For the last several months, Dora Parc, the 38-lot subdivision on Mount Dora's southern border, has been up for sale.
Best known for the oversized plastic penguins at its entrance, the hillside development on Clayton Street broke ground in 2015. After purchasing the land for $1.6 million in 2014, the property’s owner is reportedly asking $3.5 million.
After two years, the gated 22-acre subdivision features a wall, two unsold model homes, 36 unsold vacant lots, a paved street, a walking path and street lights. The community had planned for boat houses with access to Lake Dora via a narrow canal. According to the development's marketing information, the slips have been approved by St. John’s Water Management.
In July of 2015, five home models were advertised ranging from 2,574 to 3,365 square feet and priced from $429,000 to $526,000.Later the development advertised homes with boathouses from the low $500,000s. No sales were recorded. Custom estate homes on 1-acre lots in nearby subdivisions have been selling for less cost per square foot. Recently, Dora Parc's tall overgrown grass was mowed and the colorful penguins were removed.
No one could have known the person to step up to fill the 4,500 square-foot space would be a former employee of the previous owners. In 2000, Jorge Bracamonte, owner of downtown's Mr. Cerbiche Peruvian restaurant, was a cook at Eduardo's Station, alongside his son who worked as a dishwasher.
Now the freshly painted historic location will be home to Bracamonte's new eatery: Pisco Sour Restaurant, Bar & Grill. The new eatery takes its name from the traditional South American cocktail made of pisco, a Peruvian liquor, fresh lime juice, syrup, ice, egg white and bitters.
The doors will open to the public on September 9.
In addition to the Peruvian menu offered at Mr. Cerbiche, the eatery will also serve burgers, steaks, sandwiches, salads, wraps, chicken wings and other fare. Bracamonte also plans to serve healthy breakfasts starting at 7 a.m. and offer live music and karaoke in the evenings. The upstairs bar will be open until 2 a.m.
Prior to its many years as the The Lost Parrot, Frosty Mug and Eduardo’s, the building was a gas station and a bus station.
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Vintage train lovers are rejoicing. Negotiations are complete on the Tavares Station lease and the track use agreement with Florida Central Railroad. This clears the way for the new tourist trains to return to Lake County later this year.
Orlando & Northwestern Railway (O&NW) will market the excursion trains under the Royal Palm Railway Experience brand aimed at recreating an authentic travel experience reminiscent of the famous streamlined passenger trains that once served Florida.
Initial offerings will include daytime entertainment experiences between Tavares and Mount Dora. Evening dinner trains and morning brunch trains are expected to begin in January.
O&NW is currently completing the final arrangements with Rail Events, Inc. to host The Polar Express train ride for the 2017 holiday season. Other seasonal and special offerings, as well as schedules and pricing will be announced in the coming weeks on the company's website.
“This will be the finest tourist train experience ever offered in Florida,” said O&NW spokesman, Neil Bagaus. “Our fleet of air-conditioned equipment will allow our passengers to experience the very best of classic mid-century modern style, as they enjoy our daytime local service, evening dinner trains, and seasonal specials.”