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 While we have "lost" many favorite & old time local restaurants due to this slow economy
there's many new and exciting new ones taking their place for your diningout pleasure...

We strive to keep you informed, but If you see openings or closings not reported here...
Please drop us a line to keep this community site fresh & informative for everyone.

Primo's Pizzeria

NEW!  Lakeland's LARGEST PIZZA!!
Primo's announces Lakeland's Largest Pizza - a GIANT 30"er

This baby pales others 16, 18, & 24" pizzas & Feeds an Army!
Available now at Primo's II at 3114 S. Florida Ave for pickup or delivery.   or- You can even order this monster Online Here

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(Downtown Lakeland)

Now Open!!
Soupland Mediterranian Grill
at 134 S. Kentucky Ave Downtown Lakeland. Pick It, Create your Pita, Wrap, Plate or Salad with our fresh toppings and splash it. Stuff it, select your meat or our vegetarian options.
Top It, select from our famous farmers toppings to satisfy your hunger at NO CHARGE. Splash It, add the "splashing" sauce to your meal...extra flavor. Enjoy!  more info:
SoupLand Mediterranian Grill

JRS Bistro

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UPDATE:  This restaurant has already closed up shop

Everybody has been wondering what was going on in the old Downtown Lakeland Twistee Treet location on Florida Ave. across from the main Suntrust office. We are glad it is going to be a great new sandwich bistro, named JR'S BISTRO. New proprietors are Bob & Roberta Rochester. This is not their first endeavor; Bob and Roberta have several successful eateries under their belt in New Jersey & most recently in Largo. (But, apparently not in Lakeland!)

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Lakeland's Landmark Bothers Bar-B-Q has closed!
Owner and former football star Freddie Mitchell left for the West Coast and likely not to return. Now the fate of Brother's remains in a Polk County Court room in a dispute between Mitchel and former owner Mary Harris. If the Brothers Tradition will continue remains to be seen. Choices for really GOOD BBQ are dwindling
as Carters BBQ, Happy Jack's BBQ and now Brothers have all closed.

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Another recent Restaurant to Bite the Dust is Syd's New York Pizza
barely lasted a year and it's a mystery because they had some
pretty good food AND offered delivery to Northside & Central Lakeland.
For a time they even offered Online Ordering like the Big Pizza Chains.
They even had cheap rent!  Oh Well, guess times are tough out there!

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Christy's Sundown Restaurant, a Winter Haven ICON has closed.

End of an Era 1950's - 2009. This extremely popular restaurant founded
by 'Nick' & Ann Christy has been a Winter Haven "Institution" since the
early 50's. The Christy's retired and sold the business in 2007 to James
Bronkhorst who has reportedly closed "Christy's" due to the poor economy.
Rumors abound that Bronkhorst is selling the business to a member of
the "Fred's Southern Kitchen" family.  Stay tuned...
More history info on Christy's Restaurant by Winter Haven's Chamber
More info on the rumored sale & new owner - by the NewsChief

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Long standing Lakeland Icon: Wine & Roses Catering & Restaurant has
closed the doors.
  Wine & Roses was located on East Edgewood Drive.
Owner Diane Waters was unsuccessful in trying to sell the business for
the past several years and has decided to retire with her husband to the
south Gulf Coast of Florida. 

Annas Diner - Highland City
(Highland City)

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New! & Now Open!!
Anna's Diner
has finally opened in the Publix Highland City Town Center. Anna's offers a family style menu including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Champs Family Grill

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Champs Sports Grill on S. Florida Ave
has opened a second location on
S. Combee Rd with the name Champs Family Grill. Construction is now
completed at the old location of the Classic Car Cafe at 1950 Combee Rd.
Enjoy their famous Wings, Salads, Sandwiches, Burgers, Appetizers and
More in a spacious Family atmosphere for good times & some good food!

Attention Bartow!
Good Measure Coffee & Cafe
Click to Order or View Menu

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Online Ordering has come to Good Measure Coffee & Cafe

in downtown Bartow joining Place Pizza (just a few doors down Main Street) with the online ordering convenience for all the busy office workers in Bartow.
You hear it first here at Diningout Guide! Owner Bobbie Wallace has the new online ordering website now under construction which will be ready to start taking orders in Mid July we're told. Future plans call for delivery service
throughout the downtown area at lunch time for a nominal fee. So be sure to
watch for this Grand Launch soon here at Diningout Guide. If you haven't tried Good Measure Coffee & Cafe yet, it's more than just need to try their Signature Sandwich's, Wraps, Soups & Salads. All Gourmet Style!

The Red Elephant Pizza & Grill

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New! & Now Open!
The Red Elephant Pizza & Grill
is taking over and renovating the old Barnhill Buffet location on S. Florida Ave in Lakeland which has remained vacant for some time. They have five other locations in Tallahassee, Panama City, Jacksonville & Tampa. Looks like a fun family place to try once they get open. Gotta try the bucket of boiled peanuts for sure!

Fred's Southern Kitchen

New! & Now Open!
A New Winter Haven location for Fred's Southern Kitchen
was delayed due to a recent fire while under construction & remodeling of the old Shell's Seafood building. Originally scheduled to open June 1st, is now finally open for business. This new Winter Haven location joins the Plant City, Lakeland and recently opened Bartow Fred's Southern Kitchen locations.

 Cedar Creek Seafood

New! & Opened July 6th!
Cedar Creek Seafood!
The Owner/Chef of the old Cedar River Seafood Restaurant is back at the helm with a new version: Cedar Creek. Currently under construction at the old Diane's Diner & Diane's Maid Service location on E. Edgewood Dr. Plans call for a nautical theme with fish nets and even a boat mounted to the wall. The dining area features both upholstered booths and free standing tables. A sneak peek at the new menu shows very attractive pricing for lunch and dinner.

Tijuana Flats - Lakeland, Fl

New! & Opened 7/13!
More Burritos, Tacos & Enchiladas?  Can't get enough!  
Tijuana Flats
is opening a second polk county location in Lakeland at the Publix Lake Miriam Plaza give or take around July 1st. Tijuana Flats (a Chain Restaurant) will join the local Independents Tapatito's South, Pecos, Donna Julia's, Chicano's Tex-Mex & Abuelo's (chain) in the south lakeland area for Nachos notoriety.

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New! & Now Open!
Ciao Bella Pizza & Pasta is coming to South Lakeland! 
Local owners Giampolla Marchi & Pierluigi Verilo from the Ciao Bella northside Plantation Square Publix plaza are opening their second location in Lake Miram Plaza.
The location where a Cuban Cafe Takeout place used to be is being enlarged and currently under construction. Look for a Grand Opening in May or June.


Nan's Kitchen has moved from U.S. 98 North at the Liberty Square to 743 E. Memorial Blvd into the former location of the short lived Lemon Grass Thai Kitchen. Nan's new location opened early March ' 09. Bacon cheese burgers,  Meatloaf like mom used to make, fried cornbread & collard greens plus terrific service...  need we say more?

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