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Dunnellon couple opens new cafe on wedding anniversary

A Dunnellon couple celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary in grand style last month with the opening of a new cafe.

Restaurateur breathing new life into former seafood staple in Ocala

A restaurateur is breathing new life into a west Ocala space with a menu that features a variety of seafood and chicken options.

Have you tried this new cafe in Ocala?

A new cafe near downtown Ocala has drawn hundreds of favorable reviews from visitors in its first few months.

Third new Mexican restaurant in Ocala this year nearing completion

A new Mexican restaurant under construction near the Paddock Mall is nearing completion, marking the third such restaurant to open in Ocala this year. 

Poké Go opens new ramen, bubble tea restaurant on SR 200

A new restaurant specializing in poké bowls, ramen, and bubble tea recently opened along Ocala's busiest highway.

Popeyes opening soon at Ocala’s Paddock Mall

A new Popeyes location under construction at the Paddock Mall will "open soon."

Starbucks abruptly closes location at Paddock Mall

A company that runs dozens of Starbucks at malls across the country has permanently closed its location at the Paddock Mall in Ocala.

22 new restaurants have opened in Ocala in 2024

Nearly two dozen new restaurants and food trucks have opened in Ocala since the beginning of this year, with at least 13 more in various stages of construction.

19 restaurants have closed in Ocala in the past 12 months

At least 19 restaurants have permanently closed their locations in Ocala over the past 12 months, including several businesses that also celebrated grand openings during that same time span.

Ocala restaurant owner says he ‘invested in the wrong city’ while announcing business closure

A business owner says he made a "huge mistake" opening a new restaurant in east Ocala and will close his establishment less than a year later, citing "low household incomes," a lack of "black-owned businesses," and a smaller population (but larger area) in Ocala relative to his hometown of Gainesville.

New Italian restaurant saves iconic sign in east Ocala after coming into compliance with city

The owner of a new restaurant under construction in east Ocala was able to salvage an iconic sign along East Silver Springs Boulevard that belonged to Lorito's Italian Kitchen, which closed in 2023 after five decades in business.

The Sunny Pint permanently closes east Ocala taproom

A taproom and eatery in east Ocala that was open for just over six months before temporarily closing in April has announced that it will not re-open its doors.

New Halal food truck joins park in south Ocala

A new food truck that specializes in halal dishes joins the growing food truck park in south Ocala that opened earlier this year.

Dining space with multiple restaurants under construction near downtown Ocala

Crews are making brisk progress on a new, modern dining concept under construction near downtown Ocala that will feature a 1920s speakeasy, Asian fusion restaurant, Mediterranean tapas spot, and craft brewery when it opens later this year.

Readers fondly remember shuttered Belleview pizza spot

“My husband and I are so sad to see Belleview Pizza close. We lived in Belleview for 3 years. We went every Friday night and sometimes in-between. It was always packed. We knew the staff and they knew us." - Lots of readers wrote in to share their thoughts on the recent closure of Belleview Pizza & Italian Restaurant.

New boba tea spot opens in Paddock Mall

A new boba tea spot recently opened in the Paddock Mall food court, joining several similar businesses that have opened in Ocala over the past year.

Owner closes second Ocala pizzeria in past year

A local business owner who once operated two pizzerias in east and southwest Ocala has closed his second location less than a year after shuttering the first.

Belleview pizza restaurant closes after 50 years in business

A pizza restaurant in the heart of Belleview has closed its doors after over 50 years in business.

Ocala restaurateur guest judges Food Network show in Florida

An Ocala restaurateur got a chance to be a guest judge on a new Food Network show where he helped determine the "best bite" in a Florida town.

New ramen, poke restaurant under construction at southwest Ocala plaza

A new restaurant that serves ramen and poke dishes is under construction in an Ocala plaza that has seen the additions of multiple businesses in the past few months.

Chipotle, Sprouts, multi-family housing coming to new southwest Ocala development

A developer recently received approval from county officials to rezone an 8.76-acre property in southwest Ocala for the purposes of building 30 new townhomes and a commercial development that will feature a Chipotle, a Tropical Smoothie Café, and a Sprouts Farmers Market.

New Italian restaurant taking over iconic Ocala spot that closed after 50 years

An Italian restaurant hopes to breathe new life into a space that formerly housed an iconic Ocala restaurant for over 50 years.

Ice Cream King opens second location in Ocala

A popular ice cream shop that opened in Six Gun Plaza in 2022 has expanded its operations in the city with a second location in southwest Ocala.

Cajun seafood restauranteurs working on new Ocala location

The owners of a popular cajun seafood restaurant in Crystal River are in the midst of renovating a new location in Ocala.