Jimotti's Restaurant, by former Morimoto Asia head sushi chef Junichi Takazoe, will open on South French Avenue in Sanford in two or three weeks. Takazoe says he'll serve "ingenious and creative" Japanese tapas dishes, as well as rare sakes and Japanese beers.
Swank Disney Springs steakhouse STK will serve spinalis, aka "butcher's butter," aka calotte, aka ribeye cap, in celebration of June, aka National Steakhouse Month. The ridiculously tender, almost buttery cut is the favorite of many a steak aficionado.
Downtown Credo opens space No. 3 in the Church Street Exchange later this summer ... Broken Cauldron Taproom, a collab between Broken Strings Brewery and Black Cauldron Brewing, has finally opened on West Church Street ... Mia Supermarket, the Asian grocer in the former Winn-Dixie space in the Coytown Shopping Center, has opened ... Colibri Mexican Cuisine opens a second location in the old Egg & I space in Downtown South July 4 ... Bartaco, the taqueria fusing flavors from Mexico to the Mediterranean, will open soon in the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips in the old Orlando Ballet School space ... Chuy's Tex-Mex will open July 19 at Lakeside Crossing in Winter Park (which some remember as the site of the Red Fox Lounge) ... Fast Acai, a Brazilian chain serving wraps, sandwiches and, yes, acai, will open on Broad Street in Baldwin Park this summer ... Insomnia Cookies, Hubbly Bubbly Falafel Shop and Pan-America Brewing and Pizza Co. are among the tenants moving into the former Fiat dealership downtown.
Fatto in Casa has closed shop in East End Market; a pop-up collab between Gezellig Cookies and Flour Life Bakery will occupy the space from June 15-July 14 ... Park Plaza Gardens is embroiled in a bitter legal dispute with the landlord. Don't expect it to reopen anytime soon.
Chef Tim Dacey has left Capa Steakhouse at the Four Seasons Resort. No word yet on his replacement ... Christner's Cutting Board Dinner Series returns June 17 with a four-course dinner paired with wines from Robert Mondavi. Cost is $135. Subsequent dinners are July 22, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16. Call 407-645-4443 to reserve ... In celebration of the first day of summer (yay), La Madeleine at the Florida Mall and Mall at Millenia is giving away free iced tea (both traditional and mango flavors) on June 20.
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