Three young men strolling Duval Street the other night were amused enough by the Mangoes restaurant sign to stop and take selfies.
“Welcome to Mangoes!” the sign reads atop a vacant brick dining area with whatever tables are left stacked against the building at 700 Duval Street and the intersection of Angela.
The prime corner location, which has held a restaurant since the 1940s, has been dark since Mangoes closed last month and changed hands from restauranteur Joe Walsh to property owner Daniel Dingeman, who bought the place for $4.1 million in 2006.
Dingeman, in a press release June 28, said renovations will begin this month and he will re-open Mangoes, which dates back to 1980, this fall with an emphasis on its original roots.
“It’s kind of like Mangoes 2.0,” Dingeman said. “We want to bring back the Mangoes everyone loved and raved about but make it even more wonderful.”
Walsh’s Tropical Soup company ran Mangoes for the past decade, after Amy Culver and Giorgio Aversa ran it for 16 years. But when the lease ended June 30, Walsh’s team was unable to negotiate a new one, according to an unsigned typed notice hanging out front.
The notice welcomes diners to five other Key West restaurants Walsh runs, including the newly opened Waterfront Brewery at the Key West Historic Seaport and three other eateries on Duval.
Dingeman, a 25-year Key West resident, was behind the transformation of the Copa nightclub in the 600 block of Duval into Wyland Galleries. He says 700 Duval St. will be reborn in similiar fashion.
“Watch as it comes back to life,” Dingeman said.
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