For those of you who have been in the area for a while, East India Ice Cream Parlor might ring a bell. It was located on Park Avenue’s restaurant row in Winter Park just up the street from the Rollins campus. With their fantastic ice cream creations, delicious pastries, great coffee and wonderful sandwiches, it was a place to go to in that part of town! There was never a time that I went there that it was empty. It was very popular with people of all ages and appetites of all types. Who or what does not like ice cream?!! Particularly on weekends, my friends and I would go there to enjoy coffee and some Mogambo Extravaganza or other items on the menu.
So, it was a disappointing moment in my life when East India finally closed their front doors but I’ll always remember it fondly.
READ Orlando Sentinel article “Piece of Winter Park Dies With East India”, September 15, 1989.
“Margo and Doug Pertz, who ran the business since 1979, lost their lease – even though they said they were willing to pay quadrupled rent being demanded by the Jacksonville landlord. They got the news in writing last Saturday and locked the doors Sunday night.
Instead, the property owner has granted a new lease to Amy Elliot Lutz, former general manager of the Park Plaza Gardens restaurant, and David Albertson, who owns several Park Avenue properties. Lutz, who will pay $28.50 a square foot for the ground floor and half that amount for the balcony, said she plans to reopen the business around mid-November.”