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This rendering shows the new entrance to Old Town Kissimmee, featurinig a towering neon sign, Ferris wheel and restaurant fronting on W192 and a carousel-shaped outdoor bar.
This rendering shows the new entrance to Old Town Kissimmee, featurinig a towering neon sign, Ferris wheel and restaurant fronting on W192 and a carousel-shaped outdoor bar. (Old Town/ JLL)

Froggers Grill & Bar will open its fifth location at Kissimmee's Old Town, leasing the vacant 7,000-square-foot space at the northwest corner of the complex, formerly occupied by Kool Katz.

"It's a local sports bar concept," Old Town General Manager Thearon Scurlock told GrowthSpotter on Tuesday. "We just executed the lease. The space had been vacant for a couple of years, and they're going to be doing a full interior renovation. They'll go in for permits next week."

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Froggers opened its first location in Oveido in 1993. The locally owned sports bar also has locations in Apopka, Mount Dora and Altamonte Springs.

The announcement comes as Old Town owner The Travel Corp. is in the midst of a $20 million makeover of the 30-year-old complex. Scurlock said the center will open its new Italian-crafted Ferris Wheel as soon as the county issues a certificate of occupancy, possibly next week. A new jukebox-themed entry sign also will be installed on Monday.

An earlier concept for the expansion showed the new 6,500-square-foot restaurant on a separate outparcel, next to the Ferris wheel, and a 2-story retail building.
An earlier concept for the expansion showed the new 6,500-square-foot restaurant on a separate outparcel, next to the Ferris wheel, and a 2-story retail building. (Old Town/ JLL)

Neighboring Fun Spot Kissimmee announced plans to add a $10 million wooden roller coaster this year.

Old Town recently filed a revised site plan with Osceola County planners, adding new retail space to connect the existing shopping center with a planned 6,300-square-foot restaurant at the northeast corner of the property.

Old Town has filed a revised site plan adding five 1,000-square-foot retail spaces connecting the new restaurant to the existing building.  Froggers Bar & Grill has leased the vacant, 7,000-square-foot restuarant at the northwest corner of the complex.
Old Town has filed a revised site plan adding five 1,000-square-foot retail spaces connecting the new restaurant to the existing building.  Froggers Bar & Grill has leased the vacant, 7,000-square-foot restuarant at the northwest corner of the complex. (Osceola County)

The restaurant parcel, which is next to the new Ferris Wheel, has been in the works for a while. But company officials only recently decided to add five 1,000-square-foot tenant spaces.

"We have very few opportunities to add square footage, so we decided to go ahead and do 11,000 square feet," Scurlock said. "We're in active lease negotiations with a national chain for the restaurant. The smaller spaces are more appropriate for retail or quick serve concepts."

The revised site plan also highlights the new carousel-shaped outdoor bar concept, but reduces it by more than 1,000 square feet.

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