Classic at Buckhorn now open
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Owner Gary Angel shakes David Mashburn’s hand on a successful first week at Classic at Buckhorn. Angel’s wife Brenda looks on. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
Owner Gary Angel shakes David Mashburn’s hand on a successful first week at Classic at Buckhorn. Angel’s wife Brenda looks on. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
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Starting this week, Classic at Buckhorn will be open six days a week. Previously, the new restaurant located in Weaver on the Jacksonville-Alexandria Highway (189 Angel Lake Road) was open for lunch five days a week.

Co-owners Gary Angel and David Mashburn say lunch will be served Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and dinner will begin at 5 Thursday-Saturday.

A full menu will be offered for both meals.

Mashburn said the restaurant’s signature dish is garlic grits with a side of tilapia surrounded by shrimp Creole.

“It’s a very good dish,” said Mashburn. “We’ll be serving it for lunch and dinner. We also have some very good chicken dishes and something else special to us that we call the Buckhorn burger.”

He said several healthy dishes are offered, including a spinach salad with fresh sautéed salmon.

Mashburn said there are also a variety of homemade desserts.

Although the restaurant is only open six days a week now, plans for the future include a Sunday brunch.

The two-story building has 6,000 square feet downstairs and 4,000 upstairs. It is available for weddings, parties and meetings, complete with catering.

The upstairs houses Angel’s construction and real estate offices. Other rooms upstairs have furniture and televisions and are available for rental.

“We’ve already had a lot of things here since we opened,” said Angel. “We had some Christmas and New Year’s events and we’ve had parties since then.”

Angel emphasizes that wedding can be held inside or outside.

“We’d like to have senior citizens or retired folks come in to visit us and maybe sit around and play cards,” said Angel. “We invite anyone who would like to schedule their meetings or other activities here to call us. We can book you upstairs or downstairs.”

Angel and Mashburn said they are pleased with the reception the restaurant has received.

“We haven’t had any slow days,” said Angel.

Angel and Mashburn grew up together in the Angel community.

“I’ve known David forever,” said Angel. “Everyone you mention his name everyone says if David’s involved in it it’s going to be a success. I approached him one day about this, and he was all over it. I had different people come to me about different ideas out here, but I went with David.”

Angel said at first he liked the idea of catering and events more than having a restaurant. Mashburn helped change his mind on that.

“We hope we can keep everybody happy,” said Angel. “David does a good job. This is his expertise.”

Angel said he’s hoping the restaurant will bring more residents to the Buckhorn community, behind the restaurant. He has recently begun construction of patio homes there.

Mashburn said he will rely heavily on chef Paul LaRocca and his talent as far as the meals are concerned.

“Chef Paul has some great training and he has some wonderful assistants working with him,” said Mashburn. “He’ll be running Classic at Buckhorn and Classic on Noble.”

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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