OPENINGS: Brian Buttner and Jonathan Canonaco, owners of the Stubborn Mule and RusTeak, have purchased the Muddy Waters space in South Eola and will reopen it as Menagerie Eatery & Bar. They've also purchased the space housing Mucho Liquors, which will become a speakeasy bar and liquor store called the Broken Cage ... Trina Gregory-Propst and wife Va of Se7en Bites will open an Italian concept called Sette in a TBA location downtown next April ... Chef Jason Bergeron, executive chef at Chroma, is overseeing the menu at Park Pizza & Brewing Co., slated to open later this fall in Lake Nona ... Chef A.J. Kraft, formerly of Nova Restaurant in Ivanhoe Village, will open Root & Branch Bistro & Bar in Clermont later this month ... Also in Clermont, a farm-to-table restaurant and bakery called Farmer's Table will open this fall in the old Wallace Grill/Main Event space.
CLOSINGS: El Buda, the Latin-Asian fusion restaurant by renowned chef Roberto Treviño, has closed less than a year after opening.
NEWS: Pizza Bruno is now open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ... Josh Oakley has sold his stake in Sanford's Smiling Bison to business partner Ron Thomas and left the restaurant to explore other opportunities.
EVENTS: The Ravenous Pig's Oktoberfest Roast, Saturday, Oct. 13, features a menu of schnitzels, sausages, pretzels and their annual Swinetoberfest brew ... The Vegan Pudding Party, a collab between vegan chefs Leguminati and pudding-shot specialists Lizzy McCormack's, takes place at the downtown Irish pub at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 ... The 9th annual Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is Oct. 26-27 featuring 70 stations and 10 seminars. Tix are $127 with an optional Beer Garden upgrade for an additional $28 ... The second annual Homestead Harvest welcomes guests to wander through Whisper Creek Farm at Grande Lakes Orlando sampling bevs and dishes from chefs including Norman Van Aken (Norman's), Atlanta-based chef Todd Richards, James Petrakis (Ravenous Pig), Paula DaSilva (Burlock Coast), Elek Kovacs (Osprey Tavern), Scott Pizzo (Highball & Harvest) and more. The event is Oct. 26 and costs $135. Drop $65 more to experience a private dinner the night before with many of the chef participants. Locals can save 10 percent with the code LOCAL.
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