Two Bars Coming to Area from Previous Owners of Cleo’s Lounge

Experienced bar owner bringing more watering holes to Orlando.
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In a phone interview with owner Willie Tharpe, What Now Orlando confirmed two bars that are set to open in the Orlando area. The first, Magnolia, is planned for 13 South Magnolia Avenue. It has been closed since fall last year, according to an Instagram post.

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Tharpe reports that this will be re-opening under his leadership very soon, hopefully within the week, and a second bar will appear in the College Park neighborhood. 

The College Park bar won’t be opening for a while. According to Tharpe, they have found and leased a place, but they are seeking a change of use to be approved by the city. The name and the location of the new bar will remain under wraps until the project is further along, Tharpe commented. 

An owner of the popular Cleo’s Lounge, Tharpe sold and closed down last year.

Guests can expect to see a casual bar of the same style as Cleo’s. In a phone interview, Tharpe said: “We’re going to be doing what we’ve been doing for 23 years.” 

Ross McWaters

Ross McWaters is a writer from Atlanta, GA. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of McCoy’s Monthly, a small literary magazine where some of his writing can be found.

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