VOTE NOW FOR THE BEST OF ORLANDO® 2021!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Original Dexter's location in Thornton Park to become Hawaiian restaurant from owners of Stardust Lounge, The Abbey

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2021 at 1:51 PM

click to enlarge DEXTER'S THORNTON PARK LOCATION IMAGE VIA GOOGLE MAPS
  • Dexter's Thornton Park location image via Google Maps
Restaurateur Todd Ulmer and venue owner Wendy Connor are planning a new Hawaiian bar and restaurant in Thornton Park.

The 808 will move into the old home of brunch spot and bar Dexter's, which closed abruptly and dramatically in 2019. In a nice bit of serendipity, the name of the planned island-themed restaurant is both a nod to the address of 808 E. Washington St. and the area code of Honolulu. Ulmer, who owns several bars throughout Orlando including the Stardust Lounge and Aku Aku Tiki Bar, is hoping to live up to the reputation that precedes the Washington Avenue location.



click to enlarge The 808 owners Todd Ulmer and Wendy Connor - PHOTO VIA TODD ULMER AND WENDY CONNOR
  • Photo via Todd Ulmer and Wendy Connor
  • The 808 owners Todd Ulmer and Wendy Connor
“The old Dexter’s building is an icon in Thornton Park and we are thrilled for the opportunity to put our spin on it and transform it to a fresh new hangout spot for residents and visitors alike,” Ulmer said in a press release.

Connor, the mastermind behind local venues the Abbey and MEZZ, is hoping to contribute to the area's status as a destination for foodies and entertainment-seekers alike.

“We are so impressed with what the teams at Cavo’s and Burton’s are doing to create an area of great food and lively entertainment on Washington Street, and we can’t wait to be a part of it with the 808,” said Connor. “All of the amazing offerings are turning Washington Street into a premier destination in downtown Orlando.”

The owners snagged ghost kitchen chef Daniel Weber to craft their Hawaiian menu. The one-time head of the delivery-only restaurant KitchenAF will cross into the mortal plane with a menu created for a brick-and-mortar space.


“I’m thrilled to be a part of this project and bring my experience as a chef as well as my passion for Hawaiian cuisine to this exciting new endeavor,” Weber said.

The space is expected to open in early summer, though no date has been set.


Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly newsletters, and consider supporting this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you Central Florida news, and every little bit helps.

Tags: , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

May 12, 2021

View more issues

Calendar

© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation