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New Restaurants - That Just or Recently Opened

While it's true the area has lost many established local restaurants, many new & exciting one's are about to open just as fast as the old ones are disappearing.
Restaurants that recently opened...  

Changes in Bartow!

Hacienda Mexico Bartow, fl
(Bartow, Florida)

Now Open!!
Hacienda Mexico
at 195 E. Main Street in Bartow has taken over the now dedunct and short lived "La Esquina Mexican Restaurant" location. Hacienda Mexico plans to have a large authentic mexican menu selection at affordable prices. Hours will be from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday thru Saturday and till 10:00 on Friday night's.

Main Street Wraps Bartow, fl
(Bartow, Florida)

Now Open!!
Main Street Wraps
at 175 E Main Street in Bartow has taken over the defunct "Italian Market" location specializing in healthy tortilla wrap sandwiches, fresh fruits, fresh baked muffins, pastries, bagels, cookies and their own signature home-made potato chips. They are open Monday thru Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Ph. 533-3377

Big Belly Burgers  Bartow, fl
(Bartow, Florida)

Now Open!!
Big Belly Burgers
at 280 S. Wilson Ave in Bartow (the old Bedrock Cafe & short lived Hero's location) The interior has been completely re-done featuring a new clean bright look. Big Belly's follows the old Bedrock tradition of a family orientated restaurant/ sports bar with handmade fresh-cooked to order burgers, wings and salads. They also offer over 20 video monitors and a 900 sq/ft game arcade as well as nightly specials of poker, karaoke, live music and trivia contest nights.

Cafe Zuppina  Lakeland, Fl
(S. Florida Ave Lakeland)

Now Open!!
Cafè Zuppina
at 4417 S. Florida Ave Lakeland (in the old El Coqui location). Owners Berna & Erkan Nar from Plant City bring eclectic Turkish favor choices to our local cusine. Must try: Soups of the day, fried eggplant, brussel sprouts topped with asparaagus spears, rice and brown orzo pilaf, & the list goes on. Trent Rowe - Ledger gave them 3 & 1/2 Stars - read review

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(Downtown Lakeland)

Now Open!!
Soupland Mediterranian Grill
at 134 S. Kentucky Ave Downtown Lakeland. Pick It, Create your Pita, Wrap, Plate or Salad with our fresh toppings and splash it. Stuff it, select your meat or our vegetarian options.
Top It, select from our famous farmers toppings to satisfy your hunger at NO CHARGE. Splash It, add the "splashing" sauce to your meal...extra flavor. Enjoy!  more info:
SoupLand Mediterranian Grill

Champs Family Grill
South Combee Rd

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Champs Sports Grill
on S. Florida Ave has opened a second location on
S. Combee Rd with the name Champs Family Grill. Construction is now
completed at the old location of the Classic Car Cafe at 1950 Combee Rd.
Enjoy their famous Wings, Salads, Sandwiches, Burgers, Appetizers and
More in a spacious Family atmosphere for good times & some great food!

The Red Elephant Pizza & Grill

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New! & Now Open!
The Red Elephant Pizza & Grill
is taking over and renovating the old Barnhill Buffet location on S. Florida Ave in Lakeland which has remained vacant for some time. They have five other locations in Tallahassee, Panama City, Jacksonville & Tampa. Looks like a fun family place to try once they get open. Gotta try the bucket of boiled peanuts for sure!

Fred's Southern Kitchen

New! & Now Open!
A New Winter Haven location for Fred's Southern Kitchen
was delayed due to a recent fire while under construction & remodeling of the old Shell's Seafood building. Originally scheduled to open June 1st, is now finally open for business. This new Winter Haven location joins the Plant City, Lakeland and recently opened Bartow Fred's Southern Kitchen locations.

Annas Diner - Highland City
(Highland City)

Now Open!!
Anna's Diner
has finally opened in the Publix Highland City Town Center. Anna's offers a family style menu including breakfast, lunch and dinner .

 Cedar Creek Seafood

Opened July 6th!
Cedar Creek Seafood!
The Owner/Chef of the old Cedar River Seafood Restaurant is back at the helm with a new version: Cedar Creek. Currently under construction at the old Diane's Diner & Diane's Maid Service location on E. Edgewood Dr. Plans call for a nautical theme with fish nets and even a boat mounted to the wall. The dining area features both upholstered booths and free standing tables. A sneak peek at the new menu shows very attractive pricing for lunch and dinner.

Tijuana Flats - Lakeland, Fl

Opened 7/13!
More Burritos, Tacos & Enchiladas?  Can't get enough!  
Tijuana Flats
is opening a second polk county location in Lakeland at the Publix Lake Miriam Plaza give or take around July 1st. Tijuana Flats (a Chain Restaurant) will join the local Independents Tapatito's South, Pecos, Donna Julia's, Chicano's Tex-Mex & Abuelo's (chain) in the south lakeland area for Nachos notoriety.

Just Opened!
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The Original
Cuban Cafe

Pipo's of Tampa has come to Downtown Lakeland.  Since 1979 Pipo's has been serving classic Cuban food with two locations in Tampa. Now local Wayne Harrison brings Pipo's Cuban cuisine to downtown Lakeland in the old Cask & Barrel location at 115 S. Kentucky Ave.  Pipo's has generations of experience in making the best Roast Pork, Black Beans and Rice and other Cuban and Latin dishes - Their short but tantalizing menu includes soups, cafe salads, sweets & pastries, house specialty entree's, signature sandwiches and the daily "Lunch Deal" for only $6 including Iced Tea.  A quick scan of the menu shows prices from $4 to $8. They'll also be offering take-home diner packages for two ($20) or family of four ($35) including Dessert & Iced Tea. Pipo's should make a fine addition to Lakeland's downtown dining scene.

Now Open!
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Local Tina Calhoon has opened Fresco's Bakery & Bistro downtown
Lakeland on S. Kentucky Ave in Joanne List's old J J's Cafe location. Tina will be serving breakfast & lunch M-F from 7am to 5pm and 'till 2pm on Saturday.
Her menu ranges from $4 to $8. Breakfast includes traditional eggs, pancakes and omelets, to "Benedict" selections, Biscuits & Gravy and several breakfast sandwiches. At lunch you'll find Homemade Soups and Salads plus up to 15 styles of Wraps and at least 10 great sounding Sandwiches. All come with chips, slaw or potato salad & pickle spear. Fresco's also offers Fresh Baked Daily Desserts, Cookies, Cakes & Pies plus a full Catering menu. Now, Let's hope they add a Virgin Bloody Mary to the beverage list to go with the Eggs Benedict... Fresco's adds yet more diversity to the downtown dining menu.

Now Open!
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Ciao Bella Pizza & Pasta is coming to South Lakeland!  Local owners Giampolla Marchi & Pierluigi Verilo from the Ciao Bella northside Plantation Square Publix plaza are opening their second location in Lake Miram Plaza.
The location where a Cuban Cafe Takeout place used to be is being enlarged and currently under construction. Look for a Grand Opening in May or June.
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(review is for the north location - we're sure the south location is just as good)

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MJ's Bakery & Cafe recently opened in The old Spohia's Combee Rd location and is now serving baked goods plus breakfast and lunch with
Latin flavor at 2928 S. Combee Rd in Lakeland. Cubans, black beans &
rice, plantains and more. They opened in April and The Ledger has given
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Now Open!

Gator's Dockside is now open in Highland City at the new Highland City Publix Town Center. Gator's is a small Florida Chain "Sports Type" Bar & Grill with their own twist to decor and menu items. And, of course they have wings!

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Gosh! Asian Bistro - Downtown!
announces their opening of a second location in downown Lakeland on N. Kentucky Ave. (across from Mitchels)
Now you can enjoy their delicious Sushi dishes fro lunch or diner without having to drive down south to the orginal Lake Miriam Plaza on S. Florida.

View their Downtown menu or order online here

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Primo's II Italia Pizza has opened a second location in the old Westshore Pizza Location at 3114 S. Florida Ave.
Primo's continues the Delivery and Online Ordering services of Westshore. Many have said the food is even better and more in true Italian flavors. The recent Ledger food review gave them star_red.jpg (1720 bytes)star_red.jpg (1720 bytes)star_red.jpg (1720 bytes)star_red_half.jpg (1218 bytes)  stars.  read the review
View their menu or order online here

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Jet's Pizza has opened in the 3200 block on South Florida Ave in the old Winner's Circle location.  Jet's is a medium size Pizza Franchise Chain that currently operates in 10 eastern states. And now in Lakeland!

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UPDATE: Now offers Delivery!!!
Natalie's has opened at 3120 S. Florida Ave.
in the old Bedrock Cafe and formally Cedar River Seafood location. Owner Natalie Oldenkamp with years of experience at Hooter's has completely gutted and re-built the old tired interior with a new, clean & bright look.   They serve wings and a standard sports bar menu with a special flare! On a recent Ledger review, Trent Rowe gave them Three & a Half Stars. Open until midnight Mon-Sat and to 10pm on Sundays
To learn more visit:


Julianne's has opened at 3125 U.S.98 S (Bartow Hwy) Owner of downtowns JJ's Café on Kentucky Ave, Joanne List has taken over and renovated the old Ryan's Steakhouse building complete with granite top tables & upholstered chairs. Now open for Lunch & Dinner serving a complete menu including steaks, seafood and Italian cuisine. A recent Ledger review gave Julianne's star_red.jpg (1720 bytes)star_red.jpg (1720 bytes)star_red.jpg (1720 bytes)star_red.jpg (1720 bytes)  stars saying "Once you taste her food , you'll be hooked."  read the review

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Andy's Gyro's & Subs in Bartow
at the Publix Plaza on E. Van Fleet Dr.   Andy's has 100 seats & owner Andy Alshaddouh serves sandwiches, salads, soups & seafood with a Mediterranean & Cuban flair - plus, of course Gyro's!  

Blue Sapphire
Sushi Bar &

Winter Haven has yet another new place for sushi! Blue Sapphire Sushi Bar & Lounge has recently opened a new 70 seat restaurant in front of Cypress Gardens. They also plan to offer outside seating.

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Place Pizza - Highland City!
announces their opening of yet another location in the Highland City Publix Town Center Plaza at US 98 South (Bartow Hwy) & Clubhouse Rd.

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Kazbor's Grill opened a new Lakeland location in Grove Park Plaza Shopping Center! Now we don't have to drive to Auburndale for their great
steaks, wings and burgers. Kazbor's is a small Florida based chain with an
upscale Sports Bar atmosphere. 

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Mt Fugi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Buffet opened about a year ago in the Publix Southgate Shopping Center on South Florida Ave. Watch Expert Chefs prepare your favorite hibachi dishes right at your table. Enjoy some sushi and sashimi from their exclusive sushi bars. Plus, All You Can Eat hot food buffet, salad, seafood, fresh cut fruits & desserts

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