Chef shuffle: Farm-Haus, Orlando's farm-to-table dinner delivery service, has announced CIA graduate Julian De Garden as their new head chef. And chef de cuisine Joe Cournoyer-Burnett and sous-chef Elek Kovacs are leaving the Ravenous Pig for "a new hog pen" – said pen being Baldwin Park's new Osprey Tavern. Chef Nick Sierputowski, most recently at Cask & Larder, will be the new chef de cuisine at RavPig.
After years of pleasing Orlandoans in other locations, Chef Eddie's has moved into the West Church Street spot most recently vacated by McKnight's Soul Food (and before that, Fish N Loaves and Johnson's Diner). Fingers crossed that this latest soul-food purveyor stays put in the Amway Center-adjacent Parramore location.
OPENINGS: The Waterford Lakes location of Marlow's Tavern is scheduled to open June 9; it will be their third local outpost ... Kokino Tapas Bar has opened on Turkey Lake Road in Dr. Phillips, with a daily-changing selection of small plates, a monthly-changing drinks list, and what they claim is the largest tartare menu in Orlando ... PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality) opens June 7 on Rinehart Road in Sanford. The fast-casual resto specializes in hand-battered chicken tenders ... Chef Stefano Tedeschi of Stefano's Grill in Dr. Phillips will open Caprino's Pizza Bar in Windermere; it will be a sports bar, with a more casual atmosphere than the Grill ... Giovanni's Italian Restaurant just opened a fifth location in Lake Nona ... Umi Restaurant opened May 19 in Winter Park, in the Park Avenue spot across from BurgerFi that has seen at least three other sushi restaurants in the past decade.
BRIEFLY: Oviedo's Sushi Pop just unveiled a newly expanded cocktail lounge ... House Blend Cafe's annual crawfish boil starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30 ... Shantell's Café has moved across South Sanford Avenue, from 406 to 417 ... The long-lived Juliana's Restaurant in College Park has closed; the owners have opened a new space in Longwood, CJ's Italian Kitchen & Bar. Jim Lakey, owner of Gallery on the Edge, plans a new restaurant called Caliente in the old Juliana's space.
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