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Hourglass Social House One of 7 Most Beautiful Gas Station Conversions

Updated: Feb 20



The Hourglass Social House was named one of America's 7 most beautiful gas station conversions last year by Architectural Digest. The magazine gave praise for the space's reclaimed wood, greenery walls, and metal channel frame accents. It says the building is circa-1977. The grand opening for the newly renovated space was held in July 2018.


It's located at 2401 Curry Ford Road (MAP) in the Hourglass District which sits within the Curry Ford West district.





It was developed by National Real Estate (WEB), the company that created the Hourglass District, renovated the Milk District building at Robinson & Bumby which features Stasio's Italian Deli, announced plans to turn a car wash into a micro-shopping center, and announced plans to purchase and renovate Colonial Lanes bowling alley in the Milk District.





Hourglass Social House features indoor and outdoor seating, monthly events, an operational gas station, and several small businesses inside including Foxtail Coffee, Leguminati vegan eatery, Tamale Co Mexican restaurant, and Le Ky Patisserie bakery.


  1. Leguminati offers a full menu of plant-based breakfast, lunch, and dinner options seven days a week. Their menu includes their already famous CrunchWraps along with sandwiches, salads and more.

  2. Foxtail Coffee offers a full espresso coffee bar, cold & nitro brew, and more.

  3. Tamale Co sells tamale platters with beef, chicken, vegetarian or vegan fillings, tacos platters, breakfast, sangria, and wine.

  4. Le Ky Patisserie is a Vietnamese bakery and banh mi shop.





Taking an old building, cleaning it up, and using it for a new purpose is called Adaptive Reuse. There are several adaptive reuse projects in Central Florida that are recently completed, currently in the works or in the planning stages.


A 40,000 SF former citrus packing plant in Winter Garden will become a dedicated space for artisanal food and eateries, retail, art, community meeting space called The Packing Plant.


Two buildings connected by an alley in downtown Mount Dora became a 32-vendor 9,000 SF indoor public market called Mount Dora Marketplace.


A 16,000 SF building across from Orlando City Soccer's stadium will become a food and retail development called Central City Station.


A 7,000 SF building at 1100 S. Orlando Avenue in Winter Park will soon house 3 to 4 food and retail tenants and be called Mills Place.


A 7,500 SF empty bank at 360 E. Horatio Ave in Maitland will be turned into a food hall-esque multi-tenant food & retail space called Maitland Market.




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