Restaurant Roundup: Somewhere Along The Way opens, new breakfast spot


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A former Micanopy art gallery and coffee shop has made its way to downtown Gainesville, ready to gain a larger following.

Somewhere Along The Way, 201 SE 2nd Ave., Suite 110, is an art gallery first, but also serves as coffee shop and wine cafe.

Think an elegant, artsy Starbucks with craft beer and wine, pairings like chocolate and crackers, pastries and art by local artists from the Gainesville-Micanopy-Ocala area and as far away as Georgia.

It held a soft opening Wednesday and will have a grand opening later in the month, said owner Mark Richardson.

The decision to move to downtown came after Richardson believed his business concept had been proven in Micanopy and he wanted to bring it closer to Gainesville's heavier foot traffic.

The move came with the decision to add wine, craft beers and teas to make it an attraction where people can come downtown to enjoy art but also stay awhile, drink wine or have a beer, giving it social-gathering potential.

Richardson opened Micanopy’s Somewhere Along The Way, now permanently closed, in 2015 as an art gallery, with a coffee cafe serving as a tool to make art lovers want to stay and enjoy it. When developing the concept for the business, he thought about the times he visited art galleries and felt the curators were watching visitors. He said he wanted to open a place that would allow its customers to feel comfortable admiring art and talking about it.

Richardson said his grand opening will include live entertainment, something he hopes to have on a regular basis.

Somewhere Along The Way is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday and closed on Mondays.

Richardson said the hours will be adjusted as he gets a feel for customer patterns.

Daybreak Pleasant Street

A husband-and-wife run brunch spot has found its niche, making as many of its menu items from scratch as possible.

Daybreak Pleasant Street, 308 NW 5th Ave., opened quietly in October. It opens around daybreak at 7 a.m., hence the reason owners Patricia and Michael Sneed named it that.

The "pleasant" in Daybreak Pleasant Street comes from it being located in the historic Pleasant Street Neighborhood, in a spot formerly occupied by Ruby’s.

It serves its full menu all day, which includes burgers made with locally-sourced beef from Greenway Farms in Alachua for overnight workers “who just get off work and want one,” Patricia Sneed said, or pancakes for those just starting their day, like its Caveman Cakes — almond flour protein cakes with berries, walnuts and coconut cream.

Other popular menu items, Patricia Sneed said, are the “Smoking Duck” sandwich, which is shredded, smoked duck, apples, cabbage jalapeño slaw and mustardaise on a potato roll, and the Breakfast Crisco, a thick-sliced brioche french toast sandwich with two eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon or vegetable sausage and maple syrup.

Patricia Sneed said Daybreak tries to be as dietary-inclusive as possible, offering several vegetarian and vegan options.

“We have a little bit of something for everyone,” she said.

Early in its existence, Daybreak Pleasant Street has garnered a small following. Around 80 percent of its customers are regulars, she said.

The restaurant is still relatively small with around 24 seats, Patricia Sneed said. There are plans in the works to eventually expand.

During peak hours, there will be a bit of a wait, she said. There is limited street parking but customers can park in an empty lot across the street.

The restaurant operates from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Backyard BBQ changes name, menu

The owner of what was formerly known as Backyard BBQ, 25405 W. Newberry Road, has changed its name to Kahunas Backyard Shack, said owner Richard Byars.

With the name change comes new menu items to fit the new theme, like shrimp, fish and an all-you-can-eat buffet on Fridays.