From the illuminated oversized ‘BROOKLYN’ sign adorning the ceiling at the downstairs bar to the eye-catching lime green exterior walls and a vibrant mural by a local artist Shaun Thurston to the glow of string lights hanging above the rooftop bar, Burrito Gallery at Brooklyn Station on Riverside exemplifies placemaking. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner or late night, Burrito Gallery has everyone covered.
John Valentino, owner and CEO of Legacy Restaurant Group (which owns several other successful area restaurant concepts and a handful of Mellow Mushroom franchises), was eager to get involved.
“Brooklyn is a unique project we were very excited to be a part of,” said Valentino. “From the local mural adorning the side of our building, to the rooftop dining option and the view of downtown Jacksonville, the area is a reminder to our patrons that we have a city we should all be proud of.”
The mural — an abstract depiction of a larger-than-life crocodilesque creature painted in bright purple, lime green, magenta and sky blue — was executed by recognized area muralist Shaun Thurston. His Instagram-worthy artwork is as diverse as Burrito Gallery's visitors.
“What’s cool about Brooklyn is the variety of our guests,” Valentino said. “They range from office workers, police officers, fire rescue, local politicians, moms with kids after school to judges dining on the rooftop admiring the prominent view of the nearby courthouse.”
The menu touts diversity as well, a la ‘Jax Mex,’ a term painted on the wall of the upstairs patio. After partaking in queso, salsa and guacamole you'll discover an assortment of tacos, Mexican-style torta sandwiches, enchiladas, burritos, salads, quesadillas and a full bar menu with beer, wine, liquor and signature margaritas. Order at a counter then seat yourself inside, outside or upstairs.
Wondering how the concept came about?
“It was our goal to provide our version of one of people’s favorite food, tacos, in a unique setting,” Valentino explains.