OPENINGS: Jamal Wilson, owner of Tampa-based food hall The Hall on Franklin, is looking to open a food hall at the still-under-construction Yard at Ivanhoe. It likely wouldn't open until next year ... Look for a Metro Diner to open on State Road 436 in Casselberry in mid-February ... Also opening mid-February (finally) is Chronic Tacos in Dr. Phillips ... Orlando's first bàcaro, Tre Bambine, will open downtown in, yep, mid-February. A bàcaro, BTW, is a bar/eatery serving wee Venetian-style finger foods and snacks (think toothpicked eats) ... One final February announcement: Hopdoddy Burger Bar will make its debut at Pointe Orlando ... Poke news: Kona Poké has opened off Lake Mary Boulevard, and just down the road, Island Fin Poke will open in May.
CLOSINGS: Adobe Gila's has closed after 20 years of serving booze and burgers at Pointe Orlando ... Beverly Hills Boulangerie inside Universal Studios has also shuttered. A Today Show-themed breakfast bakery is rumored to take over the spot.
EVENTS: Dovecote Brasserie hosts a four-course wine dinner featuring J. Bookwalter Wines from Washington State Monday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $78 ... Second Harvest Food Bank's chefs will prepare a four-course meal Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. using their A Spoon Full of Hope line of specialty products. Cost is $75 ... More than 30 vendors are expected to take part in the Orlando Taco Festival Feb. 9 and 10 at the Drive Shack in Lake Nona. Admission is $9.95, with tacos going for $3 each ... We Heart Hearts, a heart-forward dinner of beef, pork, chicken and vegetable hearts, happens 7 p.m. on Valentine's Day at Orlando Meats. Wine will be provided by Digress Wine. Cost is $100 ... The Orlando Chili Cook Off takes place Feb. 16 from noon to 6 p.m. at Orlando Festival Park. More than 100 chili booths are expected for this 10th anniversary edition. Cost is $25 ($15 early bird) ...Benjamin Patissier, the 2015 Meilleur Ouvrier de France (arguably the highest honor a French chef can receive apart from three Michelin stars) will prepare a six-course meal Feb. 21 at Capa Steakhouse with chef Gabriel Massip. Cost is $225 ... Orlando Burger Week (actually 10 days, from Feb. 22 to March 3) will see scores of area restaurants offer up specialty burgers for just $5. Visit orlandoburgerweek.com for more.
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