Gateway to the Beach

The Gateway restaurant will remain open, for now, at 219 E. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach.

The iconic Gateway Restaurant, known for breakfast fare at 219 E. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach, has been sold to Dr. Charles Duva along with other nearby property.

A rezoning request for his assembled properties was approved March 25 by the Daytona Beach Planning Board. The Beachside Redevelopment Board recommended March 10 approval 6-0.

Sources at the restaurant divulged the sale was largely due to health issues on the part of the former owner, but the restaurant would remain open at least until the end of the year with no obvious changes.

The original request made by attorney Rob Merrell III of Cobb Cole, on behalf Beaches ISB LLC, was to rezone 1.4 acres of land at the northeast and northwest corners of International Speedway Boulevard and Peninsula Drive in Daytona Beach from business automotive and business retail to planned development-redevelopment to develop a mixed-use project.

The northeast corner of the subject site includes a vacant gas station and car wash. The Gateway Restaurant and the Raven Daytona Church are on the northwest corner.

The overall proposal included developing a mixed-use project that was the site of the former Shell gas station, which has been vacant for more than 10 years. The proposed development includes rehabilitation of the existing car wash and the addition of a restaurant and package store with 25 parking spaces.

Earlier this year, Dr. Duva stated he intended to replace the restaurant with an 18-space parking lot and leave the commercial building that houses the church for future development. A range of potential commercial and retail uses may be included in the future.

City documents confirm the project application is consistent with and furthers the goals, objectives and policies of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and the adopted Main Street Redevelopment Plan.

Gateway won't get paved over anytime soon, though.

Dr. Duva said on April 14, “The restaurant will remain as it is for an undetermined period of time. The restaurant just renewed its state license for the next year.”

The item is tentatively scheduled to be heard by the Daytona Beach City Commission for first reading April 21 with a second reading (including a public hearing) May 5.

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