OPENINGS: Sette, the rustic Italian concept by Se7en Bites' Va Propst and Trina Gregory-Propst, has opened in Ivanhoe Village (check out our first look at Sette here) ... Conrad's Shanty, a back-porch style bar, is open in the old BART space on Mills Avenue near Lake Highland Drive ... Hi-5 Poke and Sushi has opened next to the Mexican Camel in the plaza on the corner of Kirkman Road and I-Drive ... No surprise that the folks behind Bullitt Bar will open a Steve McQueen-themed bar next door called McQueens Social Lounge. They promise it will have an "Americana badass influence." Still waiting for an Ali McGraw-themed bar ... A second Taco Rio has opened on Semoran south of Lake Underhill Road ... Earth Fare has opened a store on Gore Street south of downtown ... Look for Be Inspired To Eat (BITE), a fast-casual restaurant, to open in the old Your Pie space in the Skyhouse condo downtown.
CLOSINGS: Baja Burrito Kitchen in the Colonial Plaza has closed after 20 years.
NEWS/ EVENTS: Vinia Wine Bar in Hannibal Square launches its new spring menu in April ... Second Harvest Food Bank's orange blossom "Honey for Good" and shortbread "Cookies for Good" can now be purchased in the Cask & Larder gourmet grab-and-go market at Orlando International Airport ... Monkey Shoulder whisky is bringing the ultimate cocktail shaker to Orlando: The Monkey Mixer, a cement truck-like conveyance, will pour whisky cocktails from its 2,400-gallon spinning drum March 29 and 30 at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace from 5:30-10 p.m. ... The Playalinda Brewing Company/Brix Project hosts a four-course April Fools' Day Beer Dinner from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $75 ... The Taste of College Park goes April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Dubsdread Ballroom ... Yours truly and Kristen Manieri of Orlando Date Night Guide will host Poutine Palooza Part Trois April 14 from 3-6 p.m. at East End Market. Cost is $35. Tickets at poutinepalooza2019.eventbrite.com.
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