Efforts to revitalize downtown Palatka continue as an oyster bar and coffee shop is planned to open this spring.
Velchoff’s Corner will be located on the corner of Second Street and St. Johns Avenue, co-owner Stephen Feibelman said, in the brick building on the 100 block of Second Street.
He is no stranger to owning a downtown Palatka business as he was a co-owner of Young Outfitters, which closed on Second Street at the end of December to move online. Feibelman owned the outdoor-geared shop with his wife, Meagan, and the new restaurant, too, will be a family affair.
Feibelman said his parents will be joining the venture and want the restaurant to offer something different to the community. The food will be New Orleans-inspired and a tribute to Feibelman’s great-grandfather, who owned a Mississippi oyster bar.
“We’re going to have a full-service restaurant inside the space, which will include an oyster bar and also a sort of coffee shop,” Feibelman said. “… (Our goal) is to provide a space for people to go throughout the day and also in the evening.”
Charlie Douglas purchased the brick building last year. The building, which stretches from Reid Street to St. Johns Avenue, is currently under renovation. Douglas plans to move his law firm into the building this spring.
Douglas is expected to announce more tenants for the building soon.
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