What was once sleepy pastures and oak hammocks northeast of Mount Dora is now sprinkled with desirable subdivisions and golf courses. Until recently, the rural setting required residents to drive into neighboring towns for basic shopping and dining options.
That’s all changed. Sorrento Hills Village, a new shopping center with over 61,000 square feet, continues to sign tenants eager to serve the rapidly growing section of east Lake County. The shopping center, located at 24450 State Road 44, is anchored by a Publix that opened in 2015. The grocery store is now flanked on both sides with a variety of new tenants and dining venues.
Momiji, a relatively high-end Japanese and sushi restaurant, opened last fall on the shopping center’s west end. Now a loyal stream of regulars and newbies make the short trek from Mount Dora, Eustis and beyond to enjoy the restaurant’s fresh dishes and impeccable presentation.
Last month, New York Cafe opened on the opposite end of the shopping center. The small breakfast and lunch eatery serves omelettes, breakfast sandwiches and pancakes and boasts bagels flown in from New York. The lunch menu offers hot and cold sandwiches, salads, wraps and pasta dishes.
Convenient take-out options are also available at Sorrento Hills Village. China Chef opened last May and offers traditional Chinese lunches and dinners to go, as well as catering. It has a large variety of $5.99 specials for the lunch crowd.
A neighborhood sweet spot also opened in the center last month. Coney’s Italian Ice and Creamery delights families with a variety of flavors of Italian ice, plus soft-serve ice cream, sundaes and gelato.
Additional tenants include Lee Spa Nails, Great Clips and a pet clinic. Area residents will have more new conveniences once the 6,000-10,000 square feet of outparcel space becomes leased.
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