It’s been over four years since Jerry and Karen Vejseli moved from New York to open The Olive Branch Mediterranean Bar and Grille in downtown Mount Dora. It has since become a popular destination for residents and visitors alike to enjoy traditional Italian and Mediterranean dishes on the expansive deck or in the large dining room.
Now the Vejselis are hoping to continue their success with the opening of two new ventures, Mediterranean Kitchen and Coffee Kitchen, inside the Mount Dora Marketplace’s Building Two.
Mediterranean Kitchen parlays Jerry’s 25 years of cooking experience in Chicago and New York, along with his roots in Albania, to create a Mediterranean eatery with the proven build-your-own concept. For $10 patrons can create their own rice bowl, salad or pita with chicken or gyro meat, along with choices of fresh toppings and house-made tzatziki, greek dressing and hummus. Vegetarians and vegans can opt for a meatless option for $8. Additional offerings include Greek salad ($5), a stuffed grape leaves platter ($8), baklava ($5), soup ($4) and toasted pita with dip ($4).
Diners can choose from indoor and outdoor seating or take-out. Adjoining the Mediterranean Kitchen is the couple’s other new venture, Coffee Kitchen, which brews Trilogy coffee and uses a precision Slayer espresso machine to provide the perfect shot of espresso every time.
The walk-up coffee counter whips up espressos, cappuccinos, caramel macchiatos, and lattes in various sizes ranging in price from $3.25 to $4.00. Regular brewed coffee and decaf coffee range from $2.50 to $3.50. To accommodate today’s range in preferences, a variety of milk options are available, including whole, non-fat, unsweetened almond milk and coconut milk. Customers can also add flavorings like mocha, caramel, French vanilla and hazelnut to any of the beverages or choose from a variety of teas ranging in price from $2.50 to $4.50.
On warmer Florida days, coffee enthusiasts can indulge in frozen frappes offered from $4.00 to $5.25 or opt for a premium cold brew or Nitro, priced from $3.50 to $4.50. Coffee Kitchen also sells hot chocolate and sugar-free, low-carb, baked donuts by Crave Bakehouse to anyone wanting a treat with their coffee. Mediterranean Kitchen and Coffee Kitchen are located inside 334 N. Donnelly Street in downtown Mount Dora. They are joined in that location by other eatery counters like A Moveable Feast, Fun-ko’s Poke Bowls, Arepa Bistro and Empanado & Co.
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