Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

All the latest news relevant to the Riverside, Avondale, Ortega and Murray Hill areas.

Family-owned market gets approval for modest expansion

Family-owned market gets approval for modest expansion

Two seemingly parallel applications for development in the predominantly residential historic district of Riverside and Avondale are, in reality, divergent. While Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) strongly opposes the planned unit development for The Roost, a 150-seat, late-night bar and restaurant on Oak Street, it supported a rezoning request in order to bring the Pinegrove Market […]

Black Sheep gets thumbs up from DDRB

Black Sheep gets thumbs up from DDRB

A proposal for a unique restaurant in the heart of Hemming Park was approved by the Downtown Development Review Board on Feb 25. The 320-square-foot “container” restaurant/bar will be constructed from two repurposed shipping containers at an estimated cost of $241,000, according to Allan DeVault, partner at Black Sheep Restaurant. “The kiosk concept came up […]

Edgewood Bakery closes doors; French Pantry to move in

Edgewood Bakery closes doors; French Pantry to move in

Just one year shy of celebrating 70 years in business, the Edgewood Bakery is closing its doors for good. There is no chance, either, for a purchase and re-opening under the same name as Stache Investments sold the property, after very short negotiations, to local restaurant entrepreneur John Valentino. Valentino, who owns Mellow Mushroom and […]

Jacksonville expedition collects data on great white sharks

Many vacationers visit Northeast Florida for its warm waters. Great white sharks are no exception. On March 15, shark research organization OCEARCH returned to downtown Jacksonville to embark on its second expedition here. Their first Jacksonville expedition in 2013 found this region to be an overwintering habitat for great white sharks. Through April 2, OCEARCH […]

Mutt March exceeds expectations in walkers, proceeds

Residents are passionate about their pets, and especially daffy over their dogs. A record-breaking 600-plus walkers at the annual Mutt March raised over $110,000 for the homeless animals at Jacksonville Humane Society, exceeding the goal by more than 10 percent. With at least 2,500 visitors scoping out 32 vendors, the Humane Society considers the March […]

Spring brings movement in Avondale retail

Spring brings movement in Avondale retail

Just as change occurs in spring, a retirement leads the news in Avondale. Cowford Traders owner Deb Fewell, who has been providing unique local gifts and jewelry since 2003, is charting a different course in life. She shared an exclusive bittersweet announcement with The Resident. “We have loved every minute of serving the Avondale and […]

Future Marina Mile development could bring new life to Ortega River

Future Marina Mile development could bring new life to Ortega River

Eight years ago, as the economic recession began in January 2008, a group of 20 businesses, including Sadler Point Marina and the former Pier 17, incorporated as the Jacksonville Marina Mile, hoping to promote a full-service experience for boaters in the area. Situated on the Ortega River along Lake Shore Boulevard and Lakeside Drive, the […]

Planning Department approves proposed Roost restaurant with conditions

The City of Jacksonville Planning and Development Department issued a report Feb. 26 approving the Planned Unit Development (PUD 2016-55), with conditions, for the restaurant known as The Roost, slated for occupancy in the former Deluxe Dry Cleaner and Launderette on Oak Street. Planning and Development Department staff recommended several conditions throughout the report as […]