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Choulala Fine Pastries
Here's a no-brainer: a proper patisserie on Park Avenue. Choulala's choux pastries will certainly provide boutique shoppers with a pause délicieuse for sweet choux, salty choux, entremets (think eclairs, mousses, brioches) and pan bagnat. That's plenty of reasons to take a load off your Tory Burch loafers.
(Opening February; 340 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; choulala-pastries.com)
We've all been waiting for Claddagh's grand reopening in the newly minted Hourglass District and, judging from recent social media posts, the Irish pub is looking as cozy as the original, if not more so. I'm relishing the day when I can indulge in cottage pie and a proper pint while trying to beat the regulars at trivia.
(Opening spring; 2421 Curry Ford Road; facebook.com/claddaghcottagepub)
I have fond memories of Konstantinos "Chef Dino" Chilias' La Creperia Cafe in Pointe Orlando, so when word came that he was opening a crepe joint on Park Avenue, my thoughts veered to the numerous crepes Suzette I enjoyed at his crêperie back in the day.
(Opening winter; 513 S. Park Ave., Winter Park)
Two doctors walk into a bar and decide to open a restaurant. No joke. Dr. Tom Winters and wife Dr. Becky Moroose will open a "Cheers-style restaurant and bar" inside the new Delaney Hotel on the site of the old Doc's on South Orange Avenue. As far as the food, expect "international cuisine" in small plates and shareable portions. Liquid scrips can be enjoyed inside a 360-degree bar.
(Opening May; 1315 S. Orange Ave.; eatdt.com)
The new owners of Cavanaugh's Fine Wines will give the College Park mainstay a thorough rebrand and a concept tweak. After some exterior and interior work, Cavanaugh's will transform into Digress and, praise Dionysus, offer wines by the glass.
(Opening March; 1215 Edgewater Drive)
District Gastrobar & Social Eating House
An upscale restaurant opening in the Parramore District is just a sign of how much the downtown neighborhood has changed. Come spring, the District Gastrobar & Social Eating House will serve dishes like panko-crusted jalapeño oysters, mussels in saffron broth and, be still your millennial hearts, okonomiyaki. A top-flight whiskey program is being developed as well.
(Opening spring; 532 W. Church St.)
- Photo by Rob Bartlett
- The Edison
Another in a line of restaurants that was supposed to have opened last year, the Edison finally did this January and Disneyphiles have been relishing the post-industrial, steampunk-themed surroundings of the Disney Springs eatery. And also that 28-day dry-aged prime rib.
(Opened January; Disney Springs; theedisonfla.com)