Smiling Bison to open second restaurant in Sanford


The Smiling Bison's Duck Lovers pizza — one of the 20 local dishes we love right now. - PHOTO BY HANNAH GLOGOWER
  • photo by Hannah Glogower
  • The Smiling Bison's Duck Lovers pizza — one of the 20 local dishes we love right now.

Seminole County blog The Bokey reports that the owners of the Smiling Bison gastropub plan a second location in downtown Sanford, to occupy the Magnolia Square spot formerly home to Marco Dino Ristorante.

Chef Josh Oakley was quoted as saying that he and his business partner, Ron Thomas, have not yet decided whether the Sanford restaurant will carry the Smiling Bison moniker or another name. Oakley and Thomas are also trying to finalize the menu concept.

“It will be similar to what we’re doing now – a focus on the craft of cooking using the freshest ingredients and making everything from scratch,” Oakley said. The new restaurant will offer several craft beers as well as a full liquor bar.

One of Oakley's signature dishes, the Duck Lover's pizza, recently claimed a spot in our June 3 cover story, "The 20 local dishes we absolutely love right now." The Smiling Bison will also represent at Bite Night on Monday, June 29.

Chef Josh Oakley in his kitchen on Bennett Road - PHOTO BY ROB BARTLETT
  • photo by Rob Bartlett
  • Chef Josh Oakley in his kitchen on Bennett Road

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