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The Orlando Sentinel

After months of renovation, The Old Jailhouse in Sanford is ready to book — or should I say, accept — diners.

The restaurant is set inside a nearly 130-year-old building that has housed a blacksmith and wagon shop, a livery and stables, the Seminole County jail, the Seminole County Health Department, and a dry cleaners. It opens on Feb. 12 at 5 p.m.

Tasty Chomps

Now Open: The Old Jailhouse Sanford Restaurant in Historic Downtown Sanford

Reconstructed from the historic downtown Seminole county old jail first built in 1890 (almost 130 years ago!), this seasonal sun-belt inspired menu and bar is now open for “bookings” starting February 12th.

When it was first built, the building housed a blacksmith and wagon shop, then a livery feed and stable, then Seminole County Jail (from 1914 – 1959), Seminole County Health Department and then Sanford Dry Cleaners before becoming vacant prior to the renovations.

welcome to the old jailhouse is written on a door

It seemed like an eternity – kind of like waiting for Christmas when we were little, minus the fact that in this case you didn’t really know when exactly Christmas was actually happening – but the time has finally come: The Old Jailhouse in Historic Downtown Sanford is now OPEN to welcome new “inmates” (or visitors if you will). Compared to your traditional jailhouse though, you may want to actually “serve” some time in this one of a kind restaurant and bar! I mean, who wouldn’t want to be a jailbird and dine behind bars for a night in this beautiful historic building? We can 100% guarantee you lots of Instagram worthy shots inside this marvelously restored gem (be sure to use #theoldjailhouseSanford). Even though the restaurant and bar can accommodate up to 151 guests, we definitely recommend for the following weeks that you make a reservation if you are a party of 8 or more, or arrive early because for everyone else it’s first come first served.

tHE SIRICA FAMILY

THE SIRICA FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO “THE OLD JAILHOUSE” IN SANFORD, FLORIDA

WE ARE A RESTAURANT WHERE TRADITION LIVES THROUGH THREE GENERATIONS OF RESTAURANT OWNERSHIP

THROUGH THE HISTORICALLY INSPIRED ATMOSPHERE, OUR PASSION FOR FOOD AND FUN DATES BACK TO THE 1980’S WHEN OUR FAMILY OPENED ITS FIRST BAKERY AND DELI IN ORLANDO, AND WE HAVE BEEN SERVING THE CENTRAL FLORIDA AREA EVER SINCE

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR TIME SERVED AT “THE OLD JAILHOUSE”! 

BEFORE RENOVATION

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO SHOWING WHAT THE OLD JAILHOUSE LOOKED LIKE BEFORE RENOVATION. FEATURED ON WESH NEWS THREE YEARS AGO 

AFTER RENOVATION

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO SHOWING WHAT THE OLD JAILHOUSE LOOKED LIKE BEFORE RENOVATION . FEATURED ON WESH NEWS THREE YEARS AGO