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Ace Cafe Orlando opens on May 19 with free rock ‘n roll concerts

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Ace Cafe Orlando opens its doors on May 19 with a weekend of free activities.

Cool cars, hot bikes, and free rock ‘n roll concerts will come together on May 19 to celebrate the grand opening of Ace Cafe Orlando.

Ace Cafe Orlando, the first North American location of the celebrated London-based cafe, officially opens on Friday, May 19 at 7 a.m., and guests are invited for a weekend of festivities at the 35,000-square-foot motor-centric dining, entertainment and retail destination.

All three days of grand opening weekend will feature display vehicles, live music inside and outside both day and night, a BMW RnineT Racer motorcycle raffle benefiting Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children (APCH), live art demonstrations, and onsite activities and brand partner merchandise (while supplies last). Friday night features a free rockabilly concert by Rockin’ Jason D. Williams.

Rockin’ Jason D. Williams

Ace Cafe Orlando is located at the corner of West Livingston Street and Garland Avenue on a three-acre parcel in downtown Orlando in the extensively refurbished 100-year-old Harry P. Leu buildings (the former home of The Edge rock venue). The new “Ace Corner” is adjacent to the modern SunRail locomotive station and is a direct ride to the world-renowned Daytona race circuit via Interstate 4. The Ace spans two floors and features a full-service restaurant, two kitchens, four bars, a coffee bar, a communal counter, a mezzanine overlooking the main floor dining area and stage, private and semi-private group spaces, retail shops, and a motor-inspired art gallery.

“Our team is privileged to continue the culture and heritage of the world’s most famous motor diner,” said Mark McKee, CEO and Chief Gearhead of Ace Cafe North America. “This is exactly the Ace that we envisioned – a beacon for everyone, from petrolheads and enthusiasts, to the after-hours work crowd, families, music lovers, and everyone in between. We have remained true to the spirit of the Ace, and we have done so in a way that honors this incredible space in the heart of downtown Orlando. It is our hope that Ace Cafe Orlando will serve this community for generations to come.”

Below is the schedule of events for Ace Cafe Orlando’s opening weekend

Friday, May 19, 2017
· The first Ace Cafe in the USA opens at 7:00 a.m.
· Lunch menu is served and bars open at 11:00 a.m., with live music on the back porch
· Raffle opens to win a BMW RnineT Racer to benefit APCH
· Register to win a trip for 2 to the 24th Annual Ace Cafe London Reunion Weekend
· Live painting and sculpting works by three world-renowned artists: Japanese chopsticks painter Makoto Endo, Spanish artist Antonio Merinero painting the Ace’s backyard beer garden bocce courts (opening summer 2017), and American sculptor Michael Ulman
· Music in the car park (parking lot) starts at 4:00 p.m. with live rock ‘n roll lasting into the night. Taking the stage at 8:00 p.m. is headliner Rockin’ Jason D. Williams.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
· Carbs & Caffeine at 7:00 a.m.
· Ace Cafe’s Cool Cars for Kids to benefit APCH. For a $15 donation per car, participants can be a part of the opening weekend car show and receive a limited-edition Ace Cafe grand opening t-shirt.
· Ace’s 4-Banger Brunch at 9:00 a.m. (a buffet-style, all-you-can-eat brunch served every weekend).
· Free activities in the car park starting at 10 a.m. with a variety of local partners and vendors engaging Ace fans until 5:00 p.m.
· Raffle continues to win a BMW RnineT Racer to benefit APCH
· Registration continues to win a trip for 2 to the 24th Annual Ace Cafe London Reunion Weekend
· Live painting and sculpting continues by Japanese chopsticks painter Makoto Endo, Spanish artist Antonio Merinero and American sculptor Michael Ulman
· Live music starts at 4:00 p.m. outside with live rock ‘n roll into the night.

Sunday, May 21, 2017
· Bikes & Bacon at 7:00 a.m.
· Ace’s 4-Banger Brunch kicks off again at 9:00 a.m, with full lunch menu starting at 2pm.
· Raffle continues to win a BMW RnineT Racer to benefit APCH
· Registration continues to win a trip for 2 to the 24th Annual Ace Cafe London Reunion Weekend
· Live painting and sculpting continues by Japanese chopsticks painter Makoto Endo, Spanish artist Antonio Merinero and American sculptor Michael Ulman
· Free activities in the car park starting at 10 a.m. with a variety of local partners and vendors engaging motor fans until 5pm.

Visit acecafeusa.com for more information, and watch these videos for a preview of the new Orlando location:

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2 comments

JONATHAN N GILBERT May 5, 2017 - 4:40 pm

Jolly good fun ????

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Steve Geary May 15, 2017 - 9:49 am

Finally opening up !! Hey anything great is worth waiting for, and I know Ace is going to be a Mecca for car and bike gear heads longed after for decades in Central Florida. The question is do I ride my V Twin H-D Streetrod or my Triple Cylinder Triumph ? Answer H-D Fri nite and Sat, Triumph Sunday – hey a guys gotta have a plan, see ya there !

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