OPENINGS Maddey's Craft & Cru is in a soft opening phase. Jason Schofield's "New Americana" restaurant is located inside the Bumby Arcade on Church Street ... Also on Church Street, Lion's Pride, an Orlando City Soccer-themed bar, will occupy a space in the historic Teele Building ... Bem Bom on Corrine, a new restaurant from the owners of Portuguese food truck Bem Bom, will open on Corrine Drive in the old BB&T Bank building ... Frontera Fresco, the authentic Mexican eatery by Chicago-based kitchen warrior Rick Bayless, will open in Disney Springs June 20 ... Newk's Eatery will open this summer on North Alafaya Trail near the Waterford Lakes Town Center ... Another Spoleto has opened on North Orlando Avenue in Winter Park ... Paramount Lebanese Kitchen has opened in Lake Mary ... The Lime Fresh Mexican Grill in Winter Park Village will become a Rubio's Coastal Grill this fall. Fish tacos are a specialty.
CLOSINGS Txokos Basque Kitchen at East End Market has closed. Rumored replacements include Smiling Bison or a new concept by Nova owner Mark Stillman.
NEWS/EVENTS Hamilton's Kitchen at the Alfond Inn has a new chef. Jason Klingensmith, former executive chef at the Country Club of Orlando, promises "Southern-inspired fare with a modern spin" ... Tapa Toro launches "Sabor," a five-course wine series dinner, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9. Cost is $49 ... Open a checking account at First Green Bank and receive $20 in "Mellow Bucks" (Mellow Mushroom credit vouchers) per month for a year ... The Miami Takeover at Plancha at the Four Seasons Resort (6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25) will see chefs Aaron Brooks from Edge Steak & Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Miami, Dena Marino from MC Kitchen and Jose Mendin from Pubbelly Restaurant Group whip up a five-course meal alongside Capa chef Sam Fagetti and pastry chef Rabii Saber. Cost is $95 ... Can't wait that long for a Miami fix? Chef Bradley Kilgore of super-hot Wynwood District resto Alter hosts a five-course pop-up in collaboration with Local Roots 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, at East End Market. Tickets start at $110.
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