The former Spanish sugar mill will change ownership
The longtime operator of the former Spanish sugar mill in DeLeon Springs State Park, Schwarze Enterprises, has been outbid by a competitor for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s deal to provide services to visitors – including kayak rentals, a gift shop and the operation of the beloved Old Spanish Sugar Mill — The tag confirmed on August 8.
The winning bid was made by Guest Services Inc.
In a statement, the current owners said: “After 61 years, the former Spanish sugar factory will close its landing doors.
Under the new agreement, the new owners, Guest Services Inc., are required to provide the same “one-of-a-kind building dining experience.”
Schwarze Enterprises will stop operating the restaurant on September 12.
“We sincerely thank you for making us your ‘go-to’ when you have company or crave chocolate chip pancakes. Thank you again for sharing memories with us. The Sugar Mill was without a doubt the coolest breakfast restaurant in America,” the company said in a statement.
The contract with Schwarze Entreprises began in 1961 and was renewed every 5 years.
Information about the process can be found here: https://www.floridastateparks.org/call-business-plans-de-leon-springs-state-park