Market on South's mural is up, but the burgeoning collective needs your help. They're looking to raise money to help them overcome some obstacles before city inspectors give them the final go-ahead. The market, housing Valhalla Bakery, Humble Bumble Kombucha and Dixie Dharma, is slated to open mid-summer. Go to orlandoweekly.com for info on how to chip in.
Coming in May: Ferg's Depot, a 15,000-square-foot restaurant/sports bar on West Church Street, on May 16; F&D Kitchen and Bar in Lake Mary/Heathrow; Jamba Juice at the Crossroads at Lake Buena Vista; Moor, a "seafood-inspired farm-to-table venture" at the Gaylord Palms; and Naru Sushi, a Brazilian sushi chain, at I-Drive 360.
Legal hangups have delayed Maddey's Craft & Cru opening in an undisclosed locale in the Mills 50 district; owner Jason Schofield is now considering other options. In the meantime, look for pop-up dinners to take place at East End Market or Quantum Leap Winery in the coming weeks.
Openings: Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen is now open at the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes Resort. The restaurant will showcase produce from the resort's on-site farm in flatbreads, sandwiches and small plates ... Trader Joe's has opened its second Orlando-area store, this one in Dr. Phillips ... Noodles & Co. is open for business at the Fashion Square Mall ... The Whiskey, a gourmet burger and craft cocktail bar, will open this weekend in Dr. Phillips.
Events: PB&G chef Gerald Sombright and somm Jill Davis join forces for Farmers & Fizz, a four-course farm-to-table dinner Saturday, April 18, at the Four Seasons. The dinner will feature Lake Meadow Naturals ingredients and small-grower French champagnes. Cost is $145 per person. The Earth Day Celebration Dinner at K Restaurant April 22 will feature organic and sustainable wines from legendary restaurateurs/winemakers Mel and Janie Master. Cost is $75 per person.
BRIEFLY: Propagation in Mills 50 will be closed on Mondays ... American Gymkhana will close at the end of April due to differing expectations between local investors and the New York-based restaurant group.
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