Croissant Gourmet will open in the old Ace Hardware space on Edgewater Drive, marking the return of fresh-baked goods to College Park – not seen since Delights of Benezit closed its doors.
An opening date is still pending, but Black Rooster Taqueria's scratch kitchen will feature house-made organic corn tortillas, along with such traditional Mexican items as cochinita pibil with local pork, seasonal ceviches, sopes and huaraches, and "bowl"-style items like posole verde and achiote braised beef.
The Iceman cometh! Robert Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, hosts the grand opening festivities at McFadden's Irish Restaurant & Saloon April 9-11.
East Orlando, rejoice: Insomnia Cookies opens near UCF this spring, delivering warm cookies, brownies, ice cream and, yes, even milk to night owls. And Fresh Dabba will soon deliver fresh Indian lunches throughout East Orlando – see details at freshdabba.com.
Openings: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto has opened at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort; Isla Verde is serving up Puerto Rican fare in the Chase Plaza; Two Chefs Seafood Oyster Bar has opened in the former Uptown Ground space in the North Quarter.
Food events: Bacchus Bash goes from 5-10 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Orlando Premium Outlets featuring a slew of restaurants ... Canvas & Cocktails is 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, at Infusion Tea ... Taste of Winter Park takes place Wednesday, April 15, from 5-8 p.m. Cost is $45 ... A day later (April 16) is the Taste of College Park at Dubsdread, starting at 3 p.m. Cost is $50 ... Just $35 gets you into the Taste of Pointe Orlando April 19.
BRIEFLY: The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is slated for Oct. 30-31 ... Toca Boca at I-Drive 360 is now going by the name of Tapa Toro ... The Coop now serves breakfast until 2 p.m. ... Black Cauldron Brewing and Broken Strings Brewery are joining forces to open their respective operations under one roof, one block away from Orlando City Stadium on West Church Street ... The North Quarter Tavern (near Citrus just north of downtown) is staffing up and prepping for a mid- to late-May opening ... New Jersey-based Seabra Foods Supermarket, a pan-Latin grocery store, will open this fall on I-Drive and feature an in-house butcher shop, raw bar and bistro.
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