110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Restaurants go in, out in DeLand
By Pat Andrews
posted Aug 31, 2012 - 8:04:44am
While two restaurants in DeLand recently shut their doors, the doors at one of the two locations will reopen with a new restaurant.
Rendez-Vous opened at 112 N. Woodland Blvd. last year. The French restaurant with a continental flavor had opened first as a bistro on Southridge Golf Course, operated by David Morhain, who also owns Gator’s Dockside in DeLand. Chef Didier DuFour put a distinctive mark on Rendez-Vous, which then moved to Downtown DeLand.
That Downtown location closed Aug. 26, but this isn’t the end for Rendez-Vous, which will reopen at 1500 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Marketing manager Jonathan Poss said Rendez-Vous’ new 200-seat location is larger, and offers some outdoor seating.
It’s not the end of eateries at 112 N. Woodland Blvd., either. Before Rendez-Vous, the location was home to Norville Barnes and Sisters.
Landlord Gus Gibbs confirmed that another new restaurant will move in, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Sun Citrus Cafe, owned by Ann Gilmore, will be operated by chef and managing partner Jerry Harris.
“We hope to be open in late September,” Harris said.
The cafe will offer its own blend of fresh coffee and danish for breakfast. Sandwiches on homemade bread, as well as barbecue and Italian foods, will be on the menu.
Little is known about the closure of Tomasita’s Cuban Bistro at 803 W. New York Ave., which was operated by Chef Mike Alvarez.
The restaurant was frequently full until the doors closed a couple of weeks ago.
The Beacon was unable to speak with anyone about future plans for the property, though a source said there’s a prospective new restaurant for the property.
Previous tenants included Christo’s & Eleni’s Italian Restaurant and Stavros.
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