OPENINGS: Rockpit Brewing, the "uncommon Orlando brewery," has soft opened behind Cecil's Texas Style Bar-B-Q in SoDo with 14 beers on tap. The brewery has paired up with Cecil's to offer an exclusive menu of wings, tacos, sliders and more ... Boxi Park, the food/entertainment venue built from shipping containers, had a preview opening last weekend in Lake Nona. Six counter-serve restaurants specializing in tacos, lobster rolls, fried chicken sammies, burgers, ice cream and healthy salads comprise the food offerings. Look for a grand opening announcement soon ... Austin-based Hopdoddy Burger Bar has opened at Pointe Orlando. Hopdoddy grinds their meats in-house ... Taco Bus has swung open its doors at the University Terrace plaza on University Boulevard ... Bolay has opened its second area location, this one in the Sprouts plaza in Winter Park ... Simply Gyros by restaurateur Sunny Corda (Saffron, Rasa, Southern Spice, Mynt) has opened next door to Rasa in Dr. Phillips ... Look for Korean joint Seoulicious to open next month at 7379 W. Colonial Drive ... Andy's Frozen Custard will roll out a food truck called Andy's Treat Truck in the coming weeks.
CLOSINGS: Cinco Tacos & Tequila, the Winter Park restaurant by Greg Pranzo, Michael "Q" Quatrini, Mario Lopez and Chris Kirkpatrick, has closed. According to Pranzo, the group will reopen the concept in another part of the city.
NEWS/EVENTS: The 4th annual Taste4Toolbox brings chefs Trina Gregory-Propst, Kevin Fonzo, Greg Richie, John Rivers and Bruno Zacchini together March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Winter Park. Cost is $100 and proceeds benefit Toolbox4Life, an organization that trains men and women in the basic skills used in commercial kitchens ... Vegan eatery Dixie Dharma will serve plant-based eats from their food truck at Quantum Leap Winery March 8 at 7 p.m. ... The 5th annual Orlando Whiskey Festival is March 9 at Mercedes-Benz of Orlando in Maitland. Cost is $75 ... Also March 9, the 25th annual Taste of Oviedo takes place at the Oviedo Mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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