By Roger Bull Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:08 am | updated Tue, Sep 1, 2015 @ 12:38 pm
Burrito Gallery plans to close its express spot on Third Street in Jacksonville Beach, but not before it replaces it with a full restaurant 13 blocks farther south.
John Valentino, who took over as CEO of Galley Restaurant Group last year to help the company grow, said he’s signed a lease to open the new Burrito Gallery at the southwest corner of Beach Boulevard and Third Street.
Developer Marc Angelo bought the former convenience store from Pantry Inc., owners of Kangaroo Express, in 2013 for $1,375,000. He tore the store down and will build the building that Burrito Gallery will lease, Valentino said.
The project is still going through permitting, he said.
It’s going to be about 3,600 square feet and will be designed like the new Burrito Gallery that’s going into Brooklyn Station on Riverside. But it won’t have a rooftop bar like the Brooklyn restaurant will.
The original Burrito Gallery opened a decade ago on Adams Street downtown. And that’s going in line to get a $234,000 renovation, which includes a kitchen expansion.
The business is seeking a $73,000 forgivable loan from the Downtown Investment Authority for the work. It got approval last week from a DIA committee and goes before the full board Wednesday afternoon.
But the new locations will have their own design, Valentino said.
The group is also rolling out a new menu in the next few weeks that will appear first on Adams Street then be picked up by the new restaurants.
Valentino said he’s hoping the Brooklyn location opens before Thanksgiving while the Beaches is expected in the spring.
Gallery Restaurant Group also owns Uptown Kitchen and Bar on Main Street in Springfield.VIEW FULL ARTICLE