I have been a longtime Beaches resident, and spent a lot of time at the Sun Dog Diner in Neptune Beach, my local version of "Cheers", if you will.
I have so many friends I've met at the Sun Dog, and it was great to stop in for lunch or a beverage to see who was there.
In any case, time moves on, and now the Sun Dog has closed, and a new restaurant will be opening; I'm not sure if it will fulfill the same social outlet, but I'm willing to give it a shot.
The Flying Iguana will open this September, and if you are in the area, you should give it a try: the owner is the same owner as Al's Pizza, and he knows how to run a restaurant!
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