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Kings Jamaican Jerk and BBQ Center temporarily closed after health inspection failure

Kings Jamaican Jerk and BBQ Center in Ocala was temporarily closed last week after an inspector cited 14 health code violations, including the presence of rodent and roach activity.

Denny’s purchases Keke’s Breakfast Cafe in $82.5 million deal

On Tuesday, Denny's announced the purchase of Orlando-based Keke's Breakfast Cafe in a $82.5 million deal. Keke's has 50-plus locations, including one at Shady Oaks Shopping Center in Ocala (2427 SW 27th Avenue), and each location will continue to operate independently from Denny's.

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice preparing to open second location in Ocala

On April 26, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice will celebrate the grand opening of its newest West Ocala location at 9121 SW State Road 200, Suite 4.

Wok ‘N Roll in Ocala temporarily closed after health inspection failure

Wok ‘N Roll in Ocala was temporarily closed last week after a health inspector found five high priority health code violations, including the presence of over 200 rodent droppings and gnaw marks on bags of breadcrumbs and flour.

City of Ocala soliciting quotes for private entity to operate café inside Mary Sue Rich Community Center

The City of Ocala is soliciting quotes for a private entity to operate a 185 square-foot café inside the two-story Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place.

Off the Hook Seafood Market in Ocala temporarily closed for 13 violations during failed inspection

Off the Hook Seafood Market was temporarily closed last week after an inspector cited 13 health code violations, including the presence of approximately 35 live roaches in the kitchen.

Mellow Mushroom construction progressing in downtown Ocala

The new Mellow Mushroom in downtown Ocala is taking shape as crews expect to wrap up construction by the fourth quarter of 2022. Mellow Mushroom currently operates multiple restaurants in nearby cities including Sanford, Winter Park, Mount Dora, and Orlando.

Roma Italian Restaurant employee charged with fraud after pocketing cash, cancelling transactions

A female employee at Roma Italian Restaurant is facing a felony charge for fraud after she pocketed cash and cancelled multiple transactions.

Friday Foodie Fest bringing numerous food trucks to Lake Lillian Park

A variety of food trucks are heading to Lake Lillian Park this week for Friday Foodie Fest.  

Young professionals social networking event coming to downtown Ocala this week

A social networking event for local young professionals (ages 21 to 45) is being held at The Keep Downtown in Ocala this week.

Food Truck Fridays coming to Forest Community Center

Local food trucks will be heading to Forest Community Center in Ocklawaha for a 'Food Truck Friday' event next month.

Grease fire extinguished at Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar

A small grease fire ignited in the back of Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar on Wednesday morning, and the sprinkler system kept the flames from spreading.

MCSO deputies asking for public’s help identifying pressure washer thief

MCSO deputies are turning to the public to help identify a man who stole a pressure washer from El Mezcal Mexican Restaurant (8449 SW State Road 200 in Ocala) on Thanksgiving day.

Graffiti Seafood reopens shuttered Mediterranean restaurant in Ocala

Graffiti Seafood has reopened the doors on a former Mediterranean restaurant in Ocala that was shuttered earlier this year.

Blue Highway Pizzeria in Ocala temporarily closed after failed health inspection

Blue Highway Pizzeria in Ocala was temporarily closed after an inspector found three high priority health code violations, including the presence of flies and over 150 live roaches.

Cantina Tex-Mex & Tequila celebrates grand opening in downtown Ocala

Cantina Tex-Mex & Tequila celebrated the grand opening of its new downtown Ocala restaurant this past week. The restaurant offers dining, carryout, catering, and private rooms perfect for parties.

Multiple Ocala restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Multiple restaurants in Ocala will keep their doors open this Thanksgiving. Check out our partial list and share your restaurant/business hours in the comments.

Cantina Tex-Mex & Tequila opening downtown Ocala restaurant next month

Cantina Tex Mex & Tequila will officially open its new downtown Ocala restaurant on December 2. The restaurant recently hosted guests to showcase its newly renovated digs and menu, which will feature a bevy of Tex-Mex favorites including Mexican grilled corn, nachos, quesadillas, and burritos.

City reestablishes ordinance allowing dogs in outdoor seating areas at Ocala restaurants, cafes

Ocala has reestablished an ordinance that allows customers to bring their dogs into designated outdoor dining areas at local restaurants and cafes.

Ocala Subway restaurant temporarily closed after failed health inspection

An Ocala Subway was temporarily closed after an inspector found three high priority health code violations, including the presence of flies and nine rodent droppings.

New restaurant looking to take over former Dee Dee’s Diner

Two Ocala Historic District residents are looking to open a new restaurant, The Lion and Bull, at the former location of Dee Dee’s Diner in downtown Ocala.

Mojo Grill vandalized, owner looking for public’s help to identify individual responsible

Local business owner Rondo Fernandez, who operates multiple Mojo Grills across the area, is asking the public for help in identifying an individual who vandalized his Leesburg location with paint.

New food truck Ziggy’s bringing Taste of Detroit to Ocala

Locally based food truck Ziggy’s A Taste of Detroit will be among the 90 vendors and food trucks at tomorrow’s Grinch Fest. They will be serving authentic Detroit food during the event at Tuscawilla Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National chains offering free Veterans’ Day meals in Ocala, Marion County

Texas Roadhouse, McDonald's, Hooters, and Chili's, are among dozens of restaurants in Ocala and Marion County that will offer free meals to active-duty military personnel and veterans this Veterans' Day. Check the partial list and share your specials with us.