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Ask The Times: Tex-Mex may come someday to former Pasquale’s
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George Shuler wants to turn the former Pasquale's restaurant into a Tex-Mex restaurant, but is not sure when he’ll open it. - photo by Jeff Gill

If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.


What is going into the old Pasquale’s restaurant in Gainesville?


George Shuler, who is from Louisiana, is working to open up a Tex-Mex restaurant in the location at 1011 Riverside Drive, off Oak Tree Drive and across from Longstreet Cafe.

He said he doesn’t know when the eatery will open, but he has worked to clean up the property, including taking down the familiar Pasquale’s sign facing Riverside.

So far, “everything I’ve done here is to beautify this property,” Shuler said.

As far as the menu, he plans on cooking charbroiled pork, beef and chicken.

“We do enchiladas and fajitas, and it’s all about the meat,” Shuler said.

The building has sat vacant since a barbecue restaurant, Rick’s Smokin’ Pig, closed in July 2018. The restaurant had operated there since 2015.

Previously, Boma Pennebaker had owned and operated Pasquale’s pizza and pasta restaurant since 1980.


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