I first read about this as a result of my new membership in the Barefoot Gardeners group, but I've since confirmed it: Grass Root Organic Restaurant is opening a Lakeland location in August.
Grass Root is a vegan/raw food restaurant that started in Tampa.
Check out their Web site for more information, which I'm sure will be coming in the next couple of weeks: http://www.thegrassrootlife.com/.
Update: – I just learned that Grass Root will be in the old Petals florist building at the corner of Belmar and S. Florida Ave.
I'm sure the Dixieland neighborhood is happy at the prospect of having another restaurant, especially a trendy one like this! I think it will be a good fit.
Update to THAT update: Petals isn't going anywhere. The restaurant is going in BESIDE the Petals Florist building.