Locals are taking it hard. The Lost Parrot, a landmark restaurant in downtown Mount Dora, closed its doors earlier this week as the property changes hands.
The 4,500 square-foot historic building, formerly a Texaco station and Greyhound bus terminal, sold for $1.75 million. The buyer is 100 E. 4th Avenue LLC, which has the same principals as the building across the street occupied by Las Palmas Cuban Restaurant. The partners have a good track record of marketing and leasing their other Mount Dora properties.
For decades the family-owned building and establishment was known as much for its live music and over-sized rustic shutters as for its American-Caribbean food. Dee Hawking originally opened Eduardo's bar and restaurant and then took a break in 2006 to devote time to the family's tropical aviary. In 2011, Hawking and her three children, Patty, Sandy and Vicky, reopened Eduardo's, but renamed it The Lost Parrot after their escaped pet Macaw.
The popular venue launched the careers of some of the area's best musicians, including Jeff Whitfield and Stephen Currence decades ago.
The turnkey building is immediately available for lease. The family will retain the valuable liquor license for potential future sale.