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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 4 years ago

Maitland City Centre developer in search of new food hall tenants

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Spindrift Concepts, led by Dovecote Chef Clayton Miller, has abandoned the project.
by: Tim Freed Managing Editor

Tastes can change. The same goes for the long-awaited Maitland City Centre development along U.S. 17-92.

A food hall concept led by Dovecote Chef Clayton Miller is no longer part of the project. His departure leaves a 4,500-square-foot space to be filled. 

The incoming tenant, called Spindrift Concepts, withdrew from the project because of the surrounding area’s rapidly growing culinary scene. Luke’s Kitchen and Bar recently set up shop down the road from the future Maitland City Centre site, along with Teak Neighborhood Grill further south down the street.

“Recently, Maitland has been exploding with new development activity with many new projects hitting the market at the same time,” Spindrift Concepts officials said in a prepared statement. “Given the current landscape of upcoming restaurant and retailers, the Spindrift Food Hall team had to reconsider the sustainability of the project due to over-saturation. The team is disappointed to have to step back from the Maitland City Centre project but is not discouraged. They know the food-hall concept is here to stay and are considering other urban infill projects with critical mass here in Central Florida. They look forward to supporting local talent here in our backyard and providing the gathering place that was originally envisioned.”

Despite this, officials from developer Allen Morris Company hope to stick with the food hall concept and find a replacement at the upcoming Maitland City Centre.

“We are working closely with ACRE Commercial Real Estate and are in final discussions with other potential tenants for the entire 4,500-square-foot space,” Director of Development Dennis Suarez said.  “Our intent is to maintain the vibrancy of the food hall concept, and although we are disappointed that Spindrift will not be part of Maitland City Centre, we are looking forward to bringing a unique retail experience for the entire community to enjoy.”

The Maitland City Centre has been under construction since June 2016 at the corner of North Orlando Avenue and East Horatio Avenue. Maitland’s new $68 million, mixed-use project encompasses a three-acre full city block with 35,000 square feet of commercial space. 

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Tim Freed is the Managing Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. He previously spent six years covering the Winter Park/Maitland area and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....

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