Nightclub History-The worst fire in Orlando’s history broke out on Jan. 12, 1884, destroying a newspaper along with grocery, millinery and drug stores.
In the disaster’s wake, a Rollins College chemist named Norman Robinson set out to create a fireproof building. It wasn’t a bad idea. The city of Orlando didn’t have a fire department at the time and wouldn’t organize one until the following year. Robinson created concrete blocks at his laboratory near Park Lake, which might have been used in the construction in 1884 of 63 E. Pine St., according to city records.
Team Market Group LLC — which operates nightlife venues such as Tier Nightclub and Mathers Social Gathering — plans to open The Robinson Cocktail Room on the top floor of 63. E. Pine St. It’s the latest concept for the growing company, which announced in June it was expanding into Jacksonville with a new Mathers.
“Norman Robinson’s quest for invention and discovery is what inspired us to want to evolve the Robinson Building into a venue featuring an innovative and progressive cocktail program and culinary approach that we hope would have made Norman proud,” said Keith Mawardi, who founded Team Market Group in 2006 with his brother, Romi Mawardi.