The latest restos to jump on the brunch bandwagon: Osprey Tavern, Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Two Chefs Seafood & Oyster Bar, Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Slate, Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
There's been a fair bit of construction in the former site of Elliott's Public House. The renovated space will soon be home to Nova Restaurant, operated by Atlanta-based 101 Concepts.
Teriyaki Madness has opened its first of five planned Florida locations at Colonial Plaza. The restaurant franchise is owned by Brevard Achievement Center, a nonprofit that provides job training and life skills support to disabled adults. Profits will help fund BAC's programs and offer a route to employment for BAC clients.
A five-course dinner with vintage cocktails is how Ruth's Chris Steakhouse will celebrate its 50th anniversary, Aug. 20, at all three area locations. Cost is $90 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made at ruthschris.com.
Fusion 360, in the former American Gymkhana space on Sand Lake Road, had its official grand opening July 24. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m.-2 a.m., the Indian restaurant will give way to the Kerala Lounge, featuring DJs, dancing, bottle service and a late-night menu.
OPENINGS Da, it's true: Tsar Lounge in South Eola has opened ... Blaze Pizza ("Custom Built Fast Fire'd Artisanal Pizzas") opens soon in the University Commons complex near UCF. Another location is planned for Downtown Disney next year ... A sign for "Pop Thai Restaurant" now hangs on the former Yum-Mi space ... Tabla Bar & Grill has revamped its interior as well as its menu, which now includes Indian, Chinese and Thai dishes ... Look for Jacksonville's popular breakfast-and-brunch chain Metro Diner to open in Altamonte Springs before the end of the year ... Square 1 Burgers & Bar will open in the Corner Commons plaza (currently under renovation) on the corner of Orlando and Minnesota avenues in Winter Park ... Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, the much-lauded tapas chain, opens next to Christini's in the Marketplace in Dr. Phillips in summer 2016. The restaurant will feature an extensive list of 400-500 Spanish wines as well... Look for Cork & Fork American Grill to open in the former Belle Isle Bayou space on Conway Road.
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