Buried deep in an inconspicuous development update available HERE, Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) had revealed that the organization has been in discussions with a party interested in redeveloping the properties located at 2502 and 2510 Oak Street. This site includes two buildings and a small, on-site parking lot at the corner of Oak and Stockton Streets.

The potential applicant employed the services of a local land-use attorney fresh off a series of recently-successful rezoning applications within a neighborhood where real estate development deals are becoming increasingly contentious.

Rumors and well-placed speculation pointed to an interest in possibly using this site for a future location for B Street Eats, a new Latin American-styled, fast casual concept from the founders of the popular Maple Street Biscuit Company. Turns out, the owners of Maple Street’s portfolio of companies have taken a pass on this location. “We looked at several sites, including this one, but don’t have a lease anywhere,” remarked Maple Street co-founder Scott Moore. “We are close on a site, but this is not it.” Murray Hill and Jacksonville Beach are now the most likely landing spots for the first B Street Eats expansion,

A scene from B Street Eats flagship location in St Augustine. Image Credit: B Street Eats

As the Maple Street Biscuit Co brand has expanded all over Florida with an additional location in Tennessee, the B Street Eats concept was formed to penetrate markets that have been introduced to and are familiar with the Maple Street brand- while offering a new cuisine to capture a larger share of consumer’s fast casual dining spending. A flagship location was recently opened in St Augustine, behind the Maple Street Biscuit Co location on Cordova Street. This first store was meant to serve as a living laboratory in order to further refine this proof of concept before expanding.

B Street Eatery’s St Augustine location is centered on a cozy, al fresco seating area and a counter service ordering format. The layout is reminiscent of a walk-up bodega one may find around the corner in a bustling barrio. The menu offers a refined, modern take on traditional street food found throughout the islands of Latin America.

Diners chose from a selection of sandwiches, rice boxes and salads with the choice of proteins from chicken, pork or jackfruit. Traditional staples like black beans, tostones and aqua fresca are also available