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April 12, 2018

ACE CAFE WINS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FROM THE DOWNTOWN ORLANDO PARTNERSHIP

Ace Cafe Orlando Director of Operations Jimmy Forster and Director of Sales and Events Billy Singleton accept an “Award of Excellence” from Downtown Orlando Partnership President Maritza Martinez and Thomas C. Chatmon Jr., Executive Director of the Downtown Development Board and Community Redevelopment Agency, during the Downtown Orlando Partnership’s 29th annual Golden Brick Awards luncheon held on March 30th, 2018. Pictured from left to right: Martinez, Forster, Singleton and Chatmon.

ORLANDO, FL – April 12, 2018 – Ace Cafe Orlando earned an “Award of Excellence” from the Downtown Orlando Partnership during its 29th annual Golden Brick Awards luncheon held on March 30, 2018. The Ace was among 35 community and development projects recognized for positively impacting Downtown Orlando in 2017.

Ace Cafe Orlando, the first North American location of the celebrated London motor-diner, is located within three of downtown Orlando’s most historic buildings. Great care was taken by the Ace’s leadership to renovate and refurbish the 100 year old buildings, once home to Harry P. Leu’s supply company -- preserving the structures’ authenticity and repurposing its original materials (for example, tables inside the Ace are made from the wood and heavy timbers reclaimed from the barn on the property). The organization’s flagship North American operation officially opened to the public on May 19, 2017 after undergoing an extensive renovation over three years.


“Ace Cafe Orlando’s venue has brought an additional dimension to the many events and attractions we have downtown, offering a unique experience to visitors. We value their partnership and appreciate the extensive detail they put into preserving the building’s history while turning it into a successful destination for our community,” said Thomas C. Chatmon Jr., Executive Director of the Downtown Development Board and Community Redevelopment Agency.

“Winning this award is a tremendous honor for our entire team,” added Mark McKee, President, Ace Cafe North America. “After an extensive nationwide search for the Ace’s first North American location, we selected the Harry P. Leu building for its superior location in downtown Orlando and amazing ‘bones.’ We are very grateful to the Downtown Orlando Partnership for its support and partnership from day one. It’s been a fantastic ride in our first year.”
  
About Downtown Orlando Partnership
The Downtown Orlando Partnership is a nonprofit association seeking to advance downtown Orlando through collaborative events and initiatives. Established in 1961, the DOP represents and serves the downtown business community through industry programming, civic engagement and strategic partnerships. For more information, visit www.doporlando.com.

About Ace Cafe
Ace Cafe is the most famous motor-diner on the planet. Since 1938, Ace Cafe London has been a mecca for those passionate about cars, bikes and rock ’n roll culture. The original location on London’s North Circular Road began as a transport cafe for truckers, then evolved into a popular destination for rock ‘n roll-loving teens riding motorbikes during the '50s and '60s. Today, the Ace has a multi-generational appeal from motorsports enthusiasts from all over the world. Ace Cafe North America holds the exclusive licensee rights in North America and South America for this world-famous brand. Ace Cafe Orlando is the first North American venue for Ace Cafe. Other Ace Cafe locations around the globe include London, Lahti, Beijing, Lucerne and Barcelona. For more information, visit www.acecafeusa.com.