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Ronnie’s Restaurant

Newcomers to Orlando keep hearing about this fabulous place, Ronnie’s.  Tell us more about it – why was it your favorite place to go? What was the best thing on the menu?


ABOVE: Menu cover circa 1994, Ronnies Restaurant at Colonial Plaza at the corner of Colonial Drive and Primrose Avenue.

Library staff members Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck reminisce about Ronnie’s in this October 21, 2009 chat.

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ABOVE: From the matchbook collection of Fred Houk

Long time citrus professional and Central Florida resident Fred Houk spent his years on the road documenting Florida historical markers that eventually won him honors in 1987 from the Florida Cabinet. Retired now, Mr. Houk has amassed the largest matchbook collection in the state of Florida.

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Check out this blog in internet archives on Ronnie’s featuring recipes!


ABOVE:  Night view of Ronnies Restaurant at Colonial Plaza at the corner of Colonial and Primrose.

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Fred Houk Matchbooks 11

Matchbook covers from the famous Ronnie's Restaurant which was located at Colonial Plaza.

Ronnie's Menu Cover

From Ronnie's Restaurant at the time they closed around 1994.

Ronnie's Menu Cover

From Ronnie's Restaurant at the time they closed around 1994.

Ronnie's Menu Cover

From Ronnie's Restaurant at the time they closed around 1994.

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Interview with Fred Houk

10-20-09 interview with long time citrus professional and Central Florida resident Fred Houk. Mr. Houk spent his years on the road documenting Florida historical markers that eventually won him honors in 1987 from the Florida Cabinet. Mr. Houk participated in getting the official spelling of Lake Jesup corrected to use only one "s" (after General Thomas Sidney Jesup). Retired now, Mr. Houk has amassed the largest matchbook collection in the state of Florida.




10-21-09 Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck Int Pt 10 (Ronnie's Restaurant)

Library staff members Mike Worrell and Charlie Hoeck reminisce about Ronnie's Restaurant in this October 21, 2009 chat.




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Ronnie's Restaurant Menu

Ronnie's Restaurant menu cover. This is the bottom  half the a Ronnies Restaurant Menu from about 1994 when the closed.



Comments to “Ronnie’s Restaurant”

  1. J. Littlejohn says:

    Loved this place in the early 90’s. I was going through NFAS (Nuclear Field A School) and this place was wonderful. It was truly a class act. The decor was such a throwback to the early 60s. They really took great care in presentation and their menu was voluminous. I loved grabbing a coffee and pastry in the evenings come times. Sad that it’s gone, but maybe someday it might be revived.

    • Kim P says:

      Thanks for visiting the Ronnies Restaurant post on Orlando Memory! Ronnies was amazing, especially if you didn’t have much cash! The free bread and butter and pickles could fill you up! They had great deli sandwiches and the breakfast was amazing! I don’t know of another place like it in Orlando!

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