Not condemned, 601 Main Street Daytona Beach is Now Diesel Bar & Grill
According to a post by James J. Ellis, the building on Main Street was built by his father in 1977. “He built it for my Grandmother Ruth Carter (Ellis). It was Ellis Fruit Store. She made fresh squeezed orange juice and Fruit salad. Ruth also delivered juice to all the Beach wagons and local bars. She also shipped Fruit. Many times, busses would stop by before heading out of town and we would load them up. If you were a lifeguard in the 60s or 70s you surely visited my grandmother for fresh squeezed OJ and Fruit Salad. My Grandmother rented the building at 605 Main St. In the 60s and 70s till dad built her this building.
In the late 80s the freezes and diseases that ravaged the citrus industry forced us to become Ellis Grocery, a convenience store.
We built the Upper deck in 1994-1995. It was the Brothers Upper Deck bar. Which I and my 3 brothers Rob Ellis Timothy Lee Ellis and Jody Ellis ran during bike weeks. My mother Judie Ellis and father Joe Ellis ran the convenience store. They are still alive and are 80 and 82 respectively. We sold the building in February of 2000.
Our sources tell us the building has been purchased and the new owners are reconstructing the outdoor deck and will be hosting Bike Week this year. Most recently an attempt to get things started was by Grammy Award winner Trae Pierce which was only open for weeks before shutting down.
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