Established in 2012, The Happy Grilled Cheese is Jacksonville's original gourmet grilled cheese food truck. The Happy Grilled Cheese was the recipient of the People's Choice Award at the 3rd Annual Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship. Owner Anthony Hashem is finally in the home stretch to open a brick and mortar restaurant on Park Street in the heart of Riverside's Five Points district.
Earlier today I talked with Anthony (the owner) about the opening date, and the space should be open by this summer finally.
Apparently the delay has been in bringing the 100 year old building up to current restaurant codes without damaging the historic structure.
Three sets of contractors, two complete rewirings of the building, total gut and rebuild.
This space was also the site of my old cafe in five points during the 90s. Anthony says that the original graffiti murals from the back room (pretty beautiful work from the era) are all still intact, as they were covered by drywall for the past 25 years, and have been covered by a new layer of fireballing in the renovation. Kind of cool to know that so much of that work is still there under the skin.
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