OPENINGS: Bocas Grill & Bar, a Venezuelan restaurant serving up everything from arepas to wagyu burgers to churro shakes, has opened in the old Bistro CloClo space in the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips ... Over in the 1st Oriental Supermarket Plaza on West Colonial Drive, BBQ Tofu House, specializing in Korean fare, has opened ... Paloma Coffee Co., a slick cafe a la Winter Park's New General, has opened on Main Street in Windermere ... Nearby, Agave Azul Cocina Mexicana will open its second restaurant in the upscale Windermere Village next summer ... Create Your Nature has opened an outpost inside the Island Soul Surf Shop on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach.
CLOSINGS: NYPD Pizza in College Park has closed.
EVENTS: On Saturday, Sept. 16, Trail of Tears Commemoration Day will be observed at Cress Restaurant in DeLand with a special Native American Dinner. The family-style, BYOB meal is $40 all-inclusive ... The Strand's Joe Rees hosts Chef Night Sept. 25 at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House & Culinary Garden. Cost is $65 ... Ten10 Brewery hosts Ten10 Fest, featuring 10 bands and special craft ales, in celebration of their two-year anniversary. The event costs $10 and takes place in the back parking lot ... Mark your calendars: Highball & Harvest hosts its first annual Homestead Harvest Dinner Oct. 26 in support of Fleet Farming. The outdoor feast will feature such chefs as Kenny Gilbert (Top Chef, Gilbert's Underground Kitchen and Gilbert's Social), Kathleen Blake (The Rusty Spoon), James Petrakis (The Ravenous Pig), Kevin Fonzo (previously of K Restaurant) and Austin Boyd (Osprey Tavern). Cost is $135.
NEWS: Luma on Park now offers a happy hour menu, with light bites alongside $6-$8 cocktails, $20 bottles of wine, $5 glasses of wine and $5 drafts ... Norman Van Aken's Florida Kitchen, the latest book by the Florida cooking legend, is now available for purchase.
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