Bumby Arcade Food Hall construction progresses after Pepe’s Cantina closes

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In a microcosm of the rapidly changing nature of Orlando commercial real estate, two major updates were made to Church Street last week. Pepe’s Cantina’s downtown Orlando location closed for good as construction on the Bumby Arcade Food Hall progressed.

Bumby Arcade is one of the countless upcoming food halls in the Orlando area. To the uninitiated, a food court may seem like just a food court turned into something else via the magical pixie powder of “winning the interest of the rich”. Think about how caravans became “glamping” or how modular homes became the darling of architecture magazines. Like that, but for the tacos.

The takeover of the historic building is a kind of revitalization, bringing new life to yet another reincarnation of Church Street.

A wooden fence has been erected around the site, signaling that construction is progressing. the Orlando Business Journal notes that the space has not yet been fully leased by vendors looking for a cheaper way to start their restaurant business.


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