Stonewood Grill & Tavern, the Ormond Beach based restaurant company, has closed its Dr. Phillips location. The closing, which was unannounced and came as a surprise to employees, occurred at the end of service on Tuesday, March 28. The reason, according to someone within the company, was underperformance. Only that location is affected.
The Dr. Phillips Stonewood opened in 2001 and was the company’s ninth restaurant and second in the Greater Orlando area; a Stonewood Grill & Tavern had opened previously in Heathrow.
As I noted in my review of December 21, 2001, the Dr. Phillips Stonewood was a big hit with people in that neighborhood and seemed to be a new go-to place for socializing. (Note the line about people having a place to go to smoke.)
Stonewood Restaurant Group has 11 remaining Stonewood locations, all within Florida. It is also the parent company of Peach Valley Cafe, a breakfast and lunch restaurant, which has six location, three in the Orlando area, including one behind the now-closed Dr. Phillips Stonewood. A call to the corporate office for comment was not immediately returned.
According to someone with the company, employees displaced by the closing of the Stonewood Grill are being offered positions at the Dr. Phillips Peach Valley.
In addition, customers who purchased gift certificates for the Dr. Phillips Stonewood Grill & Tavern may redeem them at any other Stonewood Grill or at any Peach Valley Cafe.