Just off the beaten path stood a secret loved by locals for over a decade. An unassuming walk-up style eatery in the Grandview Business District enticed residents from all over town by dishing up its soulful fare.
Ivory's was a small family-owned restaurant that cooked up family recipes made from scratch, according to owner Maria Thomas. Seating was limited to a couple of outdoor tables, so much of the business was take-out.
The casual and value-driven menu included a wide range of full breakfasts, plus lunches and dinners featuring fresh burgers, sandwiches and wings among other standards. The restaurant, named for Thomas' grandfather, was also known for its soul food specialties like fried catfish, rice and beans, and collard greens.
Now the building is empty, located at 1325 Grandview Street, and residents are left hoping for another business to fill the space and the big shoes that Ivory’s has left.
Thomas built the business from the ground up eleven years ago in Mount Dora's historic East Town area, which is located a few blocks east of Donnelly Street. The concept came from her mother's and aunt's successful restaurant in Fort Lauderdale that shares the same name and recipes.
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