12 new Orlando restaurants, in order of “open now” to “opening soon” to “opening someday”

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PHOTO VIA SAMMY'S GELATO AND WAFFLES ON FACEBOOK
  • photo via Sammy's Gelato and Waffles on Facebook

Over at the new Florida Mall Dining Pavilion, Puerto Rico's El Meson Sandwiches has opened their first state-side sandwich shop.

On Lee Road, La Gordita Loca has opened in the former Draft House Pub location. (No website or Facebook yet, but some intrepid Yelpers have been by.)

The fifth Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant has opened on Narcoossee Road in Lake Nona. 

Sammy’s Gelato & Waffles has opened on Alafaya Trail near UCF. 

Big Daddy's Grill, advertising "the biggest sandwiches in Florida," has opened on South Goldenrod Road.

Chef Jason Schofield (Maddey's Craft & Cru) will open This 'n That Eats mid-June in the former Alpine Cafe space in Ivanhoe Village. The eatery is being touted as a global sandwich, bakery and coffee shop, but will also feature Turkish and world street foods. 

The mega-popular Miami-based burger joint Pincho Factory is renovating space in Dr. Phillips and plans to open ASAP. 

PHOTO VIA GENOA'S HEROES ON FACEBOOK
  • photo via Genoa's Heroes on Facebook
Also on Lee Road, look for Genoa’s Heroes to open any day now in the old Green Day Cafe space. They feature “over-stuffed subs” and if the pictures on their Facebook page are anything to go by, the bread looks legit.

Look for Tapa Toro (a "Tapas Bar and Paella Pit") to open at I-Drive 360 the second week of June. 

Tampa's Bavaro's Pizzeria Napoletana & Pastaria will open an outpost in Winter Springs June 10. 

Look for Fuzzy's Taco Shop to open near Seminole State College in Sanford by September, followed by more Fuzzy's-es in Sarasota, Tampa and Fort Myers areas over the next six years.

Look for Black Rooster Taqueria to open sometime in September. According to owner John Calloway, construction/renovations will commence next week.

And, of course, we're still waiting for that PR's to open in College Park.




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