Shantell takes a rest, ABC’s ‘The Chew’ comes to Epcot, Cityfish closes and more in our weekly food news roundup

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Shantell's Cafe in Sanford is not closing July 20, as was earlier reported. Chef-owner Shantell Williams (who has a killer singing voice, BTW) announced on the café's Facebook page that she would "take a small break to catch up on rest, motherhood and sleep. But Shantell's Café will be open for business" with help from her family and friends.

The cast of ABC's The Chew is coming to Epcot's Food & Wine Festival this year. For information on how to be part of the live audience, visit

The Downtown Orlando Partnership has launched Downtown Orlando Food Tours, taking guests to sample various eating and drinking establishments around the Central Business District Saturdays between 2-4 p.m. Cost is $35.

Reportedly owing more than $1.5 million in contractor fees and rent, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill has closed. Courtesy of the Red, Red and Red, I suppose.

In celebration of their seventh anniversary Aug. 29, Cress Restaurant in DeLand will unveil their new concept, inspired by their popular chef's table. Also: Sunday brunch!

The Colonial Room Restaurant will open sometime this month on First Street in Sanford ... Ferg's Depot plans to open next month downtown, in the historic train depot on Church Street ... Cityfish has closed; chef Greg Richie and the Thornton Park Restaurant Group will open a new concept in the space this fall ... Shubee's Coastal Grill & Bar at the Regal Oaks Resort near Disney has opened ... Jimmy Hula's has opened in Altamonte Springs in the former Namaste Indian Cuisine space.

Swine & Sons hosts a wine dinner prepared by Ravenous Pig chefs to showcase Napa Valley vineyard Rudd Winery July 22; cost is $125 per person ... As part of their first anniversary celebrations, the Four Seasons Resort offers two special three-course dinners Aug. 3: one at Ravello for $33 per person, and one at Capa for $55 per person ... Magical Dining Month, the annual restaurant promotion presented by the Visit Orlando tourism bureau, starts Aug. 24 and runs through the month of September.

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