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We Have Dîner en Blanc's Secret Location - SPOILER ALERT!!!

SPOILER ALERT:If you don't want to know the secret Orlando location Dîner en Blanc then don't read any further. We have the actual location and venue and we do NOT want to ruin anyone's evening. This is just for those who are curious. We're not trying to ruin a special event or anyone's evening. Don't want to know? Don't read further. You've been warned!!!

It was announced in May of this year that JAGA Productions was bringing the October 13th Dîner en Blanc (Web | Facebook) pop up dinner event to Orlando. The concept for the event is this: guests pay a $40 ticket price to attend. They bring their own tables, chairs, linen, tableware, beer or wine and dinner. They all toast the event, eat dinner, dance, then head out at 11pm.

Dîner en Blanc is an vent that started in France 30 years ago and cities all over the world now participate. 1,200 folks attend  a chic picnic in a public space supplying their own food, tables and chairs. The guests eat, drink and…

New Terrace Coming to Downtown Orlando's History Center

Architect Max Brito (Website) submitted an application requesting a Major Certificate of Appropriateness to the Historic Preservation Board to construct a new terrace on the side of the Orange County Regional History Center at 65 E. Central Blvd (MAP).

The terrace project will include the following:  landscapingplantersfencegatesretaining wallsrailingsADA compliant ramp access The subject property is the 1927 Orange County Courthouse which has been converted for use as the Orange County Regional History Center. The building was designed by Murray S. King and constructed by a Jacksonville firm. King was Florida’s first registered architect. King died before the completion of the courthouse and his son, James B. supervised the remaining construction.

The courthouse is a Beaux Arts style building clad in Indiana Limestone. The building has typical details of the style including symmetrical facades, accentuated cornices, rusticated stone on the lower level, Palladian windows, pilasters, D…

EXCLUSIVE: Pig Floyds is Opening in Lake Nona

Today, Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa confirmed it will be opening its second location in the Lake Nona community in southeast Orlando at 9680 Narcoossee Road, Unit 103, Orlando, FL 32827 (MAP).

The space's first tenant was the site of the second location in the US of the Canadian chain Union Burger. They served burgers, chicken and fries.

Pig Floyd's is tentatively set to open in the first quarter of 2017.

Pig Floyd’s joins several other restaurants in the Village including Graeme McDowell’s Nona Blue, Makis Place, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Panera Bread, and Piazza Italia.

College Park Duplex Developer May Side-Step Zoning to Double Their Money

These homes technically are two separate homes, but both are the same design just flipped with minimal variances. If they were stuck together they'd be a duplex. Both will be placed on a 100 ft wide lot side by side at 520 Stetson Street (MAP) if the Municipal Planning Board signs off on it. 
How can this happen? The lot isn't zoned for duplexes. But this isn't a duplex. It's two houses... technically. By cutting the lot in half and separating the two homes, the developer still achieves his desired financial effect (two houses sold on one lot) but doesn't break any laws.
We've reached out to the City to get the Municipal Planning Board's decision. 
Property history:
1929: Property platted as two (2) 50 ft. wide lots as part of the College Park Subdivision1951: Existing 2038 sq. ft. single-family home with attached single car garage constructed10/2015: Property acquired by current owner.

10 Things to Know This Week

Tubbs Brewing to Open Brew Pub and Bocce Courts New Soccer Stadium

Brew Pubs are popping up in Orlando like the great froyo migration of 2010. The newest one will be called Tubbs Brewing complete with a fake water tower adjacent to soccer stadium at 617 W. Central Ave (MAP). A request for a Major Certificate of Appearance Approval for a façade renovation and new outdoor entertainment area to include the following features: bocce courtscovered outdoor barsignature water tower featuresteel pergolawall/fence

Porsche Parking Garage

A new Porsche dealership called Porsche South Orlando is being built on 3.55 acres at 4891 Vineland Rd. Poulos & Bennett, LLC (Website) submitted a Master Plan (MPL) request to construct the 68,188 sq. ft. multi-story new car dealership in the Millenia neighborhood. It will include a main building, parking garage and water feature. 

Shoppes of College Park Re-Opens

The Shoppes of College Park (Facebook) has grand re-opened at its original location at 2308 Edgewater Drive. 
Shoppers will find home decor, clothing, sweets and wreaths. There's a seating area which will soon offer a beverage bar with coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine.  

Farm + Haus To-Go Fooderie Opens in East End Market

Farm + Haus ( opened a to-go fooderie inside East End Market today. Their delivery-only dinner service which launched last year expanded into this breakfast and lunch brick and mortar location.
The space is warm and inviting, with a marble countertop, wood accents taken from an actual 1800s farm house and brick-a-brac-laden shelves.
In addition to their to-go menu, the couple offers grab and go salads, boxed water (which we love!) and popsicles. 

Annabelle Hart in College Park Opens

A new ladies home decor and clothing co-op has opened in the former Paper Gallery space at 318-A Edgewater Drive (MAP) called Annabelle Hart. It contains three small businesses:
Annabelle Hart (Shirley Krauklis)Blue Betty (Carey Ferrante)Details, Inc (Marnie Rutters) The store may remind you of one 3 doors down, The Shoppes of College Park (Facebook) at 2308 Edgewater Drive. Both are the same concept: multiple small businesses under one roof and store name. The similarity isn't uncanny: the 3 businesses inside Annabelle Hart met each other during their tenure in The Shoppes of College Park. 
What happened at The Shoppes that made these 3 ladies leave? Rutters told us the Shoppes was a co-op but not really. They had designated spaces that weren't integrated with the other areas but eventually things got "unprofessional." 
The first of the three to give their notice to vacate was Ferrante. The other two followed suit soon after. 
The day before her annual sidewalk sale,…

Pizza Touch Vending Machine Gone due to Technical Problems

We told you in 2012 that the very first pizza vending machine has its roots right here in Orlando. It was shown at a trade show here for the first time publicly in 2003. 
Orlando recently became the home of 3 Pizza Touch (Website) vending machines. They're placed in 3 different Central Florida businesses (2 in Orlando, 1 in Lakeland). 
One of the 3 pizza vending machines is gone. The Quality Suites at 7400 Canada Avenue (MAP) had its Pizza Touch removed. According to employees, it was taken away due to too many technical problems.  
Guests at the hotel have been taken care of, however: the hotel still offers a frozen pizza in their small lobby food area for $6. 

Orlandos New Billion Dollar Farm-Hood to Have Edible Walking Trails, 9 Acre Farm and More

Orange County Commissioners approved plans for a $1 billion 2,078-home development called The Grow (Website) just east of the 408 off SR 50 according to Orlando Business Journal. 

It's known as an Agri-Hood and begins construction Summer 2017.

The Grow will include the following:

9 acre revenue-generating working farm - A team of agriculturists manage and maintain the land to grow an array of foods for the community, farm-and-table restaurant, local vendors and more. The farm also serves as an educational venue for schools and social groups to attend programs created by the agriculturists to learn about plants, soils and farming techniques.21 acres of community gardens - These gardens are integrated into the neighborhoods for residents to grow their own vegetables, fruits or flowers. Residents will have the educational support of the on-site agriculturists. Edible walking trails - Hike through the community while gathering fruits, berries, nuts and more. weekly farmers market - Th…

Chamberlins Grocery Store Opened

Chamberlins natural grocery store started its soft opening Tuesday with a grand opening planned for October 8th.
The 10,000 sq ft store is located at 4924 E. Colonial Drive. 
Chamberlins is a local business started in 1935.