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Colliers International Gainesville Facilitates 43rd Street Deli’s Purchase of 4,500 Square Foot Building in NW Gainesville (Formerly Francesca’s Trattoria)


Purchase will become new location for the restaurant’s northwest location in Gainesville

Gainesville, Fla. – December 11, 2020 – Colliers International’s GNV Commercial Advisory Team has successfully represented the Ownership of 43rd Street Deli & Breakfast House (the buyer), in the purchase of a 4,500 square foot stand-alone building located at 4410 NW 25th Place in Gainesville, Florida. The transaction closed on December 11, 2020.

43rd Street Deli will be moving across the street after 38 years in the Le Pavillon Shopping and Dining Center. The new location formerly housed Francesca’s Trattoria, a popular Italian restaurant that closed during the pandemic. 43rd Street Deli is a family-owned business that has won awards and accolades for ‘Best Deli’ and ‘Best Breakfast House’ in Gainesville. They plan to open in their new location by the beginning of Q2 2021. 

“After almost four decades in our current location, we are excited for the new opportunity to provide the same excellent customer service plus quality of food our patrons have come to know and love. Working with Dan and his team from Colliers International was a pleasure. Purchasing a restaurant during the pandemic came with its challenges and through Dan’s persistence and organization, we were able to secure this building which will serve us for generations to come.” – Paul Cakmis, Owner 43rd Street Deli and Breakfast House

“It was a great experience to work with the 43rd Street Deli team throughout this transaction. I am excited for what the future holds for this Gainesville staple.” – Dan Drotos, Senior Director Colliers International

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Dan Drotos

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As the Senior Vice President of the Gainesville office for Colliers, Dan leads the firm's presence in Alachua County and the surrounding sub-markets by providing commercial real estate solutions for his clients. His team specializes in commercial and land transactions (sales & leasing) including office, retail, industrial, and multi-family. With well over 100 years of combined local knowledge and service, they strive to continuously raise the bar for their clientele. 

Prior to joining Colliers International, Dan served as Vice President of the Commercial and Land Division at an independent firm in Gainesville where he was a partner in The Drotos Ryals Group. His team has successfully transacted over $1 billion in local (Alachua County) commercial real estate. Dan holds both a Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) and Master of Building Construction (MBC) from the University of Florida along with multiple professional designations, including Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He also also serves in several industry, civic, and non-profit organizations such as: The Urban Land Institute, Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida, First Federal Bank of  Florida, United Way, and Leadership Gainesville.

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Rory Causseaux

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Rory graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in civil engineering and has spent the past 35 years in Gainesville as a professional consultant in the land-development industry. Shortly following his graduation, Rory founded CHW Professional Consultants. Serving the company for the last 30 years, Rory’s roles shifted from Vice to President, to CEO and later to Founder. Under Rory’s leadership, the company grew from 13 employees to 85 employees and increased its gross revenue to well over $10 million.

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Lauren Edwards

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Lauren, being born and raised in Gainesville, is extremely familiar with Gainesville and its surrounding areas. She graduated with an Associate Degree in Psychology from Santa Fe College. However, Lauren soon realized her true passion in real estate and has not looked back since. 

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