Also in Business Observer: Cue Note Billiard Room, Sara’s at European Village, Flagler Chamber, Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates.
A fast-casual Mediterranean grill from Daytona Beach is beginning what the main investor calls a “national expansion,” and the first step beyond Daytona will be Island Walk, in Palm Coast.
Oliv Epicurean Grill, which has strong reviews online, boasts fresh, healthy food, with everything made daily. “We locally source,” said investor Dan Moon, of Chicago. “That’s our first priority. And nothing’s frozen.”
The specialties include vegan and Greek food, and Moon says the atmosphere will remind guests of dining in New York or Chicago.
The price point will be in the range of $15-$17, while the national fast-casual standard is more like $8-$11, Moon said. But given the success in Daytona Beach, he plans to expand not only to Palm Coast but three to five more restaurants per year in the future, including Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, DeLand and beyond.
Palm Coast was the first choice because "it’s underserved with quality, healthy food,” Moon said.
The plan is to fill two units in the northwest corner of Island Walk, near the Old Kings Road entrance. Those units are already reserved through April because Starbucks is moving there temporarily while renovations are made on the existing Starbucks location on the southwest entrance to Island Walk. After April, Oliv will begin construction and open in the fall of 2017.
The Palm Coast edition of Oliv Epicurean Grill won’t disappoint, Moon said. “It’s going to be the template for all national expansion.”
Cue Note Billiard Room owner receives masters in jazz performance
Cue Note Billiard Room co-owner Mica Bethea has earned a two-year Masters Degree in Jazz Performance, focusing on competition and writing, from the University of North Florida.
The degree will assist the company in bringing more live music to Cue Note for the weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch, held every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month. The events have been drawing a crowd of between 50 to 60 people each week. Linda Cole continues to be the main headliner.
For more information about the bar, restaurant or the billiard room leagues, call 445-5741 or visit cuenotebilliardroom.com.
Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates celebrates six decades
When the practice began in 1956, it was the only one of its kind in the Daytona Beach area. It began with the doctor, three staff members and a small patient roster. But what a difference six decades makes. Today, it is known as Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates, employs four doctors and 50 staff members – and it celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, serving patients who reside not only in the Volusia/Flagler county area, but also across the country and throughout the world.
“No one in Volusia or Flagler County was familiar with our specialty at that time we first opened our doors,” said Dr. John O. Akers, who has been an integral part of the practice for nearly 36 years. “We have always been the go-to practice in facial trauma cases.”
Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates has three locations, including one at 21 Hospital Drive, Suite 180, in Palm Coast. Visit floridaoralfacial.com or call 252-6438.
New boutique and skin care business opens in European Village
Sara Fishbein, a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician, has opened a new boutique, Sara’s at European Village, 101 Palm Harbor Village, Suite 115. She offers facials as well as the latest skin care technology, including cosmetic microcurrent facial sculpting and microneedling.
Originally from Connecticut, Fishbein is a graduate of the Aveda Institute and relocated to Palm Coast in June.
Call 864-8306 or visit facebook.com/sarasateuropeanvillage.
Flagler Chamber seeks applicants for Leadership Flagler’s 24th class
The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for Leadership Flagler, a program that nurtures and engages the leadership skills of potential and current community leaders. Now in its 24th year, the three-month program provides insight about Flagler County’s operations, attributes, issues and opportunities, while inspiring participants to take active roles as stewards of and advocates for positive change within the community.
The cost to participate is $350 for current Chamber members and $500 for nonmembers.
The deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 17. For more information, call Rebecca DeLorenzo at 437-0106.