After 17 years, owner Mark Sulzinski closed the doors on Southwest Second Street on June 28th. His new restaurant, Creolina’s Dixie Take Out, will be located at 13150 W. State Rd. 84 in the Randal Plaza. There’s a Dunkin’ Donuts and a McDonald's in the same plaza.
“The owner of the building on Second owns the bar next door and he wanted my space to expand,” explains Sulzinski. “So he didn’t renew my lease.”
Creolina’s was on Second since 1996. It first opened in 1991 on Seventh Avenue between Sistrunk and Sunrise.
The house specialties—étouffée, jambalaya, beans and rice—will remain. But prices will be lower. Jambalaya was $8.95 a lunch and $12.95 at dinner. It will be $6.95 all day at the new Creolina’s.
The chef will also add classic Southern dishes, many of which he’s offered as specials. Look for country fried steak, chicken and dumplings, pulled pork and country-style ribs. Sides will includes corn bread, greens, black-eyed peas as well macaroni and cheese.
Fans of Creolina's can rest easy. Waitress Rosemary “Rosie” O’Neal, who has been at restaurant since it opened, will make the move to Davie.
“She’s having a nice vacation,” says Sulzinski. “ This is the longest we haven’t worked in 17 years. We’ve never taken more than a week at a time.”
Sulzinski doesn’t yet have phone service at the new location, but says the old number — 954-524-2003—will soon transfer callers.
If September can't come soon enough, Sulzinski teaches a class at Chef Jean-Pierre's Cooking School in Fort Lauderdale on August 25.