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La Cocina Bistro & Catering to open at original Culinary Outfitters

For the second time in a week, the name Culinary Outfitters is in the news. 

This time, it’s because another culinary venture — La Cocina Bistro & Catering — is taking over the restaurant’s former space on South Dixie Highway.

The concept is the collaboration of chefs/owners Norberto Jaramillo of La Cocina International and John Holguin of DeLeon Cocina, both located in St. Augustine.

Culinary Outfitters had done a swift business at the South Dixie Highway site for more than 20 years, developing a reputation — and a large following — for its upscale comfort food. Outgrowing the space, owners invested in an expansive waterfront restaurant under the Culinary name.

Since opening in March 2020, the new concept took off, so many locals were surprised to hear owners abruptly closed the operation Sept. 19. Otter’s on the Water has announced it will take over with new management sometime later this month or in November.