Thornton Park food and entertainment hotspot Wildside BBQ Bar and Grille will close this weekend and Graffiti Junktion will replace it.
The restaurant and bar at 700 E. Washington St. will shut down at the close of business on Sunday, said manager Lindsay Holt.
The facility will be closed for a few weeks as Orlando-based burger and bar chain Graffiti Junktion renovates and takes over.
Graffiti Junktion is moving from its spot two blocks away at 900 E. Washington St.
Wildside BBQ Bar and Grille has about 22 employees. Staff found out about the closing last week, Holt said.
“Some people are interviewing with Graffiti and others are just calling it a day,” Holt said.
Wildside is hosting a final night party Sunday called “Graffiti on Wildside.”
Graffiti Junktion is an Orlando-based chain of restaurants known for burgers and beers. It is run by Greg Peters.
Wildside BBQ Bar and Grille is owned by Rosario Poma, who is also a co-owner of the Pulse nightclub. A company owned by Poma owns the property where Wildside is located. Poma plans to remain the owner of the property.