December 23, 2014

52 Orlando restaurants that closed in 2014 plus one happy resurrection

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While this was a banner year for new restaurants (see “Top tables of 2014,” our favorite five restaurants that opened this year), we also had to say goodbye to quite a few eateries as well. We were super-sad to see some of them go; some of them had overstayed their welcome. (And, frankly, a few of them never had a chance.) But it's always a bummer to see any business close. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
While this was a banner year for new restaurants (see “Top tables of 2014,” our favorite five restaurants that opened this year), we also had to say goodbye to quite a few eateries as well. We were super-sad to see some of them go; some of them had overstayed their welcome. (And, frankly, a few of them never had a chance.) But it's always a bummer to see any business close. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
OK, we’re starting off with a cheat: Technically, Atlas House closed in late 2013, but we never got a proper chance to mourn Orlando’s only Uzbek restaurant. All the dumplings!
OK, we’re starting off with a cheat: Technically, Atlas House closed in late 2013, but we never got a proper chance to mourn Orlando’s only Uzbek restaurant. All the dumplings!
Babycakes NYC: The only outpost of the beloved Lower East Side vegan bakery thrived in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, until they closed the building to begin the transformation into Disney Springs.  image via
Babycakes NYC: The only outpost of the beloved Lower East Side vegan bakery thrived in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, until they closed the building to begin the transformation into Disney Springs.
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Big Italy: This tourist haunt on I-Drive just never quite found its feet. image via
Big Italy: This tourist haunt on I-Drive just never quite found its feet.
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Blackfin, we hardly knew ye: You were on the cover of our 2014  BITE magazine, but you closed after just five weeks. (There are rumored plans to move to a new location.)
Blackfin, we hardly knew ye: You were on the cover of our 2014 BITE magazine, but you closed after just five weeks. (There are rumored plans to move to a new location.)
In the same Downtown Disney building as Babycakes NYC, Bodie's All-American (the place for "brilliant burgers" and "signature salads") went bye-bye as part of the Disney Springs renovation. image via
In the same Downtown Disney building as Babycakes NYC, Bodie's All-American (the place for "brilliant burgers" and "signature salads") went bye-bye as part of the Disney Springs renovation.
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Café Red was one of those downtown spots that pops up and then disappears, leaving a few nearby office-lunchers quite sad, no doubt. image via
Café Red was one of those downtown spots that pops up and then disappears, leaving a few nearby office-lunchers quite sad, no doubt.
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Caffe Divina in Ivanhoe Village was one of those quirky little spots that kind of felt like sitting in your nutty aunt's dining room – which has its good and its bad points.
Caffe Divina in Ivanhoe Village was one of those quirky little spots that kind of felt like sitting in your nutty aunt's dining room – which has its good and its bad points.
Even Cantina Laredo's mega-popular tableside guacamole service couldn't overcome price competition on Restaurant row.  image via
Even Cantina Laredo's mega-popular tableside guacamole service couldn't overcome price competition on Restaurant row.
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We sensed trouble at Cave Inn BBQ from the beginning – as did cable TV show Restaurant: Impossible.
We sensed trouble at Cave Inn BBQ from the beginning – as did cable TV show Restaurant: Impossible.