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John Paonessa, co-owner of Hamburger Mary’s Orlando (Facebook | Website) with Mike Carpenter, has just announced that the concept will soon be moving out of downtown Orlando for greener pastures.

Hamburger Mary’s has been located at 110 W. Church Street [GMap], in the historic Bumby building, for the past 16 years, and according to Paonessa, has served almost two million people since it opened. They have been known for their ongoing drag performances, brunches, and events, and most recently for standing up to the State’s “Protection of Children Law,” Senate Bill 1438.

Paonessa shared that he was in talks with a number of venues that would be a great fit for a new Hamburger Mary’s location, but that they were open to suggestions from the public.

Their last day of service is scheduled for June 2.

This is the last business on that segment of Church Street west of the tracks to close, following the recent closure of Harry Buffalo’s.

Brendan O'Connor

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