DAYTONA BEACH – With only wooden frames to divide them, it’s hard to distinguish the indoor bar from the main dining room on the construction site of the new Cocina 214, but the restaurant’s defining design element is instantly apparent.
“Look at this view,” said Lambrine Macejewski, the Tex-Mex restaurant’s co-founder, partner and business manager, gesturing from the entrance past skeletal wooden frames that will soon support oceanfront picture windows on the restaurant’s east side. “From the moment you walk in, it’s special. It’s breathtaking.”
Macejewski on Tuesday offered a tour of the restaurant’s construction site at 451 S. Atlantic Ave., just north of the Volusia County lifeguard headquarters and SunSplash Park in Daytona Beach.
Cocina 214 is part of a two-restaurant development on the 6-acre lot that also will include a Landshark Bar & Grill, a separately owned restaurant to be operated by Orlando-based IMCMV, licensee of the restaurant chain started by Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Holdings company.
Consolidated-Tomoka is the landowner and developer of the $6 million dual-restaurant project.
Both restaurants are slated to open in tandem in time for the start of Speedweeks, which kicks off with the Rolex 24 at Daytona race at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 27, Macejewski confirmed on Tuesday.