As first reported by Steven Ryzewski for Orlando Business Journal, St. Matthew’s Tavern has been purchased by Team Market Group.

St. Matthew’s Tavern (Facebook | Website), a local dive bar/beer garden located at 1300 N Mills Avenue [GMap] in the Mills 50 District known for its “anything goes” aesthetic and atmosphere, opened in December 2013. The bar, owned by longtime local bartender Matt Fassl, was known for having a set of church pews in the main dance floor area where members of  St. Dorothy Catholic Community would meet for Mass every Sunday — which led many locals to refer to it simply as “Church Bar.” Fassl purchased the building from his landlord in December 2018 before moving out-of-state during the pandemic.

The new owners of St. Matthew’s Tavern, Team Market Group (Website), who we wrote about just yesterday when they purchased special events venue, The Acre, in College Park, have shared that they plan to keep things as-is for the immediate future though they are definitely cooking up plans for a new concept in the building once they clean it up. A timeline for a new concept for the space is not public at this time.

Team Market Group, or TMG, currently owns and operates Mather’s Social Gathering, The Wellborn, Taco Kat, Plantee’s, and The Robinson, with plans for other properties to open soon, including fire-based restaurant concept, Eastwood (Instagram), opening just up the street at 1024 N. Mills Avenue [GMap].

TMG is currently finishing up the long-awaited renovations of Colonial Lanes in the Milk District, which is expected to open sometime this spring.

Brendan O'Connor

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