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Grato Italian Grill & Pizzeria coming to Waterford Lakes, Jimmy Hulas opens downtown, plus more in local foodie news



OPENINGS: Vinia Wine Bar will open in Hannibal Square in early September. In addition to serving boutique wines, Vinia will offer a menu with a focus on Euro-Med small bites, oysters, imported charcuterie and cheeses, paninis, salads and Italian-style flatbreads ... Jimmy Hula's Urban Express celebrates their official grand opening inside the Basement bar on East Pine Street downtown Friday, Aug. 17 ... Look for Slapfish, a "modern seafood shack," to open in the Waterford Lakes Town Center later this year ... 4 Rivers Smokehouse will debut its specialty food truck – the 4R Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck – at Disney Springs this month. Check out their "taco cones" ... Grato Italian Grill & Pizzeria will open on Lake Mary Boulevard near Rinehart Road at the end of the month.

CLOSINGS: Ferg's Depot, the 15,000-square-foot restaurant and sports bar housed inside the original 1889 Church Street Station train depot, has closed. No word on who'll be taking over the mammoth space.

NEWS: Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream is now serving non-dairy ice cream at both their Corrine Drive and Ferncreek Avenue locations ... Late-night eats alert: Truck Stop Restaurant in Thornton Park is now open until 2 a.m. every day.

EVENTS: Trends in Taste, presented by 90.7 WMFE, presents a panel of food personalities (including yours truly) discussing Orlando's food scene at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the radio station. Go to for tickets ... Also on Aug. 17, Burger Night returns to the Sanctum Cafe with three plant-based burgers being offered for one night only. Tickets are $24 ... The Four Seasons Resort Orlando hosts a three-course wine dinner at Ravello's Demonstration Kitchen featuring wines by Orlando-based vintner the Inquisitor. Cost is $75-$95 ... The Guesthouse Luau at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, will feature a pig roast by Swine & Sons, Thai eats from Bangrak Thai Street Kitchen, tiki cocktails by the Guesthouse, and frozen desserts by Gezellig Cookies.

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