Yard Milkshake Bar is coming to the downtown neighborhood of St. Johns in Jacksonville

There are decadent milkshakes – and then there are The courtyard milkshake bar milkshakes, such as the Peanut Butter Waffle: Honey-roasted peanut butter ice cream in a mason jar dipped in peanut butter, rolled in crushed Butterfinger and topped with whipped cream, a drizzle of peanut butter , Butterfinger and a waffle.

It’s a bite to say and a bite to eat.

It’s just one of more than 18 specialty shakes served in souvenir jars that will be offered at Yard Milkshake Bar when it opens its first northeast Florida restaurant later this year in The Strand downtown.

With a recently issued building permit, construction is set to begin on the restaurant at 4906 Town Center Parkway in the former Yogurt Mountain spot next to the Grub Burger Bar.

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According to restaurant websiteThe Yard also offers over two dozen flavors of ice cream, some of which are gluten-free and vegan, which can be complemented with dozens of options ranging from tried-and-true nuggets to rainbow whipped cream, cloud of cotton candy. to dad and more. .

Or for something different, choose from several edible cookie dough flavors including Nutella Brownie, M&M Sugar Cookie, Peanut Butter Monster and more.

Founded in 2017 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, the concept has spread to at least 20 locations, helped in part by a 2019 appearance on Shark Tank by founders Logan and Chelsea Green. In Florida, the Yark Milkshake Bar operates restaurants in Panama City, Destin and Tampa.

In Jacksonville, The Yard will join Bon Chon, Grub Burger Bar, Keke’s Breakfast Café, Mission BBQ, Planet Smoothie, Domu, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Chuy’s, Firebird’s Wood Fired Grill, Fogo de Chao and Moe’s Southwest Grill at The Strand.

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But The Yard isn’t the only decadent dessert shop downtown.

Sugar Factory American Brewerythe upscale confectionery and restaurant made popular by celebrities and social media influencers, plans to take over Brio Tuscan Grille’s former location in nearby downtown markets later this year.

Known for its celebrity-endorsed $25 couture pops, Las Vegas-based Sugar Factory offers its own decadent desserts, including $20 milkshakes, $17 sundaes, and its “World Famous Sugar Factory King Kong Sundae.” at $99 including 24 scoops of ice cream topped with dark chocolate, caramel and strawberry sauces, banana, marshmallows and even a glazed donut, red velvet cupcake and more.

Sugar Factory also offers a menu of burgers, soups, salads and sandwiches as well as steaks, seafood and pasta dishes.

The restaurant has nearly 20 locations open in the United States, including four in Florida, Miami, Tampa and Orlando, according to his website.

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