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Crabby’s Oceanside restaurant to replace Cocina 214 in Daytona

Crabby’s Oceanside eatery to take over soon to be former Cocina 214 restaurant in Daytona Beach on an oceanfront Consolidated-Tomoka owned property that’s also home to LandShark Bar & Grill. Operators of new restaurant also own several Crabby’s restaurants in Clearwater-St. Petersburg area as well as St. Cloud.

DAYTONA BEACH — The operators of several restaurants in the Clearwater-St. Petersburg area have agreed to take over the soon-to-be former oceanfront Cocina 214 building here where they will open a new eatery called Crabby’s Oceanside.

The new restaurant at 451 S. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach will feature fresh local seafood.

The new restaurant operator is a St. Petersburg-based company called Beachside Hospitality Group that currently runs seven eateries, mostly on Florida’s west coast: Crabby’s Dockside, Crabby’s Bar & Grill, The Salty Crab Bar & Grill and Salty’s Island Bar & Grille in Clearwater Beach, Crabby’s Beachside Bites at Tropicana Field Stadium in St. Petersburg, The Salty Crab Bar & Grill in Fort Myers and Crabby Bill’s in St. Cloud.

The company also plans to open a Crabby’s Dockside restaurant in Fort Pierce in April 2020.

Beachside Hospitality Group will take over the lease for the standalone Cocina 214 Tex-Mex restaurant here on Aug. 4. The new eatery is next door to LandShark Bar & Grille, just north of Sunsplash Park and the Volusia County Lifeguards Headquarters. The landlord for the two side-by-side restaurants is Daytona Beach-based Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co.

“Our goal is to hold on to as many current Cocina 214 employees as we can,” said Jason Zelenak, who will serve as acting managing partner for Crabby’s Oceanside. “We want to make this transition over to Crabby’s Oceanside as quickly as we can.”

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Week-by-week, Protogroup tower rises on Daytona Beach horizon

DAYTONA BEACH — If you’ve noticed that the 28-story South Tower of Protogroup’s planned 501-room Daytona Beach Convention Hotel & Condominiums seems to be growing by the week, you’re exactly right.

“We’re working at a pace of about a week per floor,” Mike Zehe, general superintendent of the mammoth construction site at the intersection of State Road A1A and Oakridge Boulevard.

“This morning, we just poured the 23rd (floor) deck. It tops out at 28,” added Zehe of Yates Construction, the project’s general contractor. “Right now, we’re in the first sequence in a two-sequence deck for the 23rd level. We’ll top off the building by the end of November.”

When it’s completed in 2020, the Convention Hotel & Condominiums’ taller North Tower will rise to 380 feet, making it the tallest building in Volusia and Flagler counties. To the South, the second tower will rise to 330 feet. With a price tag of $192 million, the project also will be the most expensive hotel/condo development in the area’s history.

Earlier this month, construction progress was reported to be on-time for the projected completion dates, August 2019 for the 28-story South Tower and sometime in 2020 for the 31-story North Tower, said Alexey Lysich, vice president of Protogroup, the Palm Coast-based, family-run company whose Russian owners are developing the property.

Despite a rainy summer, Lysich said that the absence of hurricanes or other tropical storms has enabled construction crews to stay on schedule.

“We are lucky this year with the hurricanes, unlike two years before,” Lysich said. “Everything is going very smooth.”

Zehe, who supervises a crew of roughly 200 tradesmen at work on the South Tower and another 20 starting prep work on the North Tower, said that crews on Friday will begin “dry-in” work on the South Tower’s 12th-floor mid-rise, a process that enables interior work to begin.

Outside utilities are scheduled to be brought in by November, he said.

Also this week, a tower crane will be going up on the site of the North Tower, where work on the foundation will begin on Thursday, Zehe said.

“We should start going vertical on the North Tower 60 days after Oct. 1,” Zehe said.

Zehe also reports that the weather has been cooperative for construction progress.

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The Next Urban Powerhouses: 10 Smaller Cities Poised to Skyrocket

 | May 7, 2018

Everyone obsesses over the handful of smaller cities that got the secret formula just right and have exploded into some of the nation’s biggest economic and trendsetting powerhouses.

It can happen quicker than expected. It wasn’t long ago that red-hot (and ultra-expensive) cities such as Seattle, Nashville, TN, and Austin, TX, were considered sleepy or secondary markets. Ah, memories.

When cities reach the exclusive and ever-elusive boomtown status, they find themselves bursting with good-paying jobs, world-class culture, and Instagram-worthy foodie havens. Homeowners who got into these magical markets early can sell their homes for megaprofits. But those trying to buy into them post-boom might find the entry price too steep.

So savvy home buyers wonder where the next generation of powerhouse cities will be. That’s where the data team at realtor.com® comes in.

We crunched the numbers to figure out which small and midsize metros are poised to hit it big. What we found: unexpected places that are millennial-friendly with tech job growth and proximity to bigger cities where prices have gone insane.

“We’ll see small cities continue to be growth centers,” says Chris Porter, chief demographer at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, a national firm. “A lot of them are in the South—a region with great affordability, a business-friendly environment, and warmer weather.”

We looked at data* from the 200 largest metros, factoring in population, income, home price, and building permit growth; employment figures; and cultural amenities. We excluded the 15 largest metros to keep big-name cities such as New York and Dallas off our list. And we included only one metro per state to ensure geographic diversity.

Herbert Caen, who penned a column for the San Francisco Chronicle for nearly 60 years, wrote of his beloved hometown: “A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams.”

So where are the next dream towns?

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Two Daytona-area hotels listed among world’s best

DAYTONA BEACH — Two area hotels have been honored by U.S. News & World Report with spots on the publication’s 2018 list of Best Hotels, a worldwide evaluation that includes more than 24,000 luxury hotels across the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda.

Among the statewide rankings, the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores placed at No. 153 among rankings of 293 Florida hotels. On the same list, the 744-room Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort was ranked at No. 239.

The Shores Resort also received a silver badge to denote its finish in the top 30 percent of ranked hotels for a particular destination. Among U.S. News city hotel lists for 2018, the Shores and the Hilton, in that order, were the only two hotels to make the list for Daytona Beach.

“It’s exciting,” said Rich Byrd, general manager of the 212-room Shores Resort. “Our team has worked hard for that and we have made a lot of changes to our service levels here. We’re rated as a four-diamond resort by AAA, but we train our staff at a five-diamond level and they work very hard to achieve that.”

With new properties such as the Delta Hotel by Marriott in Daytona Beach Shores and the Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach being added to the landscape, the area is poised to potentially add more hotels to the U.S. News list in coming years, said Jim Berkley, general manager of the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort.

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Cocina 214 on target for January opening

DAYTONA BEACH – With only wooden frames to divide them, it’s hard to distinguish the indoor bar from the main dining room on the construction site of the new Cocina 214, but the restaurant’s defining design element is instantly apparent.

“Look at this view,” said Lambrine Macejewski, the Tex-Mex restaurant’s co-founder, partner and business manager, gesturing from the entrance past skeletal wooden frames that will soon support oceanfront picture windows on the restaurant’s east side. “From the moment you walk in, it’s special. It’s breathtaking.”

Macejewski on Tuesday offered a tour of the restaurant’s construction site at 451 S. Atlantic Ave., just north of the Volusia County lifeguard headquarters and SunSplash Park in Daytona Beach.

Cocina 214 is part of a two-restaurant development on the 6-acre lot that also will include a Landshark Bar & Grill, a separately owned restaurant to be operated by Orlando-based IMCMV, licensee of the restaurant chain started by Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings company.

Consolidated-Tomoka is the landowner and developer of the $6 million dual-restaurant project.

Both restaurants are slated to open in tandem in time for the start of Speedweeks, which kicks off with the Rolex 24 at Daytona race at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 27, Macejewski confirmed on Tuesday.

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