After Hurricane Irma did her dance on us. We saw flooding all throughout Riverside, Avondale and especially San Marco. So the local news did a nice piece on San Marco and showed some of the restaurants. Bistro Aix, European Street, and others are all coming back. Those of us that love good “eats”, are welcoming them back! It is great to see headlines that “San Marco Bounces Back”. Here is a video on the repairs at European Street.
San Marco bounces back
Businesses are bouncing back in San Marco. It was a part of Jacksonville that saw incredible flooding with Hurricane Irma. Outside and inside European Street Cafe in San Marco, there was a lot of activity this week. All of the employees are pitching in. They are building new chairs and tables. “We’ve got the troops all in here. We’re just pulling together,” Jessica Land said. She is the General Manager. Employees who once cried at the site of their beloved place of employment, have worked hard to get the store ready for the days ahead.
San Marco was under water
Can you imagine coming into the store, after the storm and seeing the products from the counter……floating in the water? “It was devestating it was to this area,” Land said. “It affected a lot of people.” Andy Zarka owns European Street Cafe. “It’s been trying,” he said. I loved this location and still do. Its the site of the old Worman’s bakery and it is perfect for dining with tables on both sides of the counter in the middle.
Now almost six months after the storm, its nice to see the area coming back to normal. We are looking forward to returning to our favorite locations for lunch and outings with clients and friends.
“I definitely missed my store. It’ll be nice to be back,” said kitchen manager Sean Barry. Bonni Woodward is a manager. “I’ve been here 13 years so this is my second home,” she said. “I missed it.”
Bonni, we missed it too.