Yesterday, the Bungalower reported that Lido’s Italian Restaurant, a family-operated Downtown South staple since 1970, will be closing up shop for good this coming April. After years of speculation, the owner of the Shoppes Of Orange, holding Lido’s, Xclusive Nail Bar and 3 vacant units, is moving forward with plans to demolish the current structure and replace it with the “South Orange Medical Building”.
According to the City of Orlando, there was a pre-application meeting about this site last week with the developers and planning staff. The rendering provided to City is a conceptual elevation drawing. Planning staff will be reviewing the official plans to ensure they meet the Orange/Michigan Vision Plan requirements and meet appearance review standards.
Lido’s employees report that owner Buster Silva does not have plans to reopen and will likely retire after Lido’s closing.
In an adjacent but separate lot, Numero Uno Cuban Restaurant will be unaffected by the demolition and is set to remain open for business as usual.
Lido’s Italian Restaurant is located at 2501 South Orange Avenue [Gmap], one block north of Michigan Street. Stop by, grab some of your homestyle Italian favorites, and show your support for this Orlando legacy before Lido’s closes its doors for good!