It's a done deal: 4 Rivers Smokehouse will open on the ground floor of Orlando City Hall this fall.
Better Than Sex, a dessert and cocktail restaurant based in Key West, is moving into the Wolfie's Pizzamia space. They plan to open late September or early October, while Wolfie's will close sometime in July.
If the first batch of brews is any indication, Ten 10 Brewing is sure to be an anchor on Virginia Drive. With Gnarly Barley planning a move to the 'hood and Thirsty Topher planning to move into the old Cindy's Tropical Cafe space, we may as well call this stretch the Brewski Belt.
Look for Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House to open in the old Sizzler/Houlihan's site on I-Drive this August. The restaurant will boast a 1,200-item wine list.
Croissant Gourmet will open in the former Sweet Shoppe space in downtown Lake Mary at the end of August, while their College Park bakery won't open until the end of September.
OPENINGS Toasted Crafted Grilled Cheese & Burgers is poised to open any day now on Narcoossee Road in Lake Nona ... 5 & Diner, a '50s-style diner with 12 signature burgers and breakfast service, has opened in Avalon Park ... Tsar, a high-end bar and lounge, will open in the former DTA speakeasy space in the 101 Eola building ... The Shisha Bowl, serving up hookah pipes, craft beers and kava shots, has opened on East Washington Street ... Pier 407 Cajun Crab & Seafood has opened in the former Dawat/Kurry & Kabab Express space on East Colonial Drive near Rouse Road ... Also on East Colonial Drive, Korea House is open in the space briefly home to Bamboo Sushi.
EVENTS Fogo de Chão hosts a Celebrate the South American Harvest wine dinner (June 24) at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $95 per person ... Chef's Night at the Second Harvest Food Bank, June 25, will see Rusty Spoon's Kathleen Blake whip up a four-course meal with wine. Cost is $75 ... Blake, along with Henry Salgado, Kevin Fonzo, James and Julie Petrakis, Josh Oakley and many more, will be guest chefs at Bite Night June 29 at the Orchid Garden and Ballroom. Tickets are still available for "the most delicious night in Orlando."
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