Tuesday, November 18, 2014

More gluten-free spots coming to Jacksonville

A couple of notes I picked up at the Gluten Free & Allergen Free Wellness Event about new gluten-free spots coming soon to Jacksonville.

One is a gluten-free coffee shop coming to the Avondale area called Southern Roots Filling Station. Owner Mariah Goelz had a booth at the event and said the shop will offer quick, healthy food options.

While there will be some non-gluten-free items available, "everything we make in house will be gluten free," she said.

Goelz currently markets products under the brand Southern Roots Apothecary, so I was able to sample a double chocolate chip cookie. I think she'll have some good stuff at the shop.

Another local shop coming soon is Sweet Pete's, which as you probably know is renovating the old Seminole Club building in downtown Jacksonville for a candy shop and a full-service bar and restaurant.

The Financial News & Daily Record has reported that plans filed with the city indicate the restaurant will be a gluten-free cafe.

Sweet Pete's had some candy samples at the event -- according to its website, most, but not all, of its candy is gluten free -- but didn't have anyone there to talk about its plans. A promotional card offered with the candy said the restaurant is coming soon, but didn't say anything about it being gluten free. This will bear watching.

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