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Thirsty Topher finally opens on Virginia, Bosphorous coming to Lake Nona and more in local foodie news

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The Thirsty Topher has finally opened in their new location on Virginia Drive. One note: They are instituting a cash-only policy, though there is an ATM housed inside the bar. Customers using the ATM will be refunded the service fee.

Thanks to a $25,000 Minority/Women Entrepreneur Business Assistance grant from the city, Nikki's Place, which was destroyed by a fire back in March, will reopen in Parramore early in the new year. The grant will be used for capital improvements and equipment.

Look for Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine and the second Central Florida location of Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana to open in Lake Nona's Medical City sometime next year in the late fall or winter. The Lake Nona Bavaro will also have a Stefano Ferrara oven.

OPENINGS

Upscale Mexican cuisine has come to Winter Springs: Saint Anejo Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria has opened on Red Bug Lake Road near Tuskawilla ... Cake Boss Buddy Valastro has opened Carlo's Bakery at the Florida Mall ... Duo 58 Community Coffee Bar & Cafe, a nonprofit outfit in Oviedo, has opened on Mitchell Hammock Road. Every purchase helps feed and educate children in Haiti ... Nova Restaurant is now projected to open in Ivanhoe Village sometime this month ... Also in the Ivanhood, the Better Than Sex sign is up over the old Wolfie's space.

CLOSINGS

All eight Central Florida locations of Bojangles' Famous Chicken & Biscuits have closed ... Vibonati Restaurant & Pizzeria on Turkey Lake Road has closed.

NEWS/EVENTS

If Stephen Wancha, director of food and beverage at the Four Seasons, has his way, the James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour will make an annual stop in Orlando ... Hit K Restaurant this Friday, Dec. 18, for their monthly wine tasting with hors d'oeuvres and entertainment, Friday Night Flights ... Want a limited edition opening-day Morimoto Asia menu signed by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto himself? All you need to do is purchase a $100 gift card to the restaurant ... The Meatball Shoppe is now going by the Meatball Stoppe.

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