Biz Buzz: Cajun crabs, jewelry store and expanded sushi

The Storming Crab sign recently went up on the former Ruby Tuesday restaurant location at 3500 SW State Road 200. [Carlos Medina/Ocala Gazette]

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Posted June 22, 2021 | Ocala Gazette Staff


The Storming Crab sign recently went up at the former Ruby Tuesday restaurant location at 3500 SW State Road 200. [Carlos Medina/Ocala Gazette]

Storming Crab is preparing to open a location on State Road 200 at the former site of a Ruby Tuesday.

Work is underway at the location at 3500 SW College Rd. just east of Interstate 75. Storming Crab features Cajun seafood boil dinners, including sausage, potatoes and corn. They also offer fried fish, raw oysters and soups, including gumbo.

The Ocala location would be the first in Florida. The chain has 18 locations in nine states, according to their website.

Reeds Jewelers applied for a building permit with Ocala’s Growth Management Department to renovate a location in the Paddock Mall.

The Wilmington, North Carolina-based company plans a $350,000 renovation, according to the permit application.

Reeds will take over space once occupied by J.B. Robinson Jewelers off the mall’s center court.

Grace Japanese Steakhouse is expanding its current location. The restaurant currently occupies about 3,500 square feet in the Parkview Commons shopping center at 3035 SE Maricamp Road.

The restaurant applied for a building permit with the city to expand into a nearly 1,000-square-foot space next door. The location was formerly a pool store.

The proposed $30,000 project would join the two spaces with a doorway. Nine new tables will go into the space, according to the permit.

The Sleep Inn & Suites off Interstate 75 near Belleview recently sold for $5.4 million.

The 74-room hotel, located at 13600 SW 17th Court was built in 2005. The property was developed by North Florida Properties LLC, based in Tallahassee.

The property sold on June 15 to Mario Hotels LLC of Wellington, according to real estate records.

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