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Sunset Bodega in South Eola opens, then closes permanently, and is now back open - all within a week

Last week we brought you the news that a pretty corner store and coffee shop, Sunset Bodegea, opened on Wednesday, April 5 near Constitution Green in downtown Orlando’s South Eola neighborhood.


The new business located inside a former house that was built in 1933 on the corner of East Jackson Street and South Eola Drive had a soft opening on Wednesday, April 5, then only two days later on Friday, April 7, the new business announced on its instagram account that it has closed permanently, placing the blame at the City of Orlando's doorstep.


Now we have an update!! Yesterday, Wednesday, April 12, the owners of Sunset Bodegea suddenly announced on Instagram that they have decided to reopen again, commenting that the are now working with city officials to get the place open properly!


Read on for the full story...


Sunset Bodega in South Eola

On Wednesday and Thursday last week, while the business never opened its actual doors, it did offer food and drinks, including coffee, tea, espresso, smoothies, beer and more from a walk up window in the building.


“We will only be open through our walk up window this week,” the store said in an Instagram post. “If you give us a follow and like this post, you will get a free cup of coffee on us. Just show us at the window.”


All seemed to be going well, with the store even posting a picture on Instagram of new stock arriving at the store.


Then, Friday, April 7, the new business announced on its instagram account that it has closed permanently.


"We are so sorry to announce that we will no longer be opening up in downtown Orlando."


The company appeared to blame the City Of Orlando for the stores downfall, "The city staff has made it impossible for us to be successful."


The post continues "Please take it from us, downtown is going through major changes and the hierarchy that makes most of the decisions is controlled by one or two people. These people do not care about what’s best for us or our neighborhood, they only care about their agendas. Get ready for a lot of dust as the big buildings and developers continue to get their way with these same individuals. We will continue to live here, raise our kids here, and most importantly continue to love our city no matter what! Happy Easter and GOD bless"


No comments were given by the City Of Orlando in response to the comments from Sunset Bodega...


Sunset Bodega in South Eola

Fast forward to this week, and yesterday Wednesday, April 12, Sunset Bodega announced that “after tons of support from the community and several days of getting to understand what we can do better we have decided to REOPEN immediately.”


The Sunset Bodega now says that they will be working closely with city officials in order to get the proper help needed to clear the vast number of hurdles.


Here is the announcement from Sunset Bodega:


"We are happy to announce that after tons of support from the community and several days of getting to understand what we can do better we have decided to REOPEN immediately.

We will be working closely with city officials in order to get the proper help needed to clear the vast amount of hurdles to open this type of business in the city. It may take until 2026 to get everything we need, but we are committed to getting it done. LOL... Stop by TODAY between 7:30a and 7:30p for a coffee or a snack."


So there you have it, quite the story for a brand new business! We wonder if this is the start or end of the story!


We wish them al the luck in the world!!


Sunset Bodega in South Eola

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