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Downtown Orlando restaurant Elize closes doors on Church Street

The interior of Elize restaurant in downtown Orlando on October 30, 2019. Credit The Daily City

Elize restaurant (Facebook | Instagram) in downtown Orlando has closed its doors for good. The closure was blamed on "the large economic impact resulting from the coronavirus pandemic."

Elize opened for business Wednesday October 27, 2019 at 55 West Church Street (MAP) in the space formerly occupied by The Rusty Spoon restaurant. Owner Michelle Lagerweij had purchased the business from the Rusty Spoon owners and made one of the Spoon Chefs, Chef Reanna McNamara, the head Chef at its opening according to Scott Joseph.

Elize made the announcement about the closure on its Facebook page: "Although we recently reopened our doors to an immensely positive response, the large economic impact resulting from the coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible for us to sustain operations. It’s therefore with a heavy heart that we have to announce that tonight Elize is permanently closing its doors. A huge thank you to our staff, guests, suppliers and family for all the support."

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