A prime location in downtown Eustis is once again a bustling eatery. The new Brick and Barrel Kitchen opened in the former space of Tillie’s Tavern and dishes out traditional American fare in a casual, contemporary setting. The Magnolia Street restaurant is the company’s second location -- the first is in downtown Leesburg.
The limited menu features three hand-cut steaks including a 14-ounce delmonico ($36), f6-ounce filet mignon ($34) and ten-ounce New York strip ($32). Fish lovers can opt for the honey bourbon salmon ($22), grilled red snapper ($28) or blackened mahi ($22). The other entrees are the chicken and shrimp alfredo ($19), mushroom chicken ($18) and 8-ounce pork chops ($25).
The rest of the menu features American standards, including various burgers ($12-$14), traditional sandwiches ($12-$16) and a few flatbreads and entree salads -- Caesar, wedge or gorgonzola ($8-$14).
The menu also offers options for vegans including a plant-based burger ($15) and stuffed mushroom appetizer ($11).
The spacious bar features a handful of beers on tap, as well as wine, bottled beer and craft cocktails. Guests can enjoy happy hour daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with $3 well drinks, house wines, and domestic draft beers. Fridays and Saturdays feature live music from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Brick and Barrel Kitchen is located at 31 E. Magnolia Avenue in downtown Eustis.
ABOVE: Owner Crissy Stile in front of Barrel of Books & Games future location.
Mount Dora’s kids and adults are going to get more of a good thing this fall. That’s when downtown’s popular retailer, Barrel of Books & Games, is expected to open in its much larger location. The independent bookstore, currently located on 4th Avenue, will move across the street to 403 N. Donnelly Street. The prime corner space had been kept vacant since The Drawer, a women’s boutique, closed its doors in 2014.
This will be the third location in downtown Mount Dora for Barrel of Books & Games after outgrowing its two previous retail spaces. It originally opened on 5th Avenue in 2011 and two years later expanded into its current spaces on 4th Avenue.
The retailer currently has 1,210 square feet of new and used books, as well as games and collectibles. The move into the historic building is anticipated for October 1 and will more than triple the store’s square footage.
The larger space, with its large sheet-glass storefront, will enable the store to expand the children’s book section and bring in more back-issue comic books. There will also be more games, puzzles, collectibles, toys and a huge selection of retired Funko Pops, according to Crissy Stile, the store’s owner.
If her name sounds familiar, that’s because Stile is also the Mayor of Mount Dora. Her store often functions as a de facto office for residents who pop in to ask questions or bring up issues in their neighborhoods.
Stiles’ book business was incubated as an online retailer specializing in used book series in 2006, after Stile amassed a vast collection of books. Eventually, her regular customers requested new releases in the series, so the business began selling new books. “That snowballed into bobble heads and collectibles,and Barrel of Books & Games was born,” said Stile. “My parents, who live in Apopka, always owned their own businesses, so it's in my blood.”
The current location of the store is 128 W. 4th Avenue, and it’s open seven days a week from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.