The bad news: Barnie's CoffeeKitchen in Winter Park has stopped its much-lauded Friday-and-Saturday dinner service. The good news: Chef Camilo Velasco and his talented staff will serve breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday, and brunch on Sundays until 6 p.m.
Capa at the Four Seasons Resort is bringing in small batches of A5 Miyazaki Wagyu beef from Japan, 15 pounds at a time. Cost for the real-deal premium Japanese beef is $18 per ounce. That's right, per ounce.
Overseeing his restaurant empire has kept chef James Petrakis busy over the past couple of years, but as of last week, he returns to Ravenous Pig's kitchen each Monday for Chef James' Monday Night Dinners. Petrakis' other resto – Cask & Larder – has launched Seafood Saturday the third Saturday of every month, featuring seasonal seafood and drink specials. And come July 27, breakfast will be served at Swine & Sons, the third Petrakis baby, from 7-11 a.m. Monday-Friday. Look for breakfast sandwiches and various baked goods.
EVENTS Consume a 2-pound steamed lobster for a mere $35 at the Oceanaire Seafood Room July 24. You must call and RSVP on or before July 23 ... A pub crawl at the Grande Lakes Resort July 31 will take paying guests on a three-and-a-half-hour eating and drinking tour through seven of the resort's venues, including Highball & Harvest, Primo and Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen. Cost is $125 plus tax and gratuity.
OPENINGS/CLOSINGS Look for a second Tako Cheena to open in the old Forbidden City locale on Mills Avenue, with the original remaining open as "Tako Cheena Express" ... Pom Moongauklang breaks ground on her yet-to-be-named commissary and cooking school this week in the same Milk District plaza housing Arepas & More on Bumby Avenue near Whiskey Lou's ... Caprino's, a pizza/pasta joint by chef Stefano Tedeschi, has opened in Windermere ... If you're craving proper Moroccan mint tea, you won't find it at Pasha anymore. The Millenia Mall-area restaurant is now Figueira Brazilian Grille & Pizza Bar ... Wa Sushi is now open in Casselberry (no relation to the Wa Restaurant that used to be on Turkey Lake). They serve sushi and modern Japanese cuisine as well as traditional (ramen, cold noodles).