Husband-and-wife real estate team Giovanni Fernandez and Elise Sabatino have dubbed the Curry Ford Road/Bumby Avenue corridor the Hourglass District and have big plans for the area, starting with renovating the strip plaza at 2401 Curry Ford Road. The center will house an outpost of Foxtail Coffee Co. and a market with craft beer bar by August, and Tamale Co.'s first brick-and-mortar operation and a bakery by November. Claddagh Cottage will open next door to the strip plaza in July. Also, Peppino's Wood Fired Pizza will open across the street at 2420 Curry Ford Road ... Too Much Sauce, serving rice, quinoa and salad bowls, will open in the former Giraffas Brazilian Grill space in Mills Park later this summer ... Ongoing pop-up concept Truck Stop Pop-Up Kitchen will open in the old Graffiti Junktion space at 900 E. Washington St. in Thornton Park this July ... Shake Shack has opened in the Florida Mall ... Suncreek Brewery will open in Clermont later this fall.
Better burger joint Square 1 Burgers on South Orlando Avenue in Winter Park has shuttered.
Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar has a new "After Midnight" menu featuring $2 tacos, $5 specialty cocktails, and half-off shots of tequila. The menu is offered midnight to close seven days a week.
Get ready, everyone – BITE 30 kicks off Thursday, June 1, and runs until the end of the month. For participating restaurants and their menus, check out bite30.com. While you're at it, pick up tickets to BITE Night, taking place Monday, June 26, at the Orchid Ballroom. Tickets are $45 (or $65 VIP). More at bitenightorlando.com ... Cress Restaurant holds its Fifth Annual Sustainable Seafood Dinner Thursday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. The five-course dinner costs $70 ($95 with pairings) ... Farm & Haus and the Edible Education Experience join forces for Chef Night at the Emeril Lagasse Kitchen House & Culinary Garden Tuesday, June 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The theme: "What's Pho Dinner." The cost: $65 ($25 for kids).
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