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Sushi Pop opening in Winter Park very soon, Cookie Dough Bliss coming to Altamonte, plus more in Orlando foodie news

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OPENINGS

Sushi Pop will open its Winter Park restaurant at 115 E. Lyman Ave. at the end of this month or in early December. Chef-owner Chau Trinh says Sushi Pop will be open seven days a week, but the restaurant will transform into Chauhaus – a pop-up of sorts serving pho, rice bowls and noodle bowls – Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then, from 3-5 p.m., Chauhaus will offer various small plates ranging from spring and summer rolls to chicken wings and poke before dinner service as Sushi Pop ... Cookie Dough Bliss will open its first Orlando location in Altamonte Springs next to the Crepevine in the Village Shoppes in the coming weeks ... Grato Italian Grill & Pizzeria has opened on Lake Mary Boulevard near Rinehart Road.

CLOSINGS

Kokino Restaurant on Turkey Lake Road in Dr. Phillips has closed.

NEWS

Hunger Street Tacos will stage weekly Mexican omakases starting Friday, Nov. 9, at the Heavy in Winter Park. There will be two seatings – one at 5:30 and one at 8:30 p.m. – for 12 people each.

EVENTS

Yellow Dog Eats celebrates their 20th anniversary – a big achievement in the restaurant world – at their Gotha location on Saturday, Nov. 10. The dog- and kid-friendly celebration goes from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; $20 buys you a plate with two proteins, two sides and two glasses of beer or wine ... The 4th annual Orlando Beer Festival takes place Saturday, Nov. 10, from 2-5 p.m. at Orlando Festival Park. More than 200 craft brews will be poured. Cost is $40; $75 VIP ... The 19th annual Taste of Orlando also happens Nov. 10, kicking off at 11 a.m. at Waterford Lakes Town Center. Cost is $15 ... And also on Nov. 10, chef Hari Pulapaka will hold a "Classic Indian" cooking class at Cress Restaurant in DeLand at 10 a.m. Cost is $90 ... Digress Wine and the Ravenous Pig collaborate on a four-course Beaujolais wine dinner Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Pig. A tablier de sapeur (look it up) will be served. Seats are $100 ... Speaking of Beaujolais, Beaujolais Nouveau Day is Thursday, Nov. 15, and both Bites & Bubbles and the Swirlery will stage celebrations.

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