ORLANDO, Fla. – American riders no longer have to go to London to experience the famed Ace Café once the brand's owners open a site in Orlando in the next year or so.
The brand owners have signed a long-term lease for acreage and several industrial buildings facing Interstate 4, next to the downtown Lynx and SunRail stations.
"I think it will be an iconic, symbolic destination," Mark McKee, who bought the Ace Cafe rights for North America several years ago, told the Orlando Sentinel.
Initial plans call for a restaurant and bar, a shop for Ace Cafe's Rockers merchandise and a motorcycle dealership, which would likely specialize in European brands. Ace might build a motorcycle museum and repair shop later.
The Orlando Ace will be larger than the London predecessor, on three acres and taking more than 16,000 sq. ft. of space, executives said.
The flagship Ace Cafe in London operated from 1938 through 1969.
Posted by Holly Wagner