Get set for the opening of the District Gastro Bar in downtown Orlando January 2019. Located at 534 W. Church Street, it will be Orlando’s first official American speakeasy; a bar and restaurant showcasing food, beverages, art and entertainment.

The newly constructed establishment is located in close proximity to where the South Street Casino stood during the mid-twentieth century. The well-known Casino hosted African American musicians and entertainers including Erskine Hawkins, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, and B.B. King who after performing would stay overnight at the Wells’ Built Hotel next door. The District Gastro Bar will incorporate an esthetic décor and music reminiscent of the Casino’s heyday and will surely be a popular gathering place for people of all cultures. The menu, curated by Andre Walton an Head Chef Eugene Aristil will include a variety of items from crab cake sliders, specialty tacos, and lobster bisque to shrimp po’ boy, roasted beet salad, panko crusted halibut, and baby back rib board. They’ll also carry a superior selection of whiskeys, bourbons, and vintage cocktails.

The District Gastro Bar is co-owned and operated by Casey Preston of the District Hospitality Group and Robert Kelly and Timothy Green of GreenTree Development. Preston indicated, “This new establishment is only part of a bigger plan. He added, “We are preparing to launch the first of what we hope will be many concepts that invest in our community’s growth, and shares, protects, and showcases the rich history of those that blazed the trail for us.” Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am until 2:00 am, and Sunday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. The 200-seat venue, featuring live music by the area’s top musicians, delicious cuisines, and decorative art, will quickly become one of the ‘hottest spots’ in town sparking a well-timed Orlando renaissance. For more information, visit www.TheDistrictGastrobar.com.

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Sharon Fletcher Jones is a true Libra, an action-ist, and a budget fashionista. The Portsmouth, Virginia native is also an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries, a life coach and an associate editor at ONYX Magazine. Stacey’s mom (literally) has got it going on. Fletcher Jones’ personal mantra is “It’s the dash that counts.”

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