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  • Spotlight Jazz with Ben Grier

    Wednesday, December 7th
     with the Nick DeCarlis Quartet

    Lake City’s own Ben Grier has made quite a mark for himself in the Gainesville area, appearing in almost too many bands to mention, but include Nick and the Swingtastics!, The R. Mutt Blues Band, Moondancer, Hard Luck Society, and of course the University of Florida Jazz Band. Proficient on tenor, alto, soprano and baritone saxophone, as well as clarinet, Ben represented UF in the 2015 SEC All-Star Big Band, and was recently named to the 2016 SEC All-Star Jazz Combo. A two-time recipient of the Gary Langford Jazz Scholarship, and three-time recipient of the Kenneth Webster Saxophone Scholarship, Ben will be graduating from the University of Florida this month. This is our opportunity to congratulate a truly fine young musician, one of the best to ever come out of this area.

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    Reservations are highly recommended, especially for the first set. Call 352.378.7152 today!

  • Spotlight Jazz Featuring Bill Prince

    Wed, November 16


    Bill Prince is well-known for his unique ability to perform professionally on multiple instruments, including trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano and electric bass. For example, although he played trumpet with the Buddy Rich Orchestra, he was first offered a chair in the saxophone section. Bill is a professor emeritus at the University of North Florida and has performed with numerous bands and orchestras including Buddy Rich, Billy Maxted, Pee Wee Hunt, the NORAD Band, the Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Jacksonville Symphonies and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with a number of well-known big bands including Xavier  Cugat, Ray Anthony, Tex Beneke, Les and Larry Elgart, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and  Louis Bellson. He has appeared on TV shows in the United States, Canada, and Japan, and has has performed on over 50 albums including his The Best Kept Secret in Jazz. In more  recent years Bill has developed a cabaret show that he performs on cruise ships around the  world. Visit for more information. 

    Reservations are highly recommended, especially for the first set. Call 352.378.7152 today!

  • Thanksgiving at Francesca's

    Join us Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th, 2016 and enjoy a traditional Holiday feast served with Amore! Sit back, relax and enjoy time with your family and friends and leave the cooking to us.

    Buffet Seating Available from 11am-5pm


    Roasted Butternut Squash and Potato Leek Soups
    Holiday House and Caesar Salads
    Carved Roast Turkey with Dressing
    Glazed Ham
    Eggplant Rollatini
    Sweet Cream Mashed Potatoes
    Sweet Potato Soufflé
    Stuffed Shells
    Baked Three Cheese Macaroni
    Seasonal Vegetables

    Chef’s Holiday Dessert Display

    Coffee and Soft Beverage included

    $32.95 per person plus 6% sales tax and 18% gratuity.
    Children 10 and younger $15.95 plus tax and gratuity. Dine in Only, No Carryout, Please.

    Need Leftovers for Later? Order a Snack Pack To Go. Enough for 2 to enjoy later... Includes Turkey (white and dark), Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Carrot Cake for $20.00. Ask your server for details. 

    *RSVP recommended. 352.378.7152 Our regular menu will be unavailable on this day.

    Don't want to go out, but don't want to cook either? We've got you covered!

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