| May 7, 2014
| 11:54 AM
Chef Greg Richie tells me that the name of the new concept going in the Hue space in Orlando's Thornton Park is Soco) and that it "will feature Southern Contemporary cuisine." Keep checking back for more details on the exciting new dining spot near...
| May 7, 2014
| 8:31 AM
The city of Winter Park has declared June 8 as Mr. Covelli Day to honor the passing of restaurant franchise pioneer Albert Covelli.
Covelli was founder of Covelli Enterprises, the nation’s largest franchisee of Panera Bread and the fourth-...
| May 12, 2014
| 2:32 PM
Orlando Fringe Festival leaders think the way to theatergoers' hearts is through their stomachs.
When the oldest Fringe festival in the United States opens Wednesday, it will offer an increasingly upscale menu. On weekend evenings, the hungry will be...
| May 9, 2014
| 9:00 PM
On Friday, the day after SunRail's launch, I watched as joy riders crowded on trains, and eventually dispersed at the various rail stops, including Park Avenue in Winter Park, to visit, shop and gawk at neighborhoods that were seemingly inaccessible to...
| May 20, 2014
| 9:00 PM
In the words of county singer Toby Keith, "I love this bar."
In the past year and a half as the Orlando Sentinel's night-life columnist, I've said those words more times than I can count. Restaurants, parks, housing: All are essential parts of a...
| May 28, 2014
| 1:45 PM
"Foraged Along the Way" is the theme of the Florida-driven June 3 dinner at James Beard House in New York. Chefs Kevin Fonzo (K Restaurant, Orlando), Bram Fowler (Journeys Catering, Orlando) and Hari Pulapaka (Cress, DeLand) will be assisted by...
| May 4, 2014
Emeril's Tchoup Chop, the upscale Asian-Polynesian eatery at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, has undergone a transformation that includes a new chef de cuisine, general manager, updated menus and a minimally revamped interior.
| May 5, 2014
| 7:38 AM
Brian's Restaurant in the Ivanhoe Village area of downtown has a new owner and will soon be getting a new name: Elliott's Public House.
Karl Elliott, former executive chef at Rollins College, bought Brian’s Restaurant just a few weeks ago with...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 11:40 AM
Stuffed chicken Marsala? Spicy Calabrian wings? This is not my mother's Olive Garden. OK, in many ways it still is. But this week the company rolled out new menus with more options to customize meals and help the lunch brigade get in an out quicker....
| Apr 25, 2014
More than 75 million diners will be making reservations for Mother's Day dinner, according to the National Restaurant Association. Central Florida has many options for celebrating on May 11 with family and friends. Here is just a sampling of local...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 1:11 PM
Virgin Olive Market in downtown Orlando will close at 4 p.m. Friday, according the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant's Facebook page. A call to the eatery confirmed the news. In 2009, Virgin Olive moved from Winter Park to Orlando next to Citrus...