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Coastal Grill closes in Port Orange and Dahlia Mexican Kitchen set for spot

Coastal Grill closes in Port Orange and Dahlia Mexican Kitchen set for spot

PORT ORANGE — Stonewood Holdings is closing its Coastal Grill & Raw Bar seafood restaurant here, but the standalone building won’t be empty for long.

The building at 1078 Dunlawton Ave. is set to become the newest location for Dahlia Mexican Kitchen whose founder/owner has agreed to lease and renovate it.

The Port Orange location is expected to open in June as the third Dahlia eatery for the locally owned regional Mexican cuisine chain.

Owner Kabir Bhakta opened his first Dahlia Mexican Kitchen in Flagler Beach in 2017 and added a second one at The Shoppes at One Daytona in Daytona Beach two years later. He also recently opened a restaurant called Burger Ten at One Daytona. Burger Ten held its grand opening on March 3.

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This is the Dahlia Mexican Kitchen restaurant that opened in 2019 at the Shoppes at One Daytona, across from Daytona International Speedway. Owner Kabir Bhakta plans to open a Dahlia eatery in Port Orange in June 2022 where Coastal Grill & Raw Bar used to be.

‘Difficult decision’

Stonewood Restaurant Group informed Coastal Grill’s employees on Monday of its decision to close the Port Orange eatery at the end of the evening Tuesday. The restaurant had been in business three-and-a-half years.

“It was a difficult decision. It’s never easy,” said Tyler Williams, president and chief operating officer for Stonewood Restaurant Group.

“The last couple of years (since the COVID-19 pandemic hit) have been the most challenging years ever experienced in the restaurant industry,” said Williams. “After thoughtful considerations and as part of our restructuring plans, we have decided to close Coastal Grill & Raw Bar on March 23, 2022. This strategic decision will allow us to be in a better position to execute our company’s growth plan.”