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City of Ocala seeking company to lease, operate cafe inside Mary Sue Rich Community Center

The City of Ocala is looking for a qualified company to lease and operate a 185 square-foot cafe inside the Mary Sue Rich Community Center at Reed Place, which is currently under construction.

Big Man’s Cafe opens in northeast Ocala

Big Man’s Cafe, a restaurant offering "southern food with soul," recently celebrated its grand opening in northeast Ocala.

Gator Joe’s temporarily closed after health inspection failure

Gator Joe's in Ocklawaha was temporarily closed earlier this week after an inspector cited five health code violations, including the presence of rodent activity.

Ocala restaurant among Yelp’s top 100 in Florida

A restaurant in Ocala was recently recognized by Yelp as being one of the top 100 restaurants in the state of Florida for 2022.

Tip-a-Cop event heading to Mojo Grill & Catering

On Friday, June 10, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies will become celebrity waiters at The Mojo Grill & Catering to raise money for Special Olympics Florida.

KFC celebrates grand opening in east Ocala with ribbon cutting ceremony

A new KFC in east Ocala officially opened its doors to hungry customers last month, and the grand opening was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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.

Cristina’s Deli in Ocala temporarily closed after failed health inspection

Cristina’s Deli in Ocala was temporarily closed last week after a health inspector found several high priority health code violations, including the presence of approximately 10 live roaches and roach droppings.

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.