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New Mexican restaurant renovating space in Ocala plaza

A new Mexican restaurant is transforming a location that has changed hands several times over the years.

A new Caribbean restaurant just opened in Belleview

A restaurant that serves traditional Caribbean and American dishes with a tropical backdrop is now open in Belleview. 

Popeyes nearing completion of restored location

A local Popeyes is nearing completion of its restored location on Pine Avenue, nearly one-and-a-half years after its roof collapsed.

Pizzeria in east Ocala permanently closes doors

A pizzeria in east Ocala has permanently closed its location.

Mellow Mushroom teases opening of Ocala location

Mellow Mushroom says it plans to open its new location in downtown Ocala next month.

Marion deputies heading to Italian restaurant for Tip-a-Cop fundraising event

Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be at a local Italian restaurant this week to help raise money for the Special Olympics.

Construction of Chick-fil-A in Ocala winding down

A new Chick-fil-A at the intersection of SW College Road and SW 48th Avenue in Ocala is taking shape as construction crews make progress towards its completion.

Paddock Mall food court eatery closes again after roaches, rodent droppings found

A food court restaurant in Ocala closed again last week after a health inspector observed roach and rodent activity.

Pie-O-Mine permanently closes Ocala location

Pie-O-Mine & Greens has permanently closed its location in Ocala.

Juices, smoothies, and açaí bowls coming to new Ocala business

A business that will serve house-made juices, smoothies, and açaí bowls is nearing completion on its new location in east Ocala.

Winery closes in downtown Ocala after decade in business

A winery that closed its doors in downtown Ocala after a decade in business joins another similar business that closed up shop this summer.

New sign adorning pizzeria in downtown Ocala

A new sign adorns the outside of a much-anticipated pizzeria in downtown Ocala, just in time for the crowds at this weekend's arts festival. 

Caribbean restaurant opening in Belleview

A restaurant that will offer Caribbean dishes in a tropical backdrop is gearing up to open in Belleview.

Elderly man suing downtown Ocala restaurant for alleged slip-and-fall

A 75-year-old man is seeking over $50,000 in damages from a restaurant in downtown Ocala after his walker allegedly slipped on a doormat, causing him to be "violently thrown to the ground."

Ocala pastry chef competing in Food Network holiday series

An Ocala pastry chef who hopes to one day open a brick-and-mortar that employs differently-abled local residents will participate in a new holiday baking series airing on Food Network.

Bakery reopening at former southwest Ocala location

A cupcake bakery that first opened in Ocala several years ago will reopen at a familiar location next to several other new businesses.

Fine dining restaurant working on new downtown Ocala location

A fine dining restaurant is in the midst of working on a new location just a few doors away from its previous home in downtown Ocala.

Local restaurant suing Miami company over air conditioning unit

A Brazilian steakhouse in Ocala has sued a Miami-based electrical company after it says it paid $23,000 for an air conditioning unit that was the wrong size.

Ocala baker’s NY-style bagel recipe at center of new business

A couple who perfected their recipe for New York-style bagels and sold them at the farmer's market and online, is hoping to open a new trailer with additional products soon.

First Korean hot pot restaurant opens in Ocala

The first Korean hot pot and barbecue restaurant in Ocala is officially open for business, offering diners all-you-can-eat options. 

New family-owned sandwich restaurant opens in Ocala

A new family-owned sandwich shop has opened its doors in southeast Ocala, taking over the former location of a vegan cafe that closed a couple years ago.

Ocala Sonic employees take 1st place in national training competition

Employees at a Sonic fast-food restaurant in Ocala recently won the 2023 Dr. Pepper Sonic Games, a training competition that spanned several months and featured thousands of workers from Sonic locations across the country.

Downtown cafe taking over former location of Katya Vineyards

A popular cafe that opened in downtown Ocala in 2016 is moving into a new space that was vacated by a fine dining restaurant earlier this summer.

Korean hot pot spot ‘coming soon’ to Ocala

A highly anticipated Korean restaurant says it is "coming soon" to Ocala.