Food notes: Applebee's continues 'community' renovations

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Another Jacksonville Applebee’s restaurant is in line for a renovation to the “community” interior design already completed at the Lane Avenue and 103rd Street locations.

The St. Johns Town Center Applebee’s will close for construction Sunday and reopen at 11 a.m. Feb. 27.

A VIP ribbon-cutting Feb. 26 will benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.

Hughes Brothers Construction of Alabama LLC is the contractor for the interior and exterior renovations for the Applebee’s at 4507 Town Center Parkway at a project cost of $146,431.

The 4,754-square-foot restaurant can accommodate up to 213 guests. In addition to 13 TVs throughout the restaurant, there will be a 60-inch TV screen in the bar area.

Doherty Enterprises Inc. intends to introduce the “community” design in 38 Applebee’s restaurants in North Florida and Georgia over the next 15 months.

The community theme focuses on education, nonprofit organizations and first responders, featuring photos from local high schools and university, professional and college sports teams and community groups.

The Town Center Applebee’s will feature organizations that include Englewood High School, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Harvest Community School and Sandalwood High School.

Hughes Brothers also handled the first two renovations.

Girl Scout cookies for sale

It’s the pre-spring ritual — Girl Scout cookies are for sale.

Pre-order sales are underway and the public sale of cookies begins Feb. 24. Cookies are available through March 31.

Cookies sold by the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council are $4 a box. Last year, troops in the council received $807,000 from cookie sales.

The council serves about 18,000 girls and adults in 16 Northeast Florida counties.

In 2013, Thin Mints accounted for 25 percent of the sales, followed by Samoas (19 percent), Tagalongs (13 percent), Do-si-do cookies (11 percent) and Trefoils (9 percent).

Also available are Savannah Smiles, Dulce de Leche and Thank You Berry Much.

To find cookie sales locations, visit

Licensed to serve

Duval County Tax Collector Michael Corrigan issued business licenses for:

• Bob’s Famous Bar-b-q Pit, to Brian Baker, 5013 Soutel Drive.

• Jimmy John’s Store #2174, to Shot Guns Subs V, 11616 San Jose Blvd.

Food nuggets

The city approved construction for:

• Edible Arrangements at 731 Duval Station Road, No. 105.

• Dunkin’ Donuts at 3929 Hendricks Ave.

• Café Kabob, 8600 Baymeadows Road, No. 23.

• North Point Coffee Shop, 3416 Moncrief Road, No. 104.

Food bite

A food-related businesses filed names recently with the state Division of Corporations under the Fictitious Name Law to operate:

• China Wok, by Fenhao Chen, 12123 Lem Turner Road, No. 2.