OPENINGS Look for Taco68, a "Mexican-fusion specialty taco shop," to open inside the Basement downtown on 68 E. Pine St. ... Dead Lizard Brewing Company, situated near the Mall at Millenia, has opened on 36th Street ... 1921 by Norman Van Aken is in soft opening mode and will officially open Aug. 16 ... Blaze Pizza has opened in Disney Springs ... Flying Fish is open on Disney's Boardwalk.
CLOSINGS Somm, the I-Drive 360 wine bar by the same folks who brought us Slate in Dr. Phillips, has poured its last glass ... The strip mall housing mainstay Irish pub Claddagh Cottage (and other businesses) on Curry Ford Road will be torn down to make way for a Walgreens. Claddagh owners Scott Vocca and Vicki Gish, who purchased the pub from Jimmy Mulvaney in February, have set up a GoFundMe page to help them relocate the pub: gofundme.com/claddaghcottagepub ... Maddey's Craft & Cru will be temporarily closed until September due to "unforeseen circumstances."
NEWS/EVENTS Brick Road Courier will add hot meals from Swine & Sons to their delivery roster beginning today (Wednesday, Aug. 10). Delivery area is limited to a three-mile radius ... Twenty trucks will pull up at the Food Truck Bazaar Sunday, Aug. 14, from 5-8 p.m. at Orlando Fashion Square Mall ... Funky Monkey on I-Drive celebrates Julia Child's 104th birthday at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, with an eight-course dinner paired with French wine. Cost is $99 ... The supercheesy O-Town MacDown goes from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Osceola Heritage Park. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for kids ... The Dinner Party Project's second anniversary party is Saturday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a five-course dinner, including cocktail hour, beer and wine, with each course crafted by a local chef. Cost is $75, or $100 for VIP ... The Osprey Tavern hosts a wine dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, featuring Oregon's Adelsheim Vineyard. Cost is $100 ... Orlando Magical Dining Month runs from Aug. 29 to Oct. 2. Several Orlando restaurants will offer prix-fixe dinner menus for $33 ... The Seneff Arts Plaza will be home to this year's Festival of Bacon, running 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. Admission cost is $24.
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