Kappo at East End Market will close at the end of the month, but the owners will transform the space into a konbini, or Japanese convenience store. According to co-owner Lordfer Lalicon, "People will be able to buy select sake, Japanese prepared foods, candies and all types of random things that we can think of. Kappo, on the other hand, is ready to be in its own home, where we can control the whole dining experience."
Good news for brunchsters: Cask & Larder is now serving brunch on Saturdays as well as Sundays. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Those of you lamenting the loss of Sassafras Sweet Shoppe, the candy shop off Park Avenue in Winter Park, take heart: Sweet 32804 in the former Atomic Junkies space in College Park has all your throwback candy and more. Look for Sweet 34787 (that's Winter Garden) next ... More College Park news: Look for Caliente Spicy Cuban Fusion to open in time for Valentine's Day (Sugarbuzz Dezert Co. might supply the restaurant with desserts and fresh-baked bread). Also, progress is being made at the PR's Taco Palace in College Park. Expect it to open "within the next couple of months" ... Slices & Ices, specializing in pizza, Italian ice and gelato, has opened in Casselberry.
The iconic Maitland location of Jeremiah's Italian Ice has closed. Look for a new location to open "in the immediate area."
Cask & Larder hosts a "Beer & Wild Game" dinner Dec. 7 with dishes featuring Florida wild game (nope, no manatee) paired with house-brewed beers from DeBary's Central 28 Beer Company ... The Chateau Montelena Winery, famous for its winning white wines at the historic "Judgment of Paris" in 1976, hosts a dinner at Hemisphere in the Orlando Airport Hyatt Regency Dec. 11. The four-course meal will comprise duck, scallops, filet mignon and a chocolate-orange gâteau; cost is $85 per person ... The 5th annual Wine & Chocolate Festival is Dec. 12-13 at Lakeridge Winery; cost is $2.