Chef-owner Jason Schofield, formerly of Wolfies Pizzamia, will open Maddey's Craft & Cru in a yet-to-be-disclosed location in downtown Orlando. Maddey's was supposed to move into the now-closed Diva's Dinner Theatre in Mills 50, but the deal fell through. Maddey's will seat 150, and the site will also feature a separate cocktail lounge called Brix with a capacity of 90-100. Look for both restaurant and lounge to open downtown in July.
More than 20 restaurants, including Barnies CoffeeKitchen, 4 Rivers Smokehouse and Bosphorous, have joined Breathe Free Winter Park, a movement aimed at banning smoking at restaurants, not just inside but also at outside tables.
When Eat More Produce left for the Fashion Square Mall, Lu Lu's Ice Cream Shop next door was forced to close, as they were under the same lease. Lu Lu's owners are relocating to St. Pete Beach.
Openings: The enormous Café Mineiro has opened near the Florida Mall; Paramount Fine Foods will open at the I-Drive 360 complex May 17; Blue Martini's move to Pointe Orlando should happen sometime this month.
Mother's Day is May 10. What to eat? Ravello at the Four Seasons offers a buffet for $95 per person; throw in another $20 for unlimited Bloody Marys and mimosas ... B.B. King's will have live music and $5 mimosas ... Moms receive a Mason jar of goodies at American Q ... Dragonfly will serve numerous special menu items ... Moms get a rose and $25 gift card for every two adult meals purchased at Todd English's Bluezoo ... Complimentary mimosa or champagne for mom at the Alfond Inn ... Brunch at the Enzian includes a screening of Bye Bye Birdie.
A new Santiago's Bodega opens in Altamonte Springs this summer; the sign is already up ... As mentioned above, Diva's Dinner Theatre has closed ... It looks like progress is being made at PR's Taco Palace in College Park – a marquee has gone up inside the restaurant ... Orlando Soup, a micro-granting dinner supporting creative initiatives in the city, happens again 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at East End Market. Pay a $10 donation for soup, salad and bread, then listen to (and vote on) the pitches. The winning project gets $7 of each $10 donation.