11Aug/09

RC – Red Elephant Pizza and Grill

RC-Red Elephant Pizza and Grill About Red Elephant Pizza & Grill

Red Elephant remembers that before today’s world of social networks and Blackberries, eating together was the original interactive experience. Red Elephant offers guests the perfect place and the perfect food to share. We welcome families sharing good times together, couples sharing “date night,” and teammates sharing victory (or defeat) over a great meal. Red Elephant is a place for friends to gather, for colleagues to connect, and for community groups to join with one another and enjoy everyday life in the neighborhood. It’s a let-your-hair-down, laugh-out-loud (even if you laugh too loud), be-together-with-friends-and-family spot. Warm and friendly service… quality, hand-prepared food… an upbeat atmosphere that’s polished without being uptight – all at an affordable price. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 8 or 80, Red Elephant is a place for everyone.

Atmosphere

A place named after a favorite childhood stuffed animal had better be fun. The atmosphere at Red Elephant is like a community block party for families and friends at dinner. At lunch, it’s also a great place for community gatherings. Everyone from local business people to neighborhood groups (like book clubs) will find a wonderful place to meet – and eat – at Red Elephant.

The open design means all of our guests can see and be seen. They can get a view of the fresh, tasty food being prepared in our open kitchen.

Kids love Red Elephant for the game room and because our servers talk with our youngest guests, not down to them. Parents love the warm and welcoming environment. (Moms especially love how clean everything is.) Guests without kids notice the polished atmosphere and full bar. And everyone loves the whimsically delightful artwork on the walls.

Located: 5216 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813-2516

11Aug/09

RC – Alexan at Lakeside Village

RC - Alexan at Lakeside Village The Alexan at Lakeside Village is a brand new 312 unit luxury apartment community located adjacent to the Lakeside Village Shopping Center. The community was developed by Trammell Crow Residential which is America’s premier multi-family real estate firm. Trammell Crow Residential entities develop, construct and acquire multi-family rental and condominium communities of the highest standards. The Alexan at Lakeside Village is managed by Riverstone Residential. With Riverstone Residential’s management, they have only one thing in mind: you. Riverstone’s philosophy is not only to meet your expectations, but to exceed them.

The community’s first residents accepted occupancy April 2009. The Alexan at Lakeside Village features spacious one, two, and three bedroom apartment homes complete with modern conveniences and luxuries you won’t find elsewhere. Each apartment home offers you, your own full-size washer and dryer, spacious walk-in closets with shelving, and a gourmet kitchen. Plus, every home includes stylish additions like faux wood flooring, Berber-style carpeting, faux granite countertops, and nine-foot ceilings.

The Alexan at Lakeside Village employs a professional administration team of five full-time associates and four full- time exceptional maintenance professionals. Maintenance service provided is accessible 24 hours a day which includes a 24-hour maintenance guarantee and a thirty day move-in guarantee. Visit this exciting new community located at 1555 Village Center Drive Lakeland, Florida 33803 or on the web at www.alexanlakesidevillage.com or call today. Welcome home to The Alexan…we have been waiting for you.

10Aug/09

RC – Tijuana Flats

RC - Tijuana Flats Established in 1995 in Winter Park, Fla., Tijuana Flats is a unique, fast-casual Tex-Mex dining experience featuring superior guest service and fresh, made-to-order food. Tijuana Flats has over 65 locations in Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The restaurants are typically found in high-traffic areas and average 2,200 square feet.

Since the restaurant first opened its doors in 1995, Tijuana Flats has used zero trans-fatty acid (TFA) cooking oils, 100 percent hormone free, white meat chicken, fresh produce and all of its menu items have been lard free. Customers can choose from flour or whole-wheat tortillas for any of their tacos, burritos, quesadillas, chimichangas and flautas. This restaurant also has a popular “Power Lite” selection, which allows customers to choose low-fat cheese and fat-free sour cream in any menu item. There is no charge for selecting a whole-wheat tortilla or Power- Lite.

Known worldwide for their own brand of hot sauces, Tijuana Flats Hot Foods Inc., a separate company, provides the restaurantsʼ specialty products, hot sauces and condiments, including one of the hottest sauces in the world, Smack My Ass and Call Me Sally…“Going Postal.” For more information about Tijuana Flats, including menus and locations, visit www.tijuanaflats.com.

Quote from owner- “In 2005, I purchased the Tijuana Flats Burrito Company franchise rights and the first place I wanted to put a new store  in Lakeland.  We knew Lakeland was a great place to live and it was perfect for TIJUANA FLATS, it just took us a little while longer than expected to find the “right location”.  We are happy to have this great location at the Publix Shopping Center at Lake Miriam.”

10Aug/09

RC – Hooters North

RC- Hooters

Let the world famous Hooters Girls show you why Hooters has grown to International proportions. Now serving Cocktails, Hooters celebrates 25 years of serving up delicious wings, burgers, salads, seafood and more. Come by, hang with the Hooters Girls, have a cold one and enjoy the view.

Located: 3400 US Highway 98N, Lakeland, FL 33809-3803

10Aug/09

Natalie’s Sports Bar & Grill and Commissioner Justin Troller Team Up to Give Back

Local City Commissioner Justin Troller and restaurant entrepreneurs Kenny Baldwin and Natalie Oldenkamp of Natalie&Justin-SideNatalie’s Sports Bar & Grill have joined forces to raise money for school supplies benefitting the students of 10 area elementary and middle schools. The idea surfaced when Kenny’s daughter was assigned a school project that ultimately cost the family over $100. Kenny was shocked and couldn’t imagine that every family in his daughter’s school would be capable of affording such an expense. He expressed these concerns to Commissioner Troller one night at the restaurant, and the idea took off. Natalie’s would hire him as a server, and Justin would donate his wages and tips to the cause. The group is in the process of forming a 501(c)3 and looking for matching donations from local businesses. Commissioner Troller’s goal is to raise $1,500 by the 24th of August.

Giving back is nothing new to Commissioner Troller. He promised during Natalies Signhis campaign that he would donate his commission earnings to charity- and he has kept his promise, donating $12,000 to various Lakeland charities in 2008!

You can help Justin reach his goal and support a fellow Chamber business at the same time! Drop by Natalie’s every Monday and Thursday from 4:30 to closing, and request Justin as your server. Don’t worry if you don’t get Justin you can still enjoy a great dinner and support the cause by handing him $10 on the way out!

Natalie’s is located at 3120 South Florida Avenue. For more information on how you can help, call Kenny  Baldwin at 863-644-6000.