Phoenix-based True Food Kitchen applied to the city for a $1.8 million interior and exterior conversion of the former Mitchell’s Fish Market in St. Johns Town Center.
The permit calls for Phoenix-based True Food Kitchen to renovate the 7,540-square-foot free-standing restaurant along with 1,064 square feet of exterior space.
Wolford Retail Builders Inc. of Tampa is the contractor and Aria Architect of Oak Park, Illinois, is the architect.
True Food Kitchen has not confirmed a timeline for the restaurant, planned at 5205 Big Island Drive. Simon Property Group is an owner and the manager of St. Johns Town Center.
“We’re working on solidifying an agreement with Simon, but it hasn’t been formalized yet,” said Vice President of Marketing Shannon Keller in March.
True Food Kitchen, with 26 locations in 12 states, calls itself “a health-driven, seasonal restaurant” with a bar and an open kitchen. It was developed with alternative medicine celebrity doctor Andrew Weil.
The city also has been reviewing plans to demolish interior and some exterior space at the 11-year-old restaurant at a cost of $25,000.
The online menu features starters like charred cauliflower, roasted heirloom carrots and herb hummus; salads; pizzas, including fennel chicken sausage; grains, pad thai, quinoa and curry bowls; sandwiches include burgers and Mediterranean chicken pita; and entrees featuring grilled salmon, spaghetti squash casserole and grilled fish tacos.
The menu rotates regularly “to let guests experience great-tasting ingredients at the peak of their freshness,” says truefoodkitchen.com.
There also is a brunch menu, cocktails, seasonal wines, local beers, coffee and tea.
Included on the menu are gluten-free, naturally organic, vegetarian and vegan offerings.
True Food Kitchen operates two restaurants in Florida, in Boca Raton and Naples.
After a decade in business, Mitchell’s Fish Market closed over New Year’s weekend. The building is at the southern end of St. Johns Town Center next to J. Alexander’s and near The Capital Grille and Cantina Laredo.