The Imperial Winter Park (Facebook) opened at 170 E. Morse Boulevard [GMap] in March 2019, in the former home of Clean Beauty Bar, led by John Washburn of Washburn Imports.

The five-year-old business was forced to close this month when a new building owner chose not to renew any of the existing leases, forcing them to close up shop. We reached out to Washburn who shared that he is hoping to move somewhere nearby on Park Avenue.

“A new owner bought our building in Winter Park and has their own plans for that building so we had to relocate. The location that we are planning on moving to on Park Avenue is not ready until the summer of 2024 so we are moving the current Winter Park kitchen to our Ivanhoe location. We are planning on keeping the restaurant open in Ivanhoe Village once we get that together but when our lease begins in Winter Park, we will move part of that staff there. The goal is to keep the restaurant component open in Ivanhoe Village, and also open on Park Ave. “


Washburn went on to say that his staff had a number of months to secure jobs at other businesses.

An exact address is yet to be shared publicly, as the space is currently occupied by an existing tenant. Once open, the new space will allegedly have more room for live music and an expanded menu.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of

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