It’s one of downtown Mount Dora’s most popular restaurants.
After opening the Olive Branch Mediterranean Bar and Grill in 2015, Jerry and Karen Vejseli quickly built a large loyal following. Diners enjoyed the friendly owners and staff and returned repeatedly for their fresh Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as the live music on the outdoor deck.
Simultaneously, Karen also had a successful career in finance with a Manhattan firm and was often commuting back and forth. A recent promotion required that she be in New York full time, so the Vejselis decided to put the restaurant on the market and move to Long Island.
Olive Branch’s new owner is Jeff Riesland, whose family has a long history in the restaurant business. A Wyoming native, Riesland began busing tables when he was five years old.
Riesland plans to maintain the same hours and menu, plus add a mushroom ravioli that is a personal favorite of his. He also plans to introduce daily specials. Riesland is also keeping the same live music and staff, so Olive Branch’s regular customers will be greeted by the same friendly faces they are accustomed to. Riesland, who will maintain his decades-long career as a business and real estate broker, has decided to relocate to Mount Dora from Orlando to be closer to the restaurant.
Jerry agreed to stay on with the restaurant for a few weeks to ensure a smooth transition. Olive Branch is located at 115 W. 3rd Avenue in downtown Mount Dora.
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