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Minnesota Avenue Crossing Closure in Winter Park

SunRail is scheduled to upgrade the Minnesota Avenue railroad crossing in Winter Park from 9 p.m. Friday, July 28, through Tuesday, August 1. The work will include construction of new concrete panels and asphalt approaches to provide a safer and smoother crossing for motorists.

The crossing at Minnesota was recently added to SunRail’s Track Renewal and Grade Crossing Upgrade Project, which has replaced 54 crossings at 34 locations along the existing SunRail line from DeBary in Volusia County to Sand Lake Road in Orange County. This is the last crossing to be completed as part of the $9.6 million project.

During the closure, traffic traveling on Minnesota Avenue will be directed to use Barnum Avenue and Denning Drive as a detour. Access to all businesses will be maintained.

For the latest information on this construction project, visit

Former PR's Taco Palace For Rent

The 4,000 sq ft building at 499 W. Fairbanks Avenue (MAP) in Winter Park is for rent. The former PR's Taco Palace location's screaming neon exterior walls have been silenced with a thick layer of bland dark taupe paint. Interior work has begun which includes new ceiling tiles and baseboards among other pairs. The restaurant closed in June. The building's rent is $6,000 a month. Call 407-592-3401 for rent information. 

Pipoca Gourmet Popcorn in Baldwin Park

Pipoca Gourmet Popcorn (Facebook) at 4804 New Broad Street opened two months ago in Baldwin Park. The word "pipoca" means popcorn in Porteuguese. They sell bags of popcorn with 3, 6 and 9 scoops inside. The flavors are numerous and include churro, almond, watermelon, Oreo and more. The owners are from Brazil and used to run a sushi restaurant in Winter Garden. The shop also owns a popcorn bike!

Lucky's Market Going in These 4 Central Florida Spots

We told you in June that Ben Friedland, The VP of Marketing for Lucky's Market, the beer-while-you-shop, Trader-Joes-Meets-Whole-Foods grocery store, confirmed that more Orlando locations are in the works beyond the first one at 11750 E. Colonial Drive. (Source:Growthspotter).
According to Orlando Sentinel, Lucky's will be opening in the following areas of Central Florida. 
1. Winter Park opens late 2018 at 7542 University Boulevard
2. Hunter’s Creek opens Fall 2017 at 4161 Town Center Boulevard. 
3.Downtown South at Southside Shoppes opens spring/summer 2018
4. Clermont opens late 2018 at 1500 E. Highway 50.

Audubon Park Mid Century Modern House for Sale

Walk to East End Market, Blue Bird Bake Shop and Redlight Redlight from this Audubon Park mid-century modern home! Built in 1954, the home at 3709 Virginia Drive, Orlando FL 32803 (MAP) has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, terrazzo flooring and a large Florida/sun room. The backyard is shaded by mature oak tree. Roof replaced in 2012. Electric panels updated in 2015. The seller is providing a home warranty. Downtown Orlando, Baldwin Park, Fashion Square Mall, Winter Park and Mills50 Main Street are close by. $314,900. Read Full Listing Here. CONTACT Realtor Shane Carson at 407-462-1310 with ERA Grizzard Realty.

What's Going into the Red Mug Diner When it Re-Opens?

Red Mug Diner at 63 East Pine Street (MAP) will close according to Scott Joseph. The Daily City spoke with one of the two owners and plans are still in place to cut the diner in half. One half will be Miami-based Ono Poke Shop (Instagram | Facebook).

According to the co-owner, there are two options for the Red Mug Diner half:
It will re-open as a full liquor bar that serves foodIt will be leased out. They're expecting offers for tenants and are open to national ones.  The owners of Red Mug Diner also own the whole building which has a second floor. We told you in January that the second floor was completely gutted with no walls or flooring and up for grabs. Watch our video walk-thru. The space will have stairs that lead up to it from the front of the building.

P.S. Please consider supporting our small, Orlando-loving team by attending our Food Truck Bazaars. We truly appreciate your support!

Downtown South Now a Testing Ground for Community Design

In 2015 we told you Complete Streets was coming to Orlando and that SODO was the first district to get the treatment. It's finally taking shape in the form of Our Sodo. This new series of inter-related visioning and planning efforts kicked off May 31st. 
Our Sodo's Complete Streets Master Plan will bring SODO a unified design vision for roadways, pedestrian/bike facilities, streetscape materials and landscaping. effort is called  These efforts are aimed at "enhancing Orlando’s South Downtown as a place of shared local business, retail services, residential living and community character."
The Our Sodo project will incorporate the many stakeholders of Downtown South throughout the process, including property + business owners, FDOT, The SoDo District (Main Street Program), and Orange County.
This project began on May 31st when multi-day public charrettes were held. A charrette is a meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map so…