After 10 years on Sand Lake Road’s Restaurant Row, Antonio’s has closed. Owner Greg Gentile says he closed the restaurant two-weeks ago when his lease expired.
Antonio’s Sand Lake was a third location for the Antonio’s brand, which includes the flagship restaurant and deli, Antonio’s La Fiamma, in Maitland and Cafe d’Antonio in Celebration. Gentile said when he first opened on Sand Lake, the restaurant was very popular with both locals and visitors, drawing big crowds of conventioneers, sometimes doing $80,000 to $90,000 in just three days. Most restaurants would be happy to do that much in a month. “That’s not happening anymore,” he said. With the strained economy, the convention business is not as lucrative these days. Plus, he said, the proliferation of restaurants along Sand Lake Road has increased the competition, especially since the opening of the Dellagio complex.