The House of Pho opens off John Young Parkway, Pints for Pulse is this weekend, plus more in local foodie news

Sodo Sushi takes over the old OLV Café space, Pints for Pulse is this weekend, plus more in local foodie news
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DoveCote, the new brasserie by chef Clayton Miller, James and Julie Petrakis, and Gene Zimmerman, has opened on the ground floor of the Bank of America building ... The House of Pho has opened in the Sand Lake Corners plaza off John Young Parkway ... Sweet on Park Dessert & Wine Bar has opened across Lake Eola on the corner of Rosalind Avenue and East Washington Street ... Sodo Sushi Bar & Grill has opened in the former OLV Cafe space.


Aashirwad Indian Restaurant is moving across the street into the former Flavours of India/Singh's/KC's Pub/Santos space ... Look for another Chicken Salad Chick to open in Lake Nona in the next few weeks ... Marlow's Tavern in Lee Vista celebrates its grand opening Aug. 9 ... Over at Disney Springs: The Polite Pig by James and Julie Petrakis (they're a busy pair!) and Brian Petrakis (James' brother) opens in spring 2017; Blaze Pizza will open there in the coming weeks ... Coming in fall 2016: Bartaco in Dr. Phillips and Foxtail Coffee Co. in the State Auto Body building in Winter Park.


Amazonas Latin Grill in the Sand Lake Corners plaza has closed, but the owners plan to open a new concept in the same space – Latin Square Cuisine.


After 15 years, K Restaurant in College Park is finally doing a happy hour: 5-7 p.m. Monday to Friday ... Pints for Pulse, a craft beer festival benefiting the OneOrlando Fund, is 1 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Orlando Festival Park. Cost is $50 ... Scott Pizzo, Cask & Larder chef de cuisine, and Seito Sushi's Austin Boyd host a one-night-only ramen pop-up dinner 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1. Call Cask & Larder for deets ... The Wine Room hosts the Taste of Italy Wine & Cheese Festival Aug. 7 from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $55 ... Glenfiddich hosts a scotch pairing dinner Aug. 9 at Spencer's for Steaks & Chops at the Hilton Orlando. Cost is $78 ... The 27th annual Taste of the Nation gala melds food with fundraising Aug. 27 at the Orlando World Marriott Center. Beneficiaries include the Coalition for the Homeless, Second Harvest Food Bank and Florida Impact. Cost is $150 ... Menus for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival (Sept. 14-Nov. 14) have been released. Hoping the Jamaican beef patties from Islands of the Caribbean will be worthy (and spicy).

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