OPENINGS: Mission BBQ is now serving its "all-American" brand of 'cue in Oviedo ... Tutto Caffe in Baldwin Park will "definitely" open this month ... Matthew's Steaks & More, the popular German steakhouse that once occupied a space in a strip mall off Maguire Road in Ocoee, will open in Winter Garden this winter.
TACO NEWS: Gringos Locos will open an outpost near UCF just outside the CFE Arena ... 4 Locos Tacos will open this winter on Plant Street in Winter Garden; a second 4 Locos Tacos will open in Ocoee in early 2018.
PIZZA NEWS: Blazing Tomato, the create-your-own pizza, pasta and salad joint, has opened on I-Drive next door to Cold Stone Creamery ... Opening this month in the newly minted Hourglass District will be Peppino's Organic Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria on Curry Ford Road ... Over in Longwood, Chianti's Pizza & Pasta will take over the old Carmela's space in the Longwood Village Shopping Center this fall.
NEWS/EVENTS: Chef Bob's Luau, an interactive, hands-on "Hawaiian-themed culinary experience," goes from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Monark Premium Appliance Co. in Winter Park. Cost is $75 ... Also on Saturday, Aug. 12, the Sanctum will stage its Vibe Night: Backyard Burger Edition from 6:30-10 p.m. Owner Chelsie Savage will reveal three all-new plant-based burgers with sides, along with beer from Red Cypress Brewery and kombucha from Living VitaliTea. Cost is $20 in advance or $24 day of ... Prato is now offering a happy hour menu weekdays from 4-6 p.m. Signature pizzas can be had for $10; Italian plates from $5-$9; wines for $5; beers for $6; and cocktails for $7 ... Chefs Josh Oakley (Smiling Bison) and Nat Russell (Tennessee Truffle) pair up for a collab dinner Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 7-10 p.m. at Smiling Bison. The five-course meal will be paired with cocktails from Bitters & Brass. Cost is $65 ... Sonny's BBQ founder Sonny Tillman turns 88 years old Monday, Aug. 14, and to celebrate, Sonny's is offering its St. Louis Rib Dinner for $8.88.