Popular Ocala café boasting wide-ranging menu goes on the market for $45,000

A popular Ocala pub/coffee bar is on the market.

The Cup O’ The Irish recently went up for sale with an asking price of $45,000. The popular café is located at the plaza in Maricamp Square at 3233 SE Maricamp Rd, Ste 605 and is known for offering a mix of foods and drinks – and a drive-thru window as well.

Cup O' The Irish is located in Maricamp Square
Cup O’ The Irish, located at the plaza in Maricamp Square at 3233 SE Maricamp Rd, Ste 605, is on the market for $45,000.

According to a listing on Transworld Business Advisors, the seller’s discretionary earnings are $22,248, with total sales of $249,860. The eatery, which was established in 2011, comes with $2,000 in inventory and $40,000 worth of furniture, fixtures and equipment.

Cup O’ The Irish is listed by Transworld agent Dawn-Marie Crown, who says in a Facebook post that the restaurant is turn-key and completely refurbished. It has a staff of three and the post says it has the potential to make more profits with the addition of a deck or by branching off into franchising.

Crown also has the listing for the Charlie Horse Restaurant and Lounge at 2426 E Silver Springs Blvd., which is selling for $799,000 and has been on the market for quite some time. The eatery was rumored to have been sold in the past month but as of Monday night, it was still listed as available on Transworld’s website.

Charlie Horse in Ocala
Charlie Horse at 2426 E Silver Springs Blvd. is up for sale for $799,000.

The Charlie Horse comes with a checkered past. It dominated headlines in August when the Florida Department of Health in Marion County announced that an employee may have been infectious with hepatitis A from July 18 to Aug. 1 and a vaccination was recommended for anyone who ate or drank there between July 24 and Aug. 1.

The restaurant also was shut down for a little more than three days in March after a health inspector found 11 violations – and 30 live roaches – in the eatery, according to report on file with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations states. That closure was not related to the food service worker who was discovered to be suffering from hepatitis A.

La Famiglia Pizzeria in Ocala, Florida
La Famiglia Pizzeria announced the restaurant was closing in August.
La Famiglia food truck in Ocala, Florida
The owner of La Familigia transformed a delivery truck into a food truck in December 2018.

Another Ocala restaurant that went on the market recently is La Famiglia Pizzeria, located at 2506 A SE 17th Street. The pizza eatery shut its doors in August after owner Steve Escandon cited health concerns and posted a “turn-key” solicitation for those interested in buying or leasing the property.

Specializing in pizza and Italian food, the restaurant enjoyed a relatively long run in the location dating back to 2015. This past December, Escandon purchased and completed renovation on a food truck for the business. That truck also was put up for sale in August but then was taken off the market, according to Escandon.

Open Haus restaurant, located at 3105 E Silver Springs Blvd., announced via Facebook in August that it had permanently shut its doors after being cited with 15 violations in a health inspection.

At the beginning of August, Open Haus, an Ocala chicken eatery, suddenly shut its doors for good after a health inspection cited 15 violations. The restaurant, located at 3105 E Silver Springs Blvd., was only open for a short time in a location that has seen multiple restaurants come and go over the past few years. Billing itself as “Probably the Best Chicken in Florida!” and touting being named Marion County’s 2019 “King of the Wing,” the eatery initially posted on its website that it was going to close for two days for staff training and vacations. But that post quickly changed and read: “Open Haus is closed permanently. We thank our team and customers for your support.”

Open Haus was open for just under six months in a building that has housed four restaurants in the past couple of years. One of those, Burger 21, survived for a little more than a year before also shutting its doors.