“Say it isn’t so!” That’s what a lot of fans of the national fast-food franchise, Chik-fil-A, will be saying when they pull into the Mount Dora drive-through on September 20 and discover the location is temporarily closed.
The popular restaurant, located on US. Highway 441 and headquartered in Atlanta, will undergo extensive renovations and remodeling and anticipates re-opening sometime in November. Among the improvements are a second drive-through lane which will help serve customers faster and help alleviate the frequent traffic tie-ups.
Mount Dora’s Chik-fil-A will also get 400 square feet added to its kitchen and a facelift to the interior that includes new seating and furnishings.
Until the renovations are complete, fans will have to get their fix at the closest Chik-fil-A located at 3050 E Semoran Boulevard in Apopka.
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ABOVE: Wolf Branch Brewing's downtown Eustis location (Photo By Mount Dora Buzz)
Beer lovers have good reason to celebrate with Wolf Branch Brewing selecting a second brewery and taproom location.
The local craft brewery will be expanding operations into downtown Mount Dora as the anchor tenant in the brand-new Mount Dora Marketplace on the corner of 4th Avenue and Donnelly Street. The brewery will increase its capacity with a three-barrel brewing system, aimed at increasing liquid volume to meet the marketplace demand.
The brewery, a family-owned and operated business, made the focused decision to expand its presence within Lake County. “We’ve been so thankful for the support we’ve received to date and are excited to open our second location in the heart of downtown Mount Dora” said Jose Villafana, Owner and Master Brewer. As one of the highest rated breweries in Central Florida with an existing location in downtown Eustis, the new taproom will continue to serve its “old world meets new world” beer portfolio, complete with affordable house-made brews, craft beer, and sangria.
ABOVE: Wolf Branch Brewing will occupy the downstairs bar in the marketplace building on 4th and Donnelly St. (Photo by Mount Dora Buzz)
Over its 2-year history, Wolf Branch Brewing has built a diversified portfolio of beer styles within Lake County, delivering memorable experiences for its patrons.
ABOVE: New front door being added to 334 N. Donnelly Building. (Photo by Mount Dora Buzz)
Steady progress is being made on what may become downtown Mount Dora’s newest attraction. Mount Dora Marketplace, a community market with diverse vendors, will be the result of a transformational build-out of two adjacent buildings on Donnelly Street. The combined space is accommodating 37 confirmed businesses, including the anchor tenant, Wolf Branch Brewing, in the downstairs bar space. The target opening of the market is now early October, a few months later than originally planned.
The common areas of the Marketplace are designed with creatively repurposed items, including tin from a centuries-old barn and Edison bulbs, to create a warm, rustic vibe. The interior configuration of the old Lost Parrot building has been completely transformed into a more open space with separate areas for each food vendor. The floorplan of the old Every Nook & Cranny building (334 N. Donnelly Street) has remained very similar to its previous incarnation of small spaces in a maze-like floorplan, but the 4,440 square-foot, one-story building now features a neutral interior palette in the common areas that visually connect it to the two-story building of the marketplace.
The individual businesses are creating their own build-outs, so each will have its own unique appeal, according to Dawn Williams, the project’s leasing agent.
In addition to the interior renovations, Mount Dora Marketplace will also feature significant exterior improvements, which include a new entrance on Donnelly Street. The small alley between the two buildings will be converted into a garden dining area, and new outdoor seating will be added along the Donnelly sidewalk by this Christmas, according to Williams.
The varied businesses include 10 sweet and savory food vendors that range from French crepes and charcuterie platters to Keto and vegetarian options, as well as fresh baked goods and other treats.
ABOVE: 4th Avenue entrance to Mount Dora Marketplace. (Photo by Mount Dora Buzz)
Downtown Mount Dora’s established Olive Branch Mediterranean Grill will be launching two businesses inside the Marketplace. Its new Mediterranean Kitchen will offer build-your-own fresh Greek gyros, salads and bowls. Their second and adjacent space, Coffee Kitchen, will feature various coffee drinks using Trilogy Coffee beans.
The 25 confirmed individual retailers range from handmade jewelry, orchids, plants, boutique wines, handmade primitive folk art and French products to home fragrances, an apothecary vendor and a makeup company. . Mount Dora Marketplace is located at 334 N. Donnelly Street in downtown. Follow Mount Dora Buzz's Facebook page for updates on the Marketplace and scoop on new restaurants and stores in the area. For more news and events in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, this month, click here. Also download the area's free mobile app.
One of the most talked about downtown Mount Dora buildings, the old post office on Donnelly Street, has officially sold.
After a handful of prospective purchasers reached out, the owner, Barchester Corporation, received an unsolicited offer of $900,000. The offer was accepted on June 5 and in late August the transaction was finalized between Barchester and the buyer, Novo Brothers LLC.
Prior to the sale, the property had been touted as a possible solution to downown’s chronic parking woes. Barchester had been exclusively negotiating a perpetual land lease with Mount Dora city officials for 11 months and was awaiting the signed $65,000 annual lease agreement, but instead was advised on May 8 that the City was no longer interested in leasing the property, according to John Seravalli of Barchester Corporation.
The relatively last-minute notification left Barchester only two months to market the land lease before it was scheduled to lose its USPS tenant. That type of real estate endeavor typically requires a year of marketing due to lower demand, according to Seravalli. The new time constraint spurred the company to sell the property, which requires a fraction of the marketing window due to the higher number of interested parties.
The new owners plan to renovate the exterior and interior of the 6,000 square- foot building prior to leasing it to a single tenant or dividing it into two or three spaces, according to Walter (Steven) Novillo, one of the principals of Novo Brothers LLC. The building has approximately 20 parking spaces, which is a rare commodity for downtown Mount Dora.
Novillo and his brother, James, are no strangers to downtown Mount Dora. The brothers are principals of Resorts Nationwide Inc. and Rapid Solutions Team which lease office space at 140 W. Fifth Avenue and specialize in timeshares and telemarketing.
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