Ace Cafe Orlando To Open spring 2017

Construction of Ace Cafe Orlando Rolls Toward Spring 2017 Opening. It’s the first North American outpost of the world’s most celebrated London-based motor-diner. The new destination in Central Florida Will Feature full-Service restaurant, bars, live music Stages, retail Stores, dealership, gallery and more…Construction workers are in high gear completing the 35,000-square-foot parcel bringing more than 175 new jobs to the local economy. The Orlando Ace expects to draw over 400,000 people to downtown annually.

Since 1938, Ace Cafe London has been a mecca for those passionate about cars, bikes and rock ’n roll culture. The original location on London’s North Circular Road began as a simple roadside cafe for truckers, then evolved into a popular destination for rock ‘n roll-loving teens riding motorbikes during the ’50s and ’60s. Today, the Ace has a multi-generational appeal from motorsports enthusiasts from all over the world.

Ace Cafe Orlando is located on a three-acre parcel in downtown Orlando at the corner of West Livingston Street and Garland Avenue, now known as “Ace Corner.” The Ace is renovating and refurbishing three 100-year-old buildings – once home to Harry P. Leu’s supply company – preserving the structures’ authenticity and even repurposing its original materials (for example, every table inside the Ace is made from the wood and heavy timbers reclaimed from the barn on property) – while also evoking the essence of the original Ace Cafe London. “We’re thrilled to welcome Ace Cafe to downtown Orlando,” said Thomas Chatmon, Jr., executive director of Orlando’s Downtown Development Board and Community Redevelopment Agency. “This entirely-new destination’s unique blend of restaurant, bars, retail, live music and event spaces will entice a variety of demographics to downtown. The Ace’s economic impact will be immeasurable.”

Much larger than its London namesake, Ace Cafe Orlando spans two floors and will feature a full-service restaurant, two kitchens, four bars, a coffee bar, a communal counter, a mezzanine that overlooks the main floor dining area and stage, and private and semi-private spaces for groups both large and small. Rounding out the offerings inside the Ace are Rockers Speed Shop (selling official branded Ace gear and apparel); a BMW motorcycle dealer; Dainese D-Store (Italy’s most famous high-tech riding gear and accessories brand); EagleRider motorcycle rental company (the world’s largest motorcycle tourism company); and Stonebridge Motorgallery, selling an ever-changing line-up of original motorsports and rock ’n roll-inspired artwork, photography, sculptures, and memorabilia, as well as collectable vintage and one-off custom motorcycles. World-renowned artists including Michael Lichter, David Uhl, Antonio Merinero and Makoto Endo, as well as local favorites, will be represented.

Under the tutelage of Executive Chef Christopher Truesdell, the Ace’s menu can be defined as American Gastro-Diner fare, featuring made-from-scratch home style comfort food with a twist that captures the authentic spirit and flavors of some of the best diners and backroad joints across the country, all at an affordable price point. Of course, there is also a nod to Ace Cafe’s roots with authentic British favorites like Bangers & Mash, Fish & Chips, and Chicken Curry. A carefully-curated list of house-made specialty craft cocktails, fresh juices, Super Martinis, wines, cold-pressed and hot spiked coffee drinks, spiked and non-spiked fresh gelato milkshakes, and an amazing beer list of craft, domestic and imported brews across 104 taps headline a bountiful array of adult beverages available from four fully-stocked bars. The Ace is also family-friendly, complete with sharable appetizers, fresh super food salads, Gluten-free options, and a children’s menu, not to mention all the eye-catching cool cars and bikes on display on any given day. Ace Cafe Orlando is destined to become a popular destination for all ages in the middle of the City Beautiful.

And then there’s the great outdoors at Ace Corner — the siren call for motor- and music-lovers, alike. Guests can drink and dine on a large outdoor backyard patio, or grab a Julius Meinl coffee while admiring hot rides through giant garage doors that open onto a large “car park,” (parking lot) where the coolest vehicles will become the focal point each day for car club and bike meets and mingling. Parking is free for Ace guests, with several public parking garages also in close proximity. When complete, the entire three-acre area can host up to 7,000 guests.

Following the opening of Ace Cafe, attention then turns to completing two key spaces inside Ace Corner, now under construction and on track for a summer 2017 opening: an 8,000-square-foot, one-story live music and bar venue called The Blue Cap Shack, also home to the area’s first Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, the Kansas City-based BBQ restaurant voted “Best BBQ” by Anthony Bourdain, Chef Wolfgang Puck and USA Today; and a Backyard Beer Garden featuring an outdoor stage for live music accommodating up to 1,200 people, ideal for bike and car meets, concerts and private parties.

“As we get closer to opening, it is so rewarding to watch this multi-faceted project come together,” said
Mark McKee, CEO and Chief Gearhead of Ace Cafe North America. “We are building something so special, a place that’s focused entirely on the Central Florida community. From petrolheads and aficionados to would-be enthusiasts who want to take a rental spin on the weekend, to concert-goers who want good music and specialty cocktails, to families searching for a fun and affordable dining spot – the Ace is for everybody.”

Ace Cafe is the most famous motor-diner on the planet. Ace Cafe North America holds the exclusive licensee rights in North America and South America for this world-famous brand. Ace Cafe Orlando is the first North American venue for Ace Cafe. For more information, visit Ace Cafe USA www.acecafeusa.com, and connect on Facebook and Twitter @AceCafeUSA, Instagram @acecafeorlando_official.

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12 Responses to “Ace Cafe Orlando To Open spring 2017”


  1. 1 Tracy Brown Mar 29th, 2017 at 9:07 am

    1 1/2 year late. Building permits? Hope end of Spring is the good date. Orlando needs something new for adults.

  2. 2 Jeffrey Mar 29th, 2017 at 10:44 am

    They should invite all the US Custom Builders for the grand opening. Without them, ACE would not exist today.

  3. 3 Tony Sigula Mar 29th, 2017 at 10:49 am

    In addition of the Orlando magnet, will take advantage of Daytona Biketoberfest and Bike Week.

  4. 4 Architect Mar 30th, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Orlando is not as close to Daytona as you would think and all super slab. Not sure how many would make the day trip during Bike Week just to check this place out. Sounds like a Hard Rock Cafe with a different theme.

  5. 5 Hdrider Mar 30th, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I agree with Architect – it’s not a pleasant ride from Daytona to Orlando. I wish them success but sounds a bit overly ambitious – a place I might visit once, but not on a regular basis. Probably more tied into the Disneyland tourist demographics.

  6. 6 BlindMan Mar 30th, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Hate to be a buzz kill, but after seeing this post, we rode down there last night. They still have a “lot of wood to chop”.
    I’d be extremely impressed if they were ready in Spring of 2017. Probably summertime is realistic. Been waiting two years. A couple of months more won’t hurt!

  7. 7 BadMonkeyMW Mar 30th, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    There’s only one Ace, and it’s not in Florida.

  8. 8 MJ Motors Apr 2nd, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Nothing really special about London’s one, unless you are there to meet your folks.
    The Bike Shed in London way cooler to visit.

  9. 9 Ray Llanes Apr 3rd, 2017 at 8:58 am

    You can actually take a really pleasant ride from Daytona to Downtown Orlando if you avoid taking I-4 .
    You can actually take back country roads for most of your trip and about a1-2 mile ride on I-4. But then again I’m talking about the people that actually ride there motorcycles more than 2 miles at a time. I think that would be a cool addition to the motorcycle landscape in central Florida and a cool destination for anyone that is interested in them and the history behind the ACE café.

  10. 10 hark Apr 3rd, 2017 at 11:07 am

    This should go real good with Micky Mouse

  11. 11 hacksaw Apr 4th, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    agreed i would visit it maybe once. as a moto themed joint, but not particularly because of its ACE name. i might go for the BMW dealer, even if i never saw a bmw in a 50’s cafe racer photo. or jap bikes either.
    the london ace itself is kinda full of baloney . old men on hondas and stock hinkleys. lol.

  12. 12 vitesse Apr 29th, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Having lived 2 miles from the original and knowing Mark’s passion for motorbikes this Orlando effort just seems ill conceived. The trek from Daytona can be made via 415 +++ other back roads but it is a shlep of about 60 miles. Perhaps they are counting on the Orlano area to kep it in the black. Here in Daytona we have several groups that ride/race/build /tour world wide but no effort has ever been made to liason with us. Bon chance’

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