Fionn MacCool’s to open in Jacksonville Landing

Source: Roger Bull, Jacksonville.com

Friday, Aug. 12, 2011

The Jacksonville Landing is getting an Irish bar. Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant and Pub in Jacksonville Beach has signed a lease to open a second location in the Landing.

It’s going in on the ground floor last occupied by Copper Cellar Grille & Tavern and Southern Brewery and Smokehouse before that.

Work has already begun and Paul Glaser, general manager, said opening is expected for the first half of October.

“We walked in there and fell in love with the space,” he said. “It just looks so neat, and it’s something we can do.

“A lot of people say the Landing has struggled, but I think there’s business downtown. There’s a lot of people working there, we can get a good lunch following,” he said.

“More people are moving that direction. We can tap into Riverside and San Marco.”

The pub will have the same Irish menu as Fion MacCool’s at the beach but will have many more draft beers because it will have more cooler space, he said.

The space has 5,400 square feet and will seat about 200, counting the covered patios, he said.

Fionn MacCool’s opened on First Street in Jacksonville Beach in 2005.

Meanwhile, River City Gourmet Shoppe opened Wednesday in the Landing. Owned by Mitch and Sherry Lyford, it features dips, rubs, soups and an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting bar.

The Lyfords also operate Dips2Go selling dips and soups online and at Riverside Arts Market and similar outdoor markets.

It’s the first storefront to open in the Landing since Pono Visual Expression in February.

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