Mark McKee, the CEO of ACE North America (the U.S.-based spinoff of Ace Cafe London), says the Orlando based ACE Cafe North America will be open by the end of this year. McKee has signed a lease for several industrial buildings at 100 W. Livingston, next to Interstate 4 and the downtown Lynx and SunRail train stations.
“I think it will be an iconic, symbolic destination,” says McKee, a former restaurateur and franchise developer. “We purposefully stayed away from International Drive because we wanted urban buildings to fit with the Ace brand.”
The property will feature an indoor and outdoor eatery and a music venue large enough to accommodate roughly 800 people and employ 125 workers. Initial plans also include a motorcycle dealership (likely a European brand such as Triumph), a shop for Ace Cafe’s Rockers merchandise, with a motorcycle museum and repair shop possibly added later.
“What’s cool about this venture is tourists who come to Orlando and hang out on I-Drive, if they are true petrol-heads or motorsports enthusiasts, they will be enticed to take the drive to see us and hang out,” says McKee.
For updates or more information on Ace Cafe North America go to www.acecafeusa.com