One of South Beach’s most popular entertainment venues will open a second location on Orlando’s International Drive.
Mango’s Tropical Cafe, a restaurant/nightclub venue, is slated to open in the third quarter of 2014, according to a news release. The newly acquired Orlando site sits at the main Interstate 4 interchange between the Convention Center District and International Drive.
“The Orlando market has already started another renaissance,” said David Wallack, Mango’s founder and president. “Between Disney, Universal, Sea World and I-Drive, there are literally billions of dollars of new development and attractions going up everywhere. Mango’s is a natural fit for this market, and we have an incredible location. We look forward to serving millions of happy guests.”
Wallack said the new site will bring up to 300 new jobs to the region. The 2.9-acre site is situated at 8102 International Dr. and will make its home in a two-story, 49,000-square-foot building that formerly housed TGI Friday’s and Bargain World retail store.
The site will undergo extensive renovations, according to the release.
“Simply said, this is one of the best buildings for an entertainment venue in Florida,” said CBRE Vice President Bobby Palta, who provided site selection and buyer representation services to Mango’s. “Because of its highly-accessible, central location for the one million tourists that visit Orlando each week, the Convention Center district on International Drive did not see dramatic declines in property value during the recession and is setting record acquisition prices over the past 24 months. However, the diversity of entertainment options has contracted in recent years due to strategy changes by theme parks as well as the recession. Mango’s Orlando fills that void, adds some spice and will help revive the nightlife scene for visitors and residents here in Central Florida.”
Mango’s has been in South Florida since 1991 and sits at the center of Ocean Drive. The entertainment venue ran by a father and son duo of David and Joshua Wallack showcases many international talent including live bands, dinner and extravagantly produced shows every night.
”We are very fortunate to have such a dynamic opportunity in Orlando,” said Mango’s COO Joshua Wallack, who will re-locate from Miami Beach to Central Florida to directly oversee the new facility. “Mango’s Orlando will become the largest, must-see nightlife entertainment destination in Central Florida with amazing shows, atmosphere, and late night dining. An epic venue such as this will elevate Orlando’s rankings among popular convention destinations and influence major convention bookers to actually choose Orlando over other competing markets.”