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Two New Restaurants to Open on Palafox Place, Pensacola

Woooo HOOOOO, Carleton Proctor at the PNJ just tweeted there will be two new restaurants, one Italian, opening this year on Palafox Place in downtown Pensacola:

The menu of downtown Pensacola’s restaurants is about to add another entree.

David Hambrick, owner and manager of Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille, has reached an agreement with Durnford Enterprises Inc. to lease the former Distinctive Kitchens property on Palafox Place.

Hambrick said Thursday he plans to open an Italian-themed restaurant in one half of the 11,000-square-foot building, and eventually will open a second adjacent restaurant within that space at a later date.

“We’ve been talking to them (Durnford) since October when he heard the property had become available,” Hambrick said. “We’ve verbally agreed to a lease and now we’re just waiting for incorporation papers and a name for the restaurant.”

“The core menu will be modern Italian,” he said.

The deal and lease is expected to close March 1, Hambrick said.

Durnford Manager Frank Webb confirmed the agreement with Hambrick. Durnford owns the building, which has addresses of 29 and 31 Palafox Place.

First opened in 2004, Distinctive Kitchens and Culinary Arts Center closed late last summer, and the building has been unused since then.

Hambrick said he is working with Pensacola architect Brian Spencer on the interior design of the proposed restaurant.

Hambrick and business partner Paul Bruno will design the entirely rebuilt kitchen area, which eventually will serve both proposed restaurants.

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February 1, 2013 - Posted by | Community, Cooking, Cultural, Food, Living Conditions, News, Pensacola, Restaurant

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