Candy Apple Café and Cocktails — Jacksonville’s New

candy apple arb1508_9398a 600In Downtown Jacksonville, adjacent to Hemming Park and City Hall, stands the home of Sweet Pete’s Candy and The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails. The bright white building with the large porch and bright aqua eaves bustles with energy.
Property owner Marcus Lemonis’ ML Property LLC. bankrolled a multi-million dollar restoration of the former Seminole Club into a decadently whimsical location to showcase Sweet Pete’s Candy, owned by Pete and Allison Behringer, and partner Lemonis.
Sharing the building with Sweet Pete’s is The Candy Apple Café & candy apple arb1507_9214a 600Cocktails. Featuring French-inspired fare with Southern influences, a full bar with wine and craft cocktails and happy hour specials, and four private event spaces, The Candy Apple Café serves brunch and lunch seven days a week [see Hours at end], with prices ranging from $5 to $16. The café has earned a devoted following and reservations are strongly suggested.
At the heart of the bustling dining operation are mother and daughter duo Liz and Jennifer Earnest, of Chef’s Garden Catering & Events, and partners Ellen and Alan Cottrill, owners of River City Contractors and Millwork Design Studio. Executive Chef Jamey Evoniuk keeps the kitchen running smoothly and curates the seasonal menu.

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Article written by Nancy White

Photos by laird

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Get the recipe for Candy Apple Café’s Pistachio-crusted lamb chops with root vegetable hash, roasted cauliflower and pommery beurre rouge with Ruby Red Cocktail here


The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails
400 North Hogan Street
Twitter: @candyapplecafe
Instagram: @candyapplecafe

Cuisine: French with Southern Influences
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Author: Arbus

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