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New Italian American cafe opening in north Marion

An Italian American cafe named after a Philadelphia sports team will open a new location in north Marion County soon.

Flyers Cafe is gearing up for its grand opening on June 1. The new cafe is located at 18651 N US Hwy 301 in Citra.

Located in Longo Plaza, the space was formerly occupied by Ted’s Restaurant, which closed its doors after over 15 years in business amidst rising operational costs.

Owned and operated by Michele Valadez and Mark Hurst, Flyers Cafe gets its name from the National Hockey League team of the same name, which plays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The cafe will serve “made from scratch,” homestyle dishes using fresh ingredients. Although dozens of dishes have been previewed by the restaurant, a set menu has not yet been released.

Those dishes include pasta dishes like chicken gnocchi and lasagna, as well as breakfast and lunch favorites like buttermilk biscuits, southern fried catfish, cheesesteaks, breakfast sandwiches, and burgers made with “never-frozen” meat.

The restaurant says it will feature in-house smoked barbecue entrees and a variety of protein options prepared in different ways.

Recently, Flyers Cafe announced that it will order hoagie rolls, kaisers, and brioche bread from Liscio’s Bakery, which has been in operation in Philadelphia for 30 years.

Although the cafe was originally planning to open this month, Flyers pushed back the opening to make improvements to the establishment.

When it opens, Flyers Cafe says it will offer a “frequent Flyers” loyalty card, giving visitors a free meal after their ninth visit.

Flyers Cafe will operate Wednesday through Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning June 1. For more information on the restaurant, follow it on Facebook or call 352-595-CAFE (2233).