Periodically, Every Monday will feature members at the Business Partner level of Orlando, Inc. So that we can get to know them better and have access to the products and services that they provide, today we are featuring Mango's Tropical Café: From Ocean Drive to International Drive.
As published in Miami's Community Newspapers on January 14, 2013, South Beach's Mango's Tropical Café, a premier attraction in Miami Beach and one of the top restaurant/ nightclubs in the U.S. for more than 20 years, is slated to open a second entertainment venue on Orlando's International Drive during the third quarter of 2014. The newly acquired Orlando site sits at the main Interstate 4 interchange for the Convention Center District and International Drive.
Joshua Wallack, COO of Mango's in South Beach, will relocate to Central Florida to oversee the development of Mango's Orlando. His commitment to Miami Beach is extensive, having spearheaded the campaign to pass the resort tax for the Miami Beach Convention Center renovation and expansion project and he sits as a member of that Chamber's Board of Governors and Executive Board. He is sure to bring that same commitment to Central Florida.
"We are very fortunate to have such a dynamic opportunity in Orlando," said Joshua Wallack, "Mango's Orlando will become the largest must-see nightlife entertainment destination in Central Florida with amazing shows, atmosphere, and late night dining."
Just as in South Beach, Mango's Orlando is expected to become a targeted tourist destination in Orlando, the most-visited US city with more than 55 million visitors each year. The 2.9-acre site is situated at 8102 International Drive, at the entrance to the Orange County Convention Center district. The convention center is the second largest in the U.S. with 2.1 million square feet of exhibition space. The existing two-story, 49,000-square-foot building, a former TGI Fridays concept and Bargain World retail store, will undergo extensive renovations.
Architectural rendering of Mango's Tropical Café Orlando
Mango's helped to create the South Beach of today. During the early 1990s, Mango's was one of the first major nightclubs to stimulate the South Beach renaissance, and today it stands strong because it has something for everyone. The venue boasts wonderful food and entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere before 10 pm when it transforms into a nightclub with a variety of music and dancing as well as live performances. Mango's attracts young and old, families and young singles, tourists and locals, and everyone that enters is a celebration of Miami Beach.
It is precisely this unique atmosphere, a testament to Miami Beach, which will be transported to Orlando. The Orlando location will be the same, only larger, boasting 65,000 sq. ft., and representing a total investment of $30 million.
Mango's Orlando will surely follow in the South Beach location's footsteps and have great success in Central Florida. The Orlando location will reach even more visitors and teach them about the unique culture, history and beauty of Miami Beach. Mango's Orlando and Joshua Wallack will serve as ambassadors for the Million Dollar Sandbar bringing the message of beach breeze, tropical heat and Latin flavor to its Orlando guests.
Orlando, Inc., is one of four lines of business of the Central Florida Partnership and is specifically focused on Regional Entrepreneurship. A "Five-Star Chamber" – the highest level of achievement awarded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – we are positioned to serve the growing needs of businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the Central Florida Region.
In an effort to improve access to fellow members as well as membership benefits, we have placed all members into three new and simple categories: Business Basic (previously Small Business Chamber), Business Connection (previously Chamber Trustees) and Business Partner (previously Regional Board of Advisors). Log on to www.orlando.org for detailed information on how you can best leverage your Orlando, Inc. Membership.
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