Greg Richie’s Soco opens in Thornton Park 

Plus Florida Local Food Summit, National Coffee Day and five more restaurant openings

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Soco, the latest restaurant from the Thornton Park Restaurant Group and headed by chef Greg Richie (Cityfish), opened last week. Richie et al. are still keeping mum about TPRG’s third restaurant, planned for the former Urban ReThink space in between Cityfish and Soco.

Julie Casey, a restaurant consultant and College Park resident, will open an eatery serving made-from-scratch “twisted classics” in the current Dunkin’ Donuts locale on Edgewater Drive when the chain vacates the space. The name will be revealed Oct. 13, with a December or January opening.

In other College Park news, RusTeak will move into the O-Town Pizza & Wing Co. space in mid-October, not the Hangar Bar & Grille space as previously reported. Turns out RusTeak’s owners opted to purchase the building housing the pizza and wing joint rather than lease the old Hangar space.

La Femme du Fromage, Peterbrooke Chocolatier and Quantum Leap Winery team up to teach a class on cheese, chocolate and wine pairings from 7:30-9 p.m at Quantum Leap. Friday, Sept. 26. Cost is $45 per person.

In honor of National Coffee Day, Sept. 29, Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen will offer BOGO coffee and espresso drinks all day long, as well as complimentary Brewsticks (single-serve packets of cold-brew concentrate) with every order, throughout the day at both the Winter Park and downtown Orlando locations.

Florida Organic Growers, East End Market, Local Roots Distribution and Earth Learning partner up to host the Florida Local Food Summit, a slow food/locavore celebration Oct. 3 and 4 at East End Market. More info at floridafoodsummit.com.

Openings: Green Kitchen, a health-food restaurant, in the I-Drive/Kirkman Road area; Highball & Harvest at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando; Duffy’s Sports Grill near the Mall at Millenia; and JJ’s Grille, offering a Mex-Med fusion in the Crystal Lake Plaza on Curry Ford Road.

BRIEFLY:

Look for a Zaza New Cuban Diner to open on South State Road 434 in Altamonte Springs this fall … Broken Strings Brewery should open on Virginia Drive by early 2015 … In case you missed it, the Epcot Food & Wine Fest kicked off this weekend.

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