Dillon's Cinnamon Sticks employees

Dillon's Cinnamon Sticks employees prepared and delivered meals for each of the 17 staff members at Citrus County Animal Services (CCAS). 


The mystery is solved.

I received several phone calls and e-mails the past few weeks about what is going to be built on the cleared parcel in front of the Winn-Dixie shopping center, at the corner of County Road 491 and Truman Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

There were rumors of an Aldi, a grocery store. Could it be Starbucks?

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It turns out the half-acre site will be the new, larger home of Citrus Ridge Realty. The business currently operates out of a small storefront at 3521 County Road 491 in the shopping center. Broker Kirk Johnson said the new site will be larger and better able to serve customers.

The question now is, ‘What will go into the soon-to-be-vacant realty office? Stay tuned.


If you’ve driven  by the corner of State Road 44 and Pleasant Grove Road in Inverness, you’ll notice the buildings at West Gate Plaza have been demolished to make way for the county’s first Culver’s restaurant.

Tentative opening is December.

The rumors are getting louder that there will be a second new tenant next to Culver’s. I don’t like to write about rumors so I won’t say that it could be a well-known, national coffee chain with a green-colored siren as its logo.

 Glory Days Grill

It’s still coming. I promise.

I’ve gotten a few inquiries on this new restaurant, to be located on the southwest corner of State Road 44 and County Road 486 in Lecanto, by the McDonald’s.

If you drive by, you’ll see the land cleared. The last word I got from the Virginia-based chain is that Glory Days Grill could open in January 2022.

There’s also a tire store coming to that intersection and I will have details soon.

Havana House

The owners of Havana House Cafe in Lecanto closed the doors in September 2020 because they were unable to stay afloat with the economic shutdown caused by the pandemic.

The restaurant, at 1227 County Road 491, just south of the State Road 44 intersection, was a local favorite with folks wanting a Taste of the Tropics.”

StoreRight Self Storage has requested a site improvement plan from the county to demolish the old restaurant to make way for a new boat/RV storage facility.

 Twice Blessed is newest U-Haul dealer

Twice Blessed, a thrift store at 5015 N. Citrus Ave. in Crystal River, is now a U-Haul neighborhood dealer, according to U-Haul spokeswoman Andrea Batchelor.

The store will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment and moving supplies. 

U-Haul has been teaming up with independent dealers since 1945. With the COVID-19 outbreak creating challenging times for small businesses, more than 20,000 dealers across the U.S. and Canada are creating supplemental income through this partnership, Batchelor said.

Tip of the Hat

I started this feature in last month’s Comings & Goings. It’s a chance to give kudos to a business that has achieved an honor or done something to help the community.

This week’s tip of the hat goes to: Dillon’s Cinnamon Sticks in Inverness.

On June 25, restaurant staffers prepared and delivered meals for all 17 staff members at Citrus County Animal Services (CCAS). 

Owner Ron Dillon said he wanted to recognize CCAS “because they are good people doing good things in our community.”

If you know of a business that’s gone out of its way or won recognition, send it to me at mbates@chronicleonline.com

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or mbates@chronicleonline.com. To see more of his stories, visit  tinyurl.com/y6kb23vv.

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Glory Days Grill. Did you mean 486 and 491 not 486 and Hwy 44 as you indicated?

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