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Henry’s Depot – Sanford’s Historic Train Station to Reopen as Culinary Collective

Bars

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Sean Kelley stands and surveys the spot where former U.S. President Grant dedicated the South Florida Railroad on January 10, 1880 and simultaneously considers the past and future of Sanford’s original rail hub.  Coming from a real estate background as the owner/broker of Saint Lawrence Title, Kelley was lucky enough to see the energy building in Sanford in the summer...

Amazing Growth and Synergy on The “West Side” of Historic Downtown Sanford

Craft Beer, Restaurants

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Historic Downtown Sanford, nestled alongside Lake Monroe in scenic Seminole County, Florida, is a global destination featuring Central Florida’s most vibrant and expanding craft food and beverage scene. Sanford’s Historic Downtown footprint is rapidly extending, as there are several newer and upcoming projects coming to the west side of Sanford’s east-west boundary, Park Ave. All of these additions promise to...

Leon’s Food Tour: St. John’s River Steak & Seafood

Restaurants

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The best view in Sanford is along Lake Monroe—literally a fat spot on the St. John’s River—and St. John’s River Steak and Seafood has that million dollar view. Their new screened patio (demolition courtesy of hurricane Irma in September 2017) offers a stunning view of the St. John’s with spectacular sunsets and the Wednesday evening Rum Race (sailboats). Open several...

Leon’s Food Tour: The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants

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The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar has been a staple of Historic Downtown Sanford for about five years now, serving up all kinds of great food for lunch and dinner, and often featuring live music. With its breezeway seating area, it’s a popular place for locals to hang out, have a drink, and get some delicious food. Tops on their menu...

Leon’s Food Tour: Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe

Restaurants

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The Pearl of Downtown Sanford is, without a doubt, Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe. Open 7 days a week, lunch through dinner, owners Theo and Linda Hollerbach took a gamble on a small cafe in Sanford well over a dozen years ago. They weathered over a year of street closure, but fast forward to today, and on the weekend, if you...

Leon’s Food Tour: The Smiling Bison Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants

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Business partners Ron Thomas and Chef Josh Oakley started The Smiling Bison as a food cart, then quickly progressed to opening a dive type of place in Orlando with a funky atmosphere and a loyal following. But when they discovered Sanford, they knew what their destiny was. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, lunch Wednesday through Friday, and with a...