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North Quarter Tavern and Bar Room on Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando is giving way to two new establishments as developer Craig Ustler brings in new operating partners.

One will be a neighborhood-focused pub, and the other will be a modernized cocktail lounge, according to a news release from Ustler this week.

Church Street Entertainment, known for Chillers, Ember, Latitudes and other establishments, is the new operating partner. The company is “looking forward to being part of the North Quarter District,” the release said.

Ustler is exiting operations of his last two restaurant or bar spaces via the deal, with Citrus Restaurant becoming Reyes Mezcaleria near North Quarter Tavern previously and Soco replacing Hue in the Thornton Park area.

CSE brings creative design ability, operations expertise and marketing experience to the table, according to the release. CSE also operates Crafted, Irish Shannon’s and 180 Skytop Lounge.

Ustler intends to focus on Creative Village, located west of downtown, and Florida Hospital Health Village, located north of downtown, as a result of moving away from owning and operating restaurants, according to the release.

The design for University of Central Florida’s proposed downtown campus won approval earlier this year. Ustler serves as master developer for Creative Village. Academic buildings, part of a four-story complex, are slated to open in 2019.


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