7 Things to Know This Week
By Mark Baratelli
1. Wally's Changes Opening Date Popular Dive Bar Wally’s on Mills in the Mills50 District had previously announced their grand re-opening date would be May 31st via the countdown clock on their website. Sometime between May 13th, the day we told you the May 31st opening date and May 31st Wally’s changed the clock. It’s now scheduled to open two weeks from May 31st. To keep up with the opening date and the clock, fans of the legendary bar can go to wallysonmills.com.
2. Colonial Lucky's Gets Opening Date The Lucky’s Market currently under construction across from Fashion Square Mall at 3230 East Colonial Drive has an opening date set: June 19th. The grocery store’s general offerings will be similar to its other Orlando locations including an extensive grab and go section.
3. New Downtown Bar Opens There’s a new bar in Downtown Orlando. The team behind the two story performance space and club called Celine at 22 S. Magnolia Avenue bought and renovated a small bar space next door. The name of the new bar is “Sportsclub at Celine.” The two spaces connect at a shared hallway which contains two restrooms and a separate entrance.
4. Billy Manes Mural Hung A mural in tribute to local icon and advocate Billy Manes called the Billy Manes Legacy Mural has been hung on the side of Burtons Bar in Thornton Park at 801 East Washington Street. It features Manes seated in a gothic, church-like wooden chair and draped with a purple king’s robe and crown. The top of the chair is inscribed with a line from a song by the band Duran Duran called Wild Boys. It reads, “Wild Boys Always Shine.” The mural was painted by Michael Pilato and Yuriy Karabash and is based on a photo shot by Rob Bartlett. Manes passed away in 2017 from complications from a sudden onset of pneumonia according to Orlando Sentinel. The large side wall at Burtons Bar will soon receive more artwork as more murals depicting local notables are in the works.
5. 150 New Tasers Almost $400,000 will be spent by the Orlando Police Department on the purchase of 150 new tasers according to the City Council consent agenda for Monday June 3rd. The tasers will be given to new officers and used as spare units. The purchase will be made from Scottsdale, Arizona company Axon Enterprise, which is the manufacturer and sole authorized distributor of the Taser Model X2. The consent agenda is a list of items acted upon by the City Council through a single vote. An item can be considered separately by decision of the Mayor or majority vote of City Council.
6. Local Juice Bar Opens Downtown College Park juice bar New Moon Market has expanded their reach by opening a new location in downtown on the first floor of the Citrus Center Building at 255 South Orange Avenue. The juice bar is inside a former jewelry store.
7. Second Bar for Guesthouse Opens The Guesthouse, a popular bar in the Mills50 District, has opened a new bar right next door called The Sunroom at 1315 North Mills Avenue. The aesthetic and drink menu is similar to the Guesthouse. The soft opening will be around June 8th with a grand opening expected in a month according to Bungalower.
It's happening this week:
This Sunday: A farmers market is essential to city life, but sweating through one during the hottest months of the year is not. So The Daily City is putting together a one-day-only test run of a new concept called Downtown Indoor Farmers Market Sunday June 9th 12-4pm inside Celine Orlando at 22 S. Magnolia Ave. Expect local vendors (no resellers!), lunch, dranks, and of course - air conditioning. Free admission. Kid and dog friendly. www.downtownindoorfarmersmarket.com