We need a new thread for openings in the Central Florida area in 2011 - this is the catch-up post and let's add in actual openings or rumblings and rumors as the year progresses (thanks to Scott Joseph for alot of this content)
City Fire, the new restaurant from many of the people who previously brought you Pebbles and Harvey’s Bistro is open in the former Urban Flats location in the Dellagio Plaza on Sand Lake's Restaurant Row. The menu has been designed by Tony Pace, the chef who created such local favorites as the Nutty Cheesy Salad, Thumbits and Chicken Vesuvio.
Terrace 390 Bistro will be opening in the former Harvey’s Bistro space in downtown Orlando soon.
Pine Twenty 2 opened downtown in the former Black Olive space, specializing in burgers
Heat Tandoor Lounge on Church St near the Amway Center also opened recently. You can expect an upscale, trendy kind of space at Heat and a menu that offers tapas size Indian fare.
Shipyard Emporium in Winter Parkis a brewpub, which also features a market and bakery.
Saffron Indian Cuisine is newly opened on Sand Lake's Restaurant Row in the old La Nuova Cucina space next to La Rouge. Expect a stylish take on Indian food (more Indian!)
Tibby's has opened as a well-reviewed Cajun place in Winter Park
Announced but not yet open is a great sounding idea from Jamie McFadden, the much celebrated chef and co-owner of Cuisiniers Catering called barJme (pronounce it bar Jamie). It will be a 10-seat interactive food counter in the kitchens of Cuisiniers facilities in Winter Park. Similar in style to Joel Robuchon’s L’Atelier in New York.
Fish 'n' Loaves soul food opened in the forner Johnson's Diner location downtown.
Ran Getsu (late of I-Drive) is reopening with a new Japanese concept in Maitland
And finally, the food truck craze has belatedly made it to O-Town with the Korean Taco Truck on East Colonial and the soon to be launched Big Wheel Provisions truck.
What have I missed? Let's keep this thing going all year, plus chime in with any thoughts on these places or rumors you may have heard.