Oudom's Thai & Sushi will try to make a go of it in the South Eola space that's chewed up and spit out the likes of such restaurants as Graze, Prickly Pear, Mingos and Lotus. Oudom's has successful spots in DeLand and Mount Dora, but Thornton Park is a whole different story. A bright spot: They plan to stay open until midnight on weekends. The opening is planned for Aug. 25.
Speaking of Thornton Park, menu tweaks at Soco include the addition of bar snacks to the regular menu as well as new dining events ("Breakfast for Dinner" Wednesdays, "Burger and Bourbon" Saturdays and "Bubbles and Bird" Sundays, for example) every night of the week.
Winter Park's Cocina 214 rolled out a new menu which includes fried avocado bites, fried cauliflower tacos, fried snapper tacos and (not fried) Mexican corn, among other items. Could this be the Orlando beginning of the vegetable-forward movement that's already taken root in big cities?
Speaking of vegetables, construction has resumed on the Milk District's Market on South, the enclave of vegan gourmands Dixie Dharma, Valhalla Bakery and Humble Bumble Kombucha. After sundry permitting issues, they're back on target for a September opening.
With restaurants in Port Canaveral and Melbourne, Grill's Seafood should make a splash when it opens on the banks of Lake Fairview in College Park. The restaurant's 8-acre site will feature an outdoor deck, tiki bar and play area.
Genoa's Heroes has finally opened on Lee Road. The menu lists 35 "overstuffed" subs, including an ironically named "skinny Philly." Paninis, flatbreads and soups are also offered.
Winter Park's Wine Barn, home to a mighty fine wood-burning pizza oven, hosts a pig roast and wine party at noon Aug. 15 in their parking lot.
BRIEFLY The Lucky Lure in Ivanhoe Village is expanding into the adjacent space along North Orange Avenue ... The North Quarter Tavern began lunch service Aug. 11 ... Zona Fresca plans to open the second week of September in Winter Park's Ravaudage complex ... Santiago's Bodega in Altamonte/Longwood is targeting September for its opening ... According to chef-owner John Calloway, the long-awaited Black Rooster Taqueria in Mills 50 is now projected to open in November.
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