Escaping the brutal winters of New England is routine to many. Retiring to Florida isn't novel either. Coming out of retirement in Florida to open a new restaurant, well, that's a little more unconventional.
Tim and Gail Lyons are doing just that as they prepare to open their new restaurant in downtown Mount Dora after retiring to Davenport eight years ago from New Hampshire.
The couple plans to open a new cafe, Let's Do Lunch, in September with a fresh, affordable menu in the space formerly occupied by Sterling Treasures. The house specialty is their traditional New England lobster roll including a side for $9.95. The sandwich boasts a quarter pound of fresh lobster with no fillers, said Lyons.
"I did my homework for thirty years," Tim Lyons said of his preparedness for opening the quaint, lunch cafe on Donnelly Street that will feature a garden decor. The Lyons had a successful lunch restaurant in North Conway, New Hampshire for twenty-five years and the new venture will be modeled after that proven success.
Daily menu selections will include a choice of six traditional sandwiches like BLTs, turkey, ham and egg salad, as well as three daily soup offerings. The daily special is a cup of soup, half sandwich and a choice of side salad for $6.95. Whole sandwiches with a choice of side are $5.95. Many beverages including coffee are $1.35.
"We would come to Mount Dora for day trips because it looked so much like New England", said Lyons of the couple's visits to the area after their move to Florida.
Let's Do Lunch is planning to be open from 10:30 am-3:30 pm beginning in mid September at 426 N. Donnelly Street next to Gold In Art. Stay tuned to Mount Dora Buzz for an opening date.
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Above: Owner, Tim Lyons, preparing the Donnelly space.