OPENINGS: As a result of a $250,000 grant from the USDA, the city will launch the Parramore Farmers Market Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orlando City Soccer Stadium beginning Jan. 6 ... Look for the District Gastro Bar and Social Eating House to open on West Church Street in the Parramore District next spring ... Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream on South Fern Creek Avenue has opened ... Sticky Rice, from Soupa Saiyan owner Marshall Phanthachit, will open later this month in the old Pho 407 space on East Colonial Drive. The restaurant will specialize in Laotian fare ... Taiwanese bubble tea chain ViVi Bubble Tea will open on East Colonial Drive near Chuan Lu Garden by the end of the year ... Huey Magoo's Chicken Tenders is now open at the Shoppes at Lake Mary.
CLOSINGS: Tchoup Chop, the Emeril Lagasse-branded restaurant near Universal Orlando, will close at the end of the year ... Douce France Bakery in Winter Garden has shut down their retail operation to focus on wholesale business.
EVENTS: On Thursday, Nov. 2, 50 percent of every sale at Chipotle Mexican Grill will benefit Special Olympics Florida ... Chef Brandon McGlamery and the Park Lights Hospitality Group host the Fall Fest & Hurricane Relief Luncheon for Zenn Naturals at Luke's Kitchen & Bar from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Chefs from Smiling Bison and 1921 will also take part. A minimum donation of $50 is suggested, which includes two complimentary drink tickets ... Meet Orlando's finest mixologists at Eden Bar's annual Elixir Mixer Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. Cost is $20 ... Dining to Heal, a four-course meal to benefit RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) takes place Friday, Nov. 3, at DoveCote Brasserie. Cost is $140.
NEWS: Circo Orlando, the fancy retractable-roofed restaurant anchoring Josh Wallack's Hollywood Plaza project, will not tower over I-Drive as previously reported. The cancellation was a result of recent financial troubles the Maccioni Restaurant Group (who own NYC's Le Cirque and who have a hand in Circo Orlando) are experiencing. No word yet on what restaurant will replace Circo atop Hollywood Plaza.
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