By Mark Baratelli, Editor
The Daily City
A food hall may be coming to the Ivanhoe Village main street district according to the Tampa Business Journal. They're saying The Yard at Ivanhoe, a large 591-unit mixed use development under construction in Ivanhoe Village, is in talks with the owner of a food hall in Tampa called The Hall on Franklin to build a food hall inside a portion of the 31,000 sq ft of retail space within the development.
Helpful Link: Guide to Orlando Food Halls
Construction on the Luckys Market across from Floor and Decor and Orlando Fashion Square Mall has begun with a scheduled opening set for May. Some of the large scale grocery stores in that area of Orlando are now busy making improvements to combat this new grocery store entrant. The Publix inside Baldwin Park is adding a by-the-pound food bar to the deli like both Luckys and Whole Foods are known for and new health items near the front door. The Target catty corner to the Luckys shopping center began its storewide overhaul over a month ago. It’s already installed a full size Starbucks just inside the front door, moved departments from one end of the store to the next, and is in the midst of a new exterior paint job.
Sideward Brewing Company, a new brewery, taproom, and kitchen inside a 100 year old warehouse in The Milk District at 210 N Bumby Avenue is celebrating its grand opening March 30th. The owners of the brewery, offering a selection of beer, cider, cold brew, and more have big goals ahead for themselves: they say they want to help make Orlando a nationally-recognized craft beer destination.
The owners of the one year old mobile coffee cart business Cups and Pups Coffee, Matt and April Guldi, are transforming the land on which their curbile cart resides off of Hwy 441 in Lockhart (just North of College Park), into a dog and coffee kingdom! The land will soon feature an 8,000 sq. ft off-leash dog park, a 1959 Airstream trailer- turned- walk-up coffee window, open air seating, patio space for lounging and outdoor games, and an additional smaller park for dogs under 30 lbs.
Work has begun on the renovations coming to Wally’s in the Mills 50 District at 1001 N. Mills Ave. Visible changes to the exterior include the removal of the blue, tan and sand colored tiles along with the double row of glass bricks covering the right chunk of the front facade. The tiles on the sidewalk are the same color and design as the ones that formerly covered the front wall. The owners told the Orlando Weekly last year they wanted to make improvements but keep the divey vibe, so it's possible the tiles and glass bricks will be returned to their former location. The Daily City will share tile and glass brick updates as the work progresses!
The new location of Sushi Eat Station opened in the Mills 50 District recently at 1830 E Colonial Drive. The restaurant serves sushi in bowls, rolls and wraps. The interior is an energetic space with two large murals and a hedge wall that reads “sushi is bae.” The larger of the two murals has lots of in-jokes Orlando locals will enjoy. Parking is in the rear with a convenient back entrance.
Two Orlando locals will be opening a mobile plant shop soon called B W H Plant Company. The shop is a refurbished trailer with shelving and a fold down entrance door. The two owners will be selling easy care plants, hand-crafted pots and planters, and other merchandise, and will be popping up around town in the next couple months.
More than 40 of the area’s top chefs, bakers, caterers and drink purveyors will be serving and pouring at the 34th annual Taste of Winter Park 5pm-8pm Wednesday, April 17th at the Winter Park Famers Market building. Thousands come each year to sample signature dishes, cool beverages and decadent desserts as well as enjoy live entertainment. Tickets are $65 at the door or $60 online at http://winterpark.org
For the first time in its history, Orlando International Airport is poised to become one of the ten busiest airports in the entire nation. The preliminary figures, from Airports Council International, indicate that Orlando International will register as the United States’ tenth busiest airport for 2018, up from the 11th position in 2017. Also, Orlando International is on track to potentially break the 50 million traveler mark later this year. In January, passenger traffic increased by 5.4 percent overall led by a nearly 16.5 percent increase in international travelers and a 3.73 percent increase in domestic travelers. For 2018, Orlando International remained the busiest airport in the state of Florida.
ORLANDO FLEA - MARCH 31 - The Daily City brings back the hugely popular Orlando Flea indoor makers market event with 35 local 👜artisans, 🍪dessert makers, and 🌮lunch slingers! The fun takes place inside a lovely two-story downtown oasis with🍹stiff dranks Sunday March 31st 12-4pm at @celine_orlando at 22 S. Magnolia Ave in downtown Orlando. Kid and pet friendly. www.orlandoflea.com