Local Orlando news!
By Mark Baratelli
1. Butchers Open Pizza Spot
Orlando Meats' new pizza project Recess Pizza opened last week at 131 N Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando inside orange county brewers. Culinary Director Eliot Hillis and Head Chef Seth Parker developed an alkaline dough for their pizza crust. "In the same vein as ramen or pretzel, the shifting transition from base into acidity lends itself to an interesting combination of textures and great flavor.” The menu will also include a selection of hot sandwiches and salads. Brunch items will be available on weekends.
2. Wallys. Is. Open.
Wally’s Bar in Mills 50 had its official grand re-opening last week, welcoming guests into its still-dark but newly refurbished and 100% smoke-free interior. Portions of the famous nekkid lady wallpaper remain. Memorabilia and photos from the bar’s past can be found nailed to one section of the wall in the infamous dive bar. The package store now sells in addition to liquor - logo t-shirts.
3. Dog Food Maker Moves
Rick’s Dog Deli has moved from its longtime home off of Corrine in the Audubon Park Garden District to 2404 Coolidge Ave in College Park. The business sells simple, whole and fresh food for dogs.
4. Comic Book Haul On View
More than 150 boxes containing over 40-thousand comic books, some dating back to the 1940s, valued at over $300,000, was recently purchased by Orlando-based comic book shop chain Coliseum of Comics. They purchased the collection from the estate of former friend and customer Roy Brown, who passed away in 2018. It marks the largest single acquisition for the company in its 36 years in business. Comic book fans can view a portion of the collection at the chain’s Kissimmee location at 2511 Old Vineland Rd.
5. East End Market-Like Space May Come to Winter Garden
A 40,000 sq ft former citrus packing plant on 3.7 acres at 1061 Tildenville School Road in Winter Garden will go through adaptive reuse starting this year and come out the other end as a dedicated space for food, retail, art, community, and office space if the project's future land use request gets approved on June 27th by Winter Garden City Commission according to Growthspotter. The Packing Plant is an approximately 27 minute drive from downtown Orlando.The project sounds similar to East End Market in Orlando and Oxford Exchange in Tampa. Both projects feature multiple uses within an adaptive reuse scenario. Central Florida has been receiving announcements left and right for large scale projects featuring multiple tenants in both existing and new construction buildings, but most have focused solely on food.
6. Sushi Spot Not Open But Hangs Sign
It was announced January of last year that U-Roll Sushi would be opening a spot in downtown Orlando at 100 East Pine Street. An opening date has not been announced but a sign is has recently been spotted hanging in the restaurant's window. The 1,700 sq ft space will seat 42 people according to Orlando Sentinel. They currently have a location open at 7685 E Colonial Drive in East Orlando. URoll Sushi allows guests to create their own sushi roll, rice bowl, or salad bowl.
7. Cigar Shop Opens In Former Restaurant Space
After 4 years at its current location at 334 N Park Avenue in Winter Park, Belicoso Cigars and Cafe is moving to a unique two-story building in the Mills Park shopping center at 1618 N Mills Ave in Mills 50. The space is the former home of two different concepts: Segafredo, and Four Rebels American Taco Kitchen. Guests will enjoy weekly and monthly live events including Whiskey, Beer and Cigar tastings, a broader offering of music including Latin, Jazz and Blues, and a lite menu of Latin food offerings. Reservations will be accepted for the rooftop seating area. No opening date has been announced.