There is another round of big changes happening to the restaurant scene in downtown Fernandina Beach Once in a while, a business will fold and people will move on. I love it when the new business opens up!
Luigi’s Trattoria was just a couple of blocks from the Addison and provided a great Italian meal served in their tiny dining room, the front porch or in the big open-air piazza in the back of the restaurant. Giovanna no longer operates the Trattoria in this location and the building was looking a little rundown.
Enter Mark and Teresa of Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop. They bake, they make cookies and cakes and they are moving into the old Trattoria. This might just be the next bright spot in our vibrant downtown where you can enjoy fresh baked goods in the shady piazza on a sunny afternoon.
The other movers and shakers in the restaurant world? Bonito Grill and Sushi closed last year and is soon to be re-opened as Palate. Raw bar up front with a full menu in the back. I know these people, they make great food.
O’Kane’s Irish Bar closed last year as well but new life is coming. A couple of local restaurant owners have decided to expand their workload and will soon open a brew pub in the old O’Kane’s location. Crazy people but they make great food and hopefully great beer.
With all the changes going on downtown you just have to hope, that when the music stops, everyone has a storefront through which to do business.