OPENINGS: Cafe Linger, by Johnson & Wales graduates Michael Brito and Christina Gribkowsky, will open this spring in the former NYPD Pizza space on Edgewater Drive ... Bem Bom is awaiting inspections and anticipates a mid-February opening on Corrine Drive ... Over in the Milk District, look for Stasio's, an Italian deli/market, to open on the corner of Bumby Avenue and Robinson Street ... Midici Neapolitan Pizza Co. will open a pizzeria inside the Maitland City Centre. Bonus: The franchise owners hope to offer full table service when the restaurant opens in late summer ... After a bitter dispute that ended their planned foray into the Milk District, all-vegan eatery Leguminati will pair up with Foxtail Coffee Co. and open inside the cafe's soon-to-open space in the Hourglass District ... Gringos Locos has opened their newest location at 517 E. Michigan St. in the SoDo District ... Spice Indian Grill hopes to open by the end of the month on Corporate Boulevard near UCF ... Jon Smith Subs has opened on Aloma Avenue in Oviedo ... Another Marlow's Tavern will open at Oviedo on the Park Tuesday, Jan. 23 ... Grills Lakeside Seafood Restaurant & Tiki Bar has opened on OBT on the shores of Lake Fairview in College Park.
EVENTS: The 11th annual Taste of DeLand takes place Saturday, Jan. 20, from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $20 in advance, $25 day of ... The Thirsty Topher and Blue Bird Bake Shop team up for a beer and cupcake pairing in the beer bar Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. ... Festivities for the fifth annual Windermere Wine and Dine start at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Windermere Town Hall; 28 restaurants are participating and tickets are $100 ... Bad As's Sandwiches and Deli Fresh Threads throw an anniversary celebration starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. Every sandwich purchased scores you a free beer from Orlando Brewing ... M Lounge in Ivanhoe Village hosts a whiskey pairing class Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 6:30-8 p.m. Paying guests will sample four whiskeys: Jim Beam Masterpiece, Wild Turkey Master's Keep Decades, Blanton's and Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. Cost is $100.
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