OPENINGS: Bird of Paradise will be the new brand taking the place of Florida & Co. inside East End Market. Expect locally sourced meats and produce along with tropical flavors, courtesy of chef-owner Emily Rankin ... Sideward Brewing, a family-owned and -operated brewery, taproom and kitchen, will open in early spring next to Stasio's in the Milk District. Former head brewer at Red Cypress Brewery and Sideward co-founder Garrett Ward will make beer, cider and cold brew coffee in-house ... Forever Naan Curry Street Grill has opened on Curry Ford Road near Conway ... Danny & Pat's will transform into CHKN & CAKE, a new bar/restaurant/lounge serving a menu of fried chicken, wings, cheesesteaks and cakes downtown at 25 W. Church St. ... Look for the Taco Bus to finally open this month on University Boulevard ... The booze-serving Taco Bell Cantina will open in a 2,475-square-foot space downtown at 1 S. Orange Ave. this fall ... Currito, serving burritos, bowls, salads and smoothies, has opened on International Parkway in Lake Mary ... Little Greek Fresh Grill has opened in the Lee Vista Promenade near the airport. Look for other outposts in SoDo and Winter Park by this summer ... Lotte Plaza Market, a Korean grocery chain, has opened a 63,000-square-foot space at 3191 W. Colonial Drive ... A Lucky's Market has opened in the SoDo District at 3171 S. Orange Ave.
CLOSINGS: Lisbon, the Portuguese restaurant at ICON Orlando 360, has closed, but will relocate to the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips. An opening date has yet to be announced.
NEWS/EVENTS: Park Pizza & Brewing Co. is now serving eight draft beers by in-house brewer Marco Reyna ... On Thursday, Feb. 7, chef Hari Pulapaka whips up a multicourse dinner spotlighting the cuisine of Louisiana at Cress Restaurant, with proceeds benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Cost is $55, $79 with wine pairings ... SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival goes from Feb. 9 to May 5 featuring culinary marketplaces offering craft beers and cuisines from around the world ... Kathleen Blake (Rusty Spoon) and Kevin Fonzo (formerly of K Restaurant) join forces at the Rusty Spoon Tuesday, Feb. 12, for a four-course dinner featuring wines from Arrowood Winery. Cost is $100.
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