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New Italian eatery coming to Gainesville square
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Chris Richardson, owner of Novella’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, poses for a portrait on Wednesday in Gainesville. Richardson also owns YellowFin and Recess Southern Gastro-Pub, both located in downtown Gainesville. - photo by David Barnes
On the walls and in the dishes, Chris Richardson’s Old World roots will be on display when his newest restaurant, Novella’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, opens Friday on the Gainesville square. Richardson, who also owns nearby restaurants YellowFin Restaurant and Recess Southern Gastro-Pub, was putting final touches Wednesday on the eatery at 115 Washington St. NW, former home of a longtime downtown staple, The Monkey Barrel.