Out with an Italian restaurant, and in with a sports bar.

Romano's Macaroni Grill in Waterford Lakes will be replaced by Duffy's Sports Grill, set to open this May.

Although there isn't a clear reason as to why the Italian cuisine closed down, a sign left on the door by a contractor reads a "suspicious place on the job." Its Facebook page states it is "permanently closed."

The door sign also reads "Duffy's of Waterford Lakes" as the replacement property name.

With the closest Duffy's Orlando location being near the Mall at Millenia, the anticipated Waterford location may be more convenient for UCF students.

Popular menu options include starters, wings, burgers, grill specialties, pasta, sandwiches, desserts as well as bar options.


Marina Guerges is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at

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