Following other recent high-profile business openings like Aldi and Tijuana Flats in the city, Starbucks opened its Eustis location this morning to the delight of anxious coffee lovers.
Located at 15439 U.S. Highway 441 at the intersection of David Walker Road, the Seattle chain designed the interior space with a modern industrial aesthetic.
In addition to hot and cold coffee and tea specialty drinks, the Eustis Starbucks also features bakery and cafe items including muffins, sandwiches, salads and more. For customers' convenience, a drive-thru is available for all coffee and menu items.
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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.
Bar at Momijji Sushi and Japanese restaurant
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.
There’s been anxious chatter for weeks about the opening of the new restaurant on Alexander Street downtown.
The Pineapple Place anticipates opening in mid March to serve up gourmet burgers, steak kabobs and ribeye steaks, plus salads, wings, crab cakes and other American favorites. All beef will be grass-fed and cut or ground in-house. The entrees will be garnished with savory pineapple condiments like chutney and salsa.
Pineapple Place owners Michele & 'Hoosh' Hooshmanda (Photo by Mount Dora Buzz)
The owners, Michele & 'Hoosh' Hooshmandan, bring over twenty years of corporate restaurant experience to the new venture. They will be joined in the business by their son and three daughters. The expansive floor plan has over 4500 square feet of interior space, plus another thousand square feet of patio dining, providing plenty of room for private parties. The full bar will offer happy hour from 4-7 p.m. on weekdays with a karaoke night during the week. Not to be forgotten is the pool table which makes it the only tavern downtown to offer the game to customers.
The Pineapple Place is located at 322 N. Alexander St. in downtown Mount Dora. Watch the Mount Dora Buzz Facebook page for an opening date.
The lakefront setting was absolutely stunning, albeit tucked away from the weekend hustle and bustle of downtown Mount Dora.
Now, the city’s Village Market has a much more visible location.
Every Sunday, Sunset Park and the adjacent pedestrian area play host to busy tents offering shoppers everything from fresh produce, baked goods and seafood to plants, crafts and local honey. The central location should minimize vendor attrition and allow the market and downtown stores to share their customers.
Vendors and local businesses experienced strong sales the first day the market opened at its new location. The Olive Branch Mediterranean Bar & Grill, Pisces Rising, and Noni along with other restaurants and stores experienced a significant jump in sales compared to the previous Sunday.
The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and shoppers are encouraged to get there early for the best selection. Downtown Mount Dora cafes like Cody’s on 4th, Magical Meat Boutique and Cecile’s are open early to serve breakfast to shoppers before or after their time at the market.
Sunset Park is located on the corner of 4th Avenue and Alexander Street. Free parking is available on the street or in downtown’s parking lots. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor at Mount Dora Village Market will find the manager, Don Stewart, on site every Sunday.