Patticakes Opens at Bo Diddley Plaza


Downtown Gainesville has a new café. Patticakes opened its second location in the newly built café space on the northeast side of Bo Diddley Plaza. The grand opening is Tuesday, Sept. 20, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m., followed by hourly giveaways and a celebratory toast at 5 p.m.

Bo Diddley Plaza reopened in March after a year-long renovation. The café addition was part of an initiative to activate underutilized space in the plaza, increase the programming, safety and draw visitors into the plaza. Patticakes, owned by Jan Patterson, was selected through a public solicitation process conducted by the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and approved by the CRA Board in December 2015.

Patticakes is known for their cupcakes and coffee, but they also offer other goods such as quiches, bagels and other breakfast items, ice cream, paninis and wraps, smoothies, teas and more.  Patticakes is also a welcome addition to downtown Gainesville. Their convenient location and early morning hours will be a plus to residents, professionals and visitors to downtown.

Patticakes on the Plaza is open weekly Monday-Thursday from 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday hours extend to 10:30 p.m. for concert-goers at the plaza, and from 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. on Saturdays.


The City of Gainesville established the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in 1981 to create a redevelopment framework in which the central city district will evolve into a more dynamic office, service, financial, entertainment, residential and governmental area. The authority to establish the CRA is enabled by Sections 163.330-163.45 Florida Statutes. Redevelopment is undertaken in four distinct redevelopment districts: Downtown, Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street, College Park/University Heights and the Eastside Redevelopment Areas. Redevelopment projects are coordinated in these districts by the CRA and implemented by a team of partners that includes other city departments and private citizens.