BY: PATRICIA SICKLES
People are amazed at how such a small town can support so many restaurants but they forget that, as the county seat, the population almost triples on weekdays, because so many are employed by the courthouse, sheriff’s office, county jail, county administration, supervisor of elections and school board.
Subsequently, at breakfast time and lunch time on weekdays, the demand is high for a variety of good eateries. In addition to the normal fast food franchises we have Sweet Sensations, Spring Park Coffee, Sunrise, Charlies, Ronnies, Farmer In the Deli, Mush, Woodys, La Casita, D’Fontana and Asia. All are locally owned and each offers a uniquely different, yet delicious, approach to dining.
For something a little more upscale I would like to suggest the Cafe Alcazar in St. Augustine. Imagine lunch with live acoustic guitar music served on white table cloths in the deep end of a swimming pool.
Yes, you read that correctly. The restaurant is located in what was the largest indoor pool in the world at the time Henry Flagler built his Alcazar Hotel. It is now the Lighner Museum of St. Augustine right across from Flagler College.
The pool is dry these days and offers a unique restaurant venue.
Once, when I was there having lunch at the Cafe Alcazar, Richard Kuncicky was the guitarist and I purchased one of his CD’s.
Recently, we produced a video for the River Park Inn website we needed background music so I contacted a friend who was recognized on the the CD label to see if she could get Richard’s permission to use one of his arrangements.
He graciously agreed so I wanted to offer you a chance to see the video and hear his flawless music.
Thank you Richard, ever so much! Meanwhile, come to Green Cove Springs and try our local lunch fare or take the 30 minute ride to St Augustine and dine at the Cafe Alcazar where you might hear Richard play his acoustic guitar.