LAKELAND | The Red Door Wine Market, a convivial spot for food, drink and live music in Lakeland’s South Lake Morton neighborhood, will close by Oct. 15.
The good news for fans of the arty watering hole with an expansive outdoor patio is that owner Richard DeAngelis intends to reopen by early November on nearby Palmetto Street across from the Polk Museum of Art.
The intended new locale at 733 E. Palmetto St. currently houses the First Church of Christ Science reading room. The building, a former English tea room, gives DeAngelis room for a kitchen large enough to expand his menu of appetizers, entrees and pizzas.
“We’re going to be aggressive about food,” he said. “We’re working very hard with the city to move in as soon as possible.”
DeAngelis said he’s been searching for a property to expand his restaurant concept for some time and thinks the Palmetto Avenue building, a quaint, wood-frame structure, has the same antiquated ambiance of his current restaurant.
He said the timing of the move isn’t ideal but he failed to negotiate an extension on his current three-year lease beyond the Oct. 15 expiration.
Before he can close a deal to buy the Palmetto Street property, DeAngelis must first obtain proper zoning. He is scheduled to go before the city’s planning and zoning board on Nov. 20 to ask for a conditional-use permit.
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