OPENINGS: Manzano's Deli, a fixture in New Smyrna Beach and DeLand, will set up shop in the retail plaza at the intersection of West Fairbanks and South New York avenues in Winter Park by year's end ... Look for Little Blue Donut Co. to open next door (in the old Scratch space) at the end of November ... Framework Craft Coffee House, by Vita Luna Cafe founder Danny Alvarez, will open sometime this fall in the old Just Drive car repair shop building on Mills Avenue next to Will's Pub ... Peppino's Organic Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria on Curry Ford Road is expected to open this week in the newly minted Hourglass District ... Castaways Sports Bar & Grill has opened on North Alafaya Trail near Waterford Lakes Town Center ... The Crepe Company, a local food truck outfit, is franchising its operation in Florida and the Southeast ... Speaking of food trucks, Olde Dixie Fried Chicken may have closed, but their food truck will roll mid-November. Look for them at the Moose Lodge on South Orange Avenue.
EVENTS: Lombardi's Seafood and chef Bob Aungst show folks how to break down a whole fish then cook it at an interactive demonstration Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6:30-9 p.m. Cost is $67.50 and includes beer, wine, shrimp cocktail, oysters, an entree of red snapper and a slice of Lombardi's Key lime pie ... Central Florida Veg Fest returns to Festival Park Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ... On Nov. 11, Four Seasons Resort executive chef Fabrizio Schenardi, along with guest chefs from Italy's IFSE Culinary Institute, will prepare an extravagant White Alba Truffle Dinner at Ravello. Cost for the five-course meal is $200 ... Also on Nov. 11, the Orlando Beer Festival ($40) takes place at Festival Park, and Cows 'n Cabs ($110) takes place in Winter Park's Central Park.
NEWS: Boozehounds rejoice! Restaurants of at least 1,800 square feet and with a capacity to seat 80 will soon be able to serve full liquor, so long as state legislators give their blessing and grant the exemption in February/March of 2018, which they're expected to do. This will apply to restaurants situated in a sector bounded by Westmoreland Drive to the west; Ferncreek Avenue to the east; Gore Street to the south; and Colonial Drive to the north (including the North Quarter District).
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