OPENINGS: Jax Deli & Ale House is in soft opening phase in the old Baoery space in Thornton Park, as is Too Much Sauce in Mills Park ... Buda Libre by former Iron Chef America contestant Roberto Treviño will open in a couple of weeks in the old Maddey's Craft & Cru space on Church Street downtown ... Peppino's Organic Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria opens on Curry Ford Road (in the newly minted Hourglass District) at the end of the month; expect Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub to open down the road by the end of the year...Pesaro's Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant will open in the old Milano's Bistro space in Avalon Park ... And over in Trump Country, Guy Fieri's American Kitchen & Bar has opened in the Villages.
CLOSINGS: After five years, Flame Broiler on Church Street downtown has closed ... Joe's Crab Shack on South Apopka-Vineland Road has closed as its parent company struggles through bankruptcy proceedings.
NEWS: Grubhub has acquired OrderUp's food delivery service.
EVENTS: Margarita Fest has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24, from 3-6 p.m. at Wall Street Plaza ... On Thursday, Sept. 28, the MetroWest Food Truck Takeover takes place at Veranda Park with 10-15 food trucks present ... The 17th annual Taste of Thailand Fall Food Festival goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wat Florida Dhammaram of Kissimmee ... This month local doughnut-slinger Orlandough pops up at Retromended (noon Saturday, Sept. 23) and the New General (9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30) ... I-Drive 360 hosts an International Food & Drink Festival Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., featuring foods from Puerto Rico, Colombia, Italy, Spain, Chile, Peru, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the Middle East, India, Venezuela, Thailand and more.
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