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The Sugar Sow Bacon & BBQ
The bacon confectioners known for such gems as chocolate-praline bacon brownies and bourbon brown-sugar bacon roses will add barbecue to the mix when they move into the wee space next to Tamale & Co. Take-Out in Altamonte Springs. Yeah, you read right – bacon and barbecue.
(Opening spring; 1006 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs; facebook.com/thesugarsow)
Terralina Crafted Italian
Top Chef Master and James Beard Award winner Tony Mantuano will have a heavier hand in the goings-on at Disney Springs' Terralina than he did with the space's predecessor, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria. The fare, however, will be somewhat similar (we're told it's inspired by Italy's Lake District) with the wood-fired oven front and center.
(Opening spring; Disney Springs; terralinacrafteditalian.com)
Tin & Taco
The SoDo outpost of Tin & Taco will be much larger than the downtown original and offer more menu items like chorizo, carnitas, grilled sirloin, empanadas and churros. To wash all that food down, the taqueria will incorporate a beer package store on site.
(Opening April; 419 E. Michigan St.; tinandtaco.com)
The traditional Japanese pub (izakaya) is the "missing piece" to our city's culinary scene, says owner Sonny Nguyen, who also runs Domu at East End Market. The name is a play off "yakitori" (so, yes, expect to see grilled chicken over charcoal). Nguyen says it will "stick to true Japanese roots, but incorporate modern takes."
(Opening summer; 720 N. Mills Ave.; facebook.com/toritoripub)
Yeah, this high-end Italian coffeehouse was supposed to have opened in Baldwin Park this time last year, so we'll just hold out hope that Tutto Caffe starts caffeinating in February of this year (the new target date). We're itching to see that coffee printer allowing baristas to print images and artwork on milk foam in action.
(Opening February; 4833 New Broad St.; tuttocaffe.online)
"The Magic Is in the Hole" is Voodoo Doughnut's credo, and the pair behind the cult fave – Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson and Tres Shannon – are set to penetrate the very penetrable market of Orlando. They'll set up shop in family-friendly Universal CityWalk so expect to see their less risqué-named, yet still thoroughly sinful, creations such as the "Dirt Doughnut" and "Bacon Maple Bar."
(Opening spring; Universal CityWalk; voodoodoughnut.com)