Seminole County blog The Bokey
reports that the owners of the Smiling Bison
gastropub plan a second location in downtown Sanford, to occupy the Magnolia Square spot formerly home to Marco Dino Ristorante.
Chef Josh Oakley was quoted as saying that he and his business partner, Ron Thomas, have not yet decided whether the Sanford restaurant will carry the Smiling Bison moniker or another name. Oakley and Thomas are also trying to finalize the menu concept.
“It will be similar to what we’re doing now – a focus on the craft of cooking using the freshest ingredients and making everything from scratch,” Oakley said. The new restaurant will offer several craft beers as well as a full liquor bar.
One of Oakley's signature dishes, the Duck Lover's pizza, recently claimed a spot in our June 3 cover story, "The 20 local dishes we absolutely love right now."
The Smiling Bison will also represent at Bite Night
on Monday, June 29.