Goff’s Drive-In destroyed by fire

Landmark ice product stand Goff’s Drive-In was weakened in a hearth Friday and is shut. The fireplace is beneath investigation and is thought to have started off in a restroom. There had been no accidents.

The stand, at 212 S. Orange Blossom Path in Orlando, opened in June 1948 and is a person of the oldest foods functions in city. David Porter, a former colleague of mine from the Orlando Sentinel, reminisced on Facebook that when Goff’s opened, its owner permitted Black and white shoppers to purchase from the exact same counter. “The KKK warned him,” wrote Porter, “but when he persisted, the ‘Bed Sheet Boys’ blew up the ice-cream stand one particular night in 1951 (all-around the exact time they killed Harry and Harriette Moore in Mims).”

In accordance to information sources, Goff’s present operator, Todd Peacock, experienced been in a dispute over parking with a neighboring assets owner. Previously this thirty day period, surveillance footage from Goff’s showed a gentleman strolling powering the constructing with a bag moments later smoke was observed coming from the shop.

Peacock has vowed to reopen.


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