by Jacki Mick
It pains us to have to tell you about five more Orlando restaurants that have recently ceased operations, especially during Bite30, our month-long foodie celebration, which is going on RIGHT THIS SECOND.
On Sunday, Memories of India on Turkey Lake Road served its last plate of saffron shrimp and basmati rice. According to the owners, there simply wasn't enough business to stay open any longer. If you still have a Indian food itch that only the food from Memories can scratch, you're in luck: The restaurant's Lake Mary location will remain open.
Open since late last year, Meltz just couldn't cut it in the cutthroat fancy grilled cheese market. Yes, they offered more than just melted cheese between bread, with a full sandwich menu and accompanying soups, but either their tucked-behind-an-escalator location or lukewarm online reviews forced them to serve their last sandwich last month.
In other disappointing sandwich news, Philly-based Primo Hoagies on John Young Parkway unceremoniously (and shockingly) closed its doors last month. We're shedding a silent tear for this one, as it was, without a doubt, one of our favorite hoagie joints in Orlando.
With all the recent name changes, it should come as no surprise that O'Town Pizza & Wing Co. in College Park is temporarily closed. Most recently, the former Alfonso's was taken over by the owner of the building and turned into O'Town Pizza, after going through an awkward transition to Alfonso's Sports Bar. The building owner plans to reopen the restaurant once he finds a management team to run the daily operations.
Our foodie insiders have also alerted us about the closing of Santos Brazilian Restaurant & Churrascaria. Housed in the former Flavors of India space on South Kirkman Road, Santos' lunchtime buffet is sure to be missed by those who spend their 9-to-5s in that area.
Once again, we'll make this plea: If there's a restaurant you absolutely love, go and go often. Share it with your friends. And if you're looking to discover something new, try out this month's Bite30 event. It's really the best (and cheapest) way to check out the Orlando foodie scene.