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Thrive cocktail bar/eatery opens downtown, Brazilian-American pizzeria 14 Bis opens in MetroWest, Midici in Maitland closes



OPENINGS: Tokyo Ramen Fusion Cuisine has opened a second outpost on East Colonial Drive near Rouse Road ... Nearby, Las Carretas Mexican Restaurant has opened in the Publix plaza at University Boulevard and Goldenrod Road ... Thrive Cocktail Lounge & Eatery has opened at 13 S. Orange Ave. downtown in the old Avenue Gastrobar space. The tapas-style menu features a hodgepodge of dishes from sushi and poke to sliders and wings. A Sunday brunch is also offered ... Illume inside the JW Marriott Bonnet Creek officially opens to the public May 27 ... Nick Filet, a chain with restaurants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has opened inside the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips. They specialize in filet mignon sandwiches ... Brazilian-American pizzeria 14 Bis has opened at 2869 Wilshire Drive in MetroWest offering gourmet pizzas with eclectic toppings as well as sfihas, palm-sized dough pies in savory and sweet options.

Maggie Dog, a craft sausage and hot dog joint, will take over the space recently vacated by What the Chuck inside Henry's Depot ... Shiraz Market has moved from their space on Ronald Reagan Blvd. in Longwood to a larger space down the road on the corner of State Road 434 and 17-92, in the old Albertson's plaza ... A new Foxtail Coffee location featuring Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream and the Ravenous Pig Brewing Co. beer has opened across the street from Donut King at 2451 Howell Market Lane in Winter Park.

CLOSINGS: Midici, the Neapolitan pizza chain, has closed inside the Maitland City Centre. A couple of local pizza hotspots have shown interest in the space ... Soho Juice Co. on the corner of South Orlando and Fairbanks avenues has closed temporarily for renovation. [An earlier version of this article implied the closure was permanent. We regret the error.]

NEWS/EVENTS: Turkish steakhouse The H Orlando in Dr. Philips will feature a live DJ Fridays and Saturdays after 10 p.m. ... Bite30, the two-month-long "restaurant week" put on by Orlando Weekly, goes June 1 to Aug. 1. Visit for participating restaurants and details ... Chico Mendonça, chef-owner of Bem Bom on Corrine, lost his battle with lung cancer on May 15. He was 57.


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