Susuru Juju opens in Colonialtown next month, Elevate Rooftop Lounge replaces old M Lounge in Ivanhoe Village and more Orlando food news

Susuru Juju will not resemble its original Pizza Hut form
Susuru Juju will not resemble its original Pizza Hut form rendering courtesy Lewis Lin

OPENINGS + CLOSINGS: Immersion, the modernist multicourse tasting experience by chef Rikku Ó'Donnchü, has ceased operations at London House. Ó'Donnchü is no longer at the Dr. Phillips venue, but will resuscitate the concept in a new location with new partners. Look for Rikū to open later this year or in early 2023 ... Susuru Juju, the retro-themed izakaya fusing homey simplicity with a healthy dose of nostalgia, will open this August at 700 Maguire Blvd. near East Colonial Drive. Owner Lewis Lin, who also runs Susuru on Palm Parkway, has completely gutted the former Pizza Hut building to create a space saturated in 1960s Shōwa-era style ... Soupakase, the omakase subconcept by chef David Tsan, is no longer being offered inside Soupa Saiyan 3 near UCF. Tsan will move the concept (under a different name) to the Plant Street Market in late August/early September ...

Wafu Taiyaki, specializing in sweet and savory Japanese fish-shaped waffles, has opened on the second floor of East End Market ... Shipley Do-Nuts, the Houston-based shop specializing in handcrafted donuts, kolaches and other fried dough goodies, will open an outpost at 5919 S. Orange Blossom Trail before the end of the year ... Look for Taiwanese bubble tea outfit Happy Lemon to open at 11565 University Blvd. ... Elevate Rooftop Lounge has opened in the old M Lounge space in Ivanhoe Village. Two happy hours are offered, from 6-8 p.m. and 11 p.m.–2 a.m. ... Boil Spot Hot Pot & BBQ, a sister operation to Nine Spices Hot Pot, has opened at 8133 Vineland Ave. near I-Drive ... Poke Mexican Soul, fusing Asian and Mexican flavors, will open downtown in the former New Moon Market space at 255 S. Orange Ave.

NEWS + EVENTS: Holden Hub, the social gathering space and food hall proposed for South Orange Avenue in Edgewood, has been scrapped and will no longer happen ... The Ceylon Hut food truck will debut its newest food truck Friday, July 1, at A La Cart. Look for Ceylon Roti Hut, serving Sri Lankan street food and roti melts ... Pizza Bruno celebrates its sixth anniversary with a parking lot party Saturday, July 2, at 7 p.m. ... The first Thornton Park Chili Cook-off goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at The Veranda. Tickets are $29 ($30 day of) and the event will feature creations from Graffiti Junktion, The 808, F&D Cantina, Mason Jar Provisions, Cavo's, Anthony's Pizza and Island Time.

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