Drive-thru coffee, tacos, Thai cuisine, medical cannabis: Four new businesses coming to Crestview
CRESTVIEW — The Hub City has a new coffee spot and soon will have a new Thai restaurant, a new Mexican restaurant and its first medical marijuana dispensary.
The Crazy Rooster Coffee Co. opened its trailer Monday southwest of the busy intersection of PJ Adams Parkway and State Road 85 (Ferdon Boulevard).
The business stands behind and just west of the Tom Thumb gas station and liquor store. Crazy Rooster has its own driveway off PJ Adams and is not connected to the Tom Thumb parking lot.
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Owned by Mark and Katia Lane of Crestview, the business offers drive-thru coffee, espresso, chai latte, hot chocolate, teas, energy drinks, sparkling sodas and other beverages.
“Everybody is very happy to have something on the south side” of Crestview, Katia Lane said. “It’s been great to see the positive feedback.”
“It’s what everyone is talking about,” Mark Lane added. “We’ve been giving a lot of (5%) veteran discounts.”
The business is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Lanes plan to soon add curbside pickup and partner with delivery services.
Downtown at 224 N. Main St., Terry “Doc” Hill and his wife Anna have been hard at work renovating the building that formerly housed Christopher’s Uncorked Bistro for their Hill Monkeys Thai Cuisine restaurant.
Their new eatery will have more than 80 seats, including outdoor seating, and could be ready to open in late December or early January, Doc Hill said.
The building had been vacant since 2013 when Christopher’s Uncorked Bistro closed.
The interior makeover includes the installation of a new kitchen hood, HVAC system, stoves, fryers and other appliances and the addition of a walk-in cooler.
Crestview muralist Laurie Jordan also has created new interior murals, and on Tuesday she was changing an exterior one to represent a Thailand scene.
In reference to the “Hill Monkeys” part of the business’s moniker, Doc Hill joked about his and his wife’s children by saying “There’s a family of monkeys living in my house.”
Doc Hill is a former doctor and an Army and Vietnam War veteran who lived in Thailand for seven years.
“My wife grew up in Si Racha, Thailand, and started cooking when she was old enough to walk,” he said.
He said the couple’s restaurant will feature authentic, cooked-to-order Thai food and homemade sauces and curries.
The Hills owned and operated a few other Thai restaurants over the years, including the House of Thai in Niceville that they sold in August.
“I’ve been after this site for three years,” Doc Hill said of the downtown Crestview property. “I finally got a good price.”
He said Hill Monkeys will have beer and wine and possibly canned mixed drinks on its menu. It also will feature live music.
“They all drive to Destin and Fort Walton for a little entertainment,” Doc Hill said of many Crestview residents. “I want to have entertainment out here” on the patio.
To the northeast, a restaurant called Tacos Way continues to be developed in a building at 252 N. Ferdon Blvd. that formerly housed Uncle Bill’s Family Restaurant.
Uncle Bill’s closed this past spring. The property is between East Oakdale Avenue and the Arirang J Restaurant.
According to information on its Facebook page, Tacos Way will feature authentic Mexican tacos. A playful mural inside the restaurant reads, “If you don’t like tacos, I’m nacho type.”
An estimated opening date and other information on Tacos Way were not available.
South of downtown and a little north of Walmart, the first medical marijuana dispensary in Crestview continues to be developed in the building that formerly housed a Payless ShoeSource store.
It stands at 2573 S. SR 85, between Advance Auto Parts and Taco Bell. The Payless store closed in mid-2019.
The dispensary will be called Surterra Wellness-Crestview, according to Crestview Community Development Services Director Barry Henderson.
Atlanta-based Surterra Wellness has numerous dispensaries throughout Florida, including one in Pensacola, one in Panama City and one on Racetrack Road in Wright near Fort Walton Beach.
Surterra Wellness officials did not have information on when their dispensary in Crestview will open.
Earlier this year, the Crestview City Council began allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to operate everywhere a pharmacy is allowed within the city limits.
In November 2016, 71% of Florida voters approved Amendment 2, which legalized medical marijuana for people with specific debilitating diseases such as cancer, PTSD and AIDS.
The amendment, which expanded legislation that already permitted more-limited medical marijuana, was approved by 71.6% of voters in Okaloosa County.