RaceTrac getting a Popeyes; Ruth's Chris to renovate'
Zeus Pizza Grill & Buffet is slated to take over the former Kitchen on San Marco at 1402 San Marco Blvd.
Erkan Enterprises LLC, led by Erkan Cakar, applied for a certificate of use to open Zeus Pizza Grill & Buffet in the 4,550-square-foot space.
Cakar said Tuesday he hopes to open in mid-September.
“It’s a good location,” Cakar said, citing the hospital and medical development in the area.
The Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center operates across San Marco Boulevard and is building a nine-story addition across Children’s Way.
The Kitchen on San Marco closed in the wake of damage from Hurricane Irma in September. In a Facebook post, Kitchen on San Marco announced the storm caused extensive damage when floodwaters engulfed part of the building and that it would close permanently.
Cakar said he had some work to do. A certificate of use application shows Zeus will comprise 150 seats.
The menu has not been completed, although Cakar said it would comprise Italian and Mediterranean food.
Cakar previously owned Vinos Pizza Grille San Marco Inc. at 1430 San Marco Blvd., on the other end of the block. He said he sold the business several months before the hurricane.
He said the owner closed after the hurricane and has not reopened.
Kitchen on San Marco opened in April 2015 and was owned by Education Corporation of America, which also operates Virginia College, a for-profit, private institution.
The Jacksonville location was one of three “Kitchen on” branded restaurants in the U.S. along with Kitchen on George in Mobile, Alabama, and Kitchen on Cary in Richmond, Virginia.
It also functioned as an employment pipeline and learning lab for culinary and pastry students at Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College campus in Jacksonville.
• Buck Business Park, already slated for a RaceTrac gas station and convenience store, will gain a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at the Arlington property along Merrill Road just west of Fort Caroline Road. The city calculated a $94,289 mobility fee for the 2,265-square-foot restaurant on 0.76 acres. Verdad Real Estate of Southlake, Texas, is the developer. The property is owned by Buck Business Park LLC. Kimley-Horn and Associates is the civil engineering consultant.
• Ruth’s Chris Steak House will renovate the interior of its Ponte Vedra Beach restaurant at a construction cost of $800,000. The restaurant is at 814 Florida A1A N., Suite 103.
• McDonald’s intends to remodel its Town & Country Shopping Center restaurant at 1001 University Blvd. N. to update the drive-thru area and bringing the site into ADA compliance.
• Pizza Hut intends to build-out a carryout and delivery location in West Jacksonville at 11043 Crystal Springs Road, Suite 8. It’s a $200,000 project.