zarka at 1401 N. Main St. The building at North Main and East Fourth streets would be converted from a closed service station to the ice cream parlor. Zarka, co-owner of European Street Cafe, said previously he and his wife, Marlo, would open a soft-serve ice cream shop that also sells beer and wine. They plan to lease and convert the 2,000-square-foot building that was developed in 1930.
Nothing Bundt Cakes in Mandarin: The city approved build-out for Nothing Bundt Cakes in the Merchants Walk shopping center at 9925 San Jose Blvd., Suite 3, at a cost of $137,000. Coastal Contracting of North Florida Inc. is the contractor for the 2,750-square-foot project. The bakeries offer Bundt cakes from bite-size to 10-inch sizes. It’s the second location for the franchisee, who is considering St. Johns County for a third.
Panera Bread in Regency: Panera Bread is renovating its store at 9301 Atlantic Blvd. in the CB Square shopping center at a cost of $128,341. Davaco Inc. is the contractor for the project to remodel the front of house and bakery point-of-sale area, replace the bakery case at the registers and add a bagel case display, and update finishes in the dining room, where tables and chairs will be replaced. Restroom sinks also will be replaced.
Popeyes in Arlington: Verdad Real Estate Inc., through VRE Merrill LLC paid $490,000 for land along Merrill Road in Buck Business Park for construction of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Verdad bought the land from Buck Business Park LLC. The American National Bank of Texas made a $1.66 million loan to VRE Merrill, based in Southlake, Texas. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen plans a 2,265-square-foot, 52-seat restaurant and drive-thru on 1.25 acres at 9309 Merrill Road.
Soul Food Bistro in Arlington: The city issued a permit for a wall sign for Soul Food Bistro at 9400 Atlantic Blvd., No. 71, in the Regency Park Shopping Center. Custom Graphics & Sign Design is the contractor for the $3,300 project. A banner sign already up at the former Outback Steakhouse in the Regency Park Shopping Center shows that The Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro is coming soon. Potter’s House also is listed on the landlord’s website as the tenant in 7,959 square feet at the shopping center. The business appears to be relocating from a site 4 miles east at 11876 Atlantic Blvd., at southwest Atlantic and Kernan boulevards.
Panda Express in Atlantic North: The St. Johns River Water Management District gave notice that it would grant a permit for construction of a Panda Express restaurant on 1.08 acres in the Atlantic North shopping center. Panda Express proposes to develop a 2,200-square-foot building at 11929 Atlantic Blvd. at northwest Atlantic and Kernan boulevards.