OPENINGS: Chalten Pizza and Helado, an Argentinian pizza and ice cream joint, will open in the space previously occupied by Trevi Pasta Express in Ivanhoe Village ... Pizzeria Roberti, by accomplished chef Joseph Roberti, has opened in the old NY Pizza & Tripletas space on South Chickasaw Trail ... The oddly named but awesomely menu'd Joyful Garden Seafoods Restaurant, promising authentic Chinese seafood fare, has opened in the 1st Oriental Supermarket plaza ...
Brooklyn Coffee Shop has opened in the former Restaurant ASH space on Mills Avenue ... Kava Cove Lounge, serving kava – the Polynesian beverage derived from the kava root – is now open on Fairbanks Avenue ... Jax Thornton Park will open this August in the space that most recently housed Baoery Asian Gastropub in Thornton Park ... The Gourmet Muffin is now serving, yep, gourmet muffins in Audubon Park ...
Look for pizza joint Your Pie to open on the ground floor of the SkyHouse Orlando apartments ... Achiote Puerto Rican Restaurant has opened in the Southchase Plaza on South OBT ... El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant will open in the space that previously housed Willie's Pinchos, La Chari and Tortilleria la Mexicana on North Goldenrod Road.
James Beard Foundation news: Hari Pulapaka (Cress Restaurant) and Kathleen Blake (The Rusty Spoon) are the only Florida chefs to pledge allegiance to Smart Catch, a chef-run sustainable seafood program; Tapa Toro (I-Drive), Hard Rock Café (Universal) and K Restaurant (College Park) are the local participants in the Blended Burger Project, which strives to make burgers better by blending ground meat with chopped mushrooms for a healthier nosh.
The trio behind the soon-to-open Kadence will host a sushi pop-up at Redlight Redlight at 5:30 p.m. on June 18 and 25 ... IKEA's Midsummer Smorgasbord Dinner is Friday, June 16 at 5 p.m. Cost is $16.99 ($4.99 children 12 and under) ... Soulful Sunday will feature a congregation of soul-food trucks 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at Hungerford Field in Eatonville ... Dragonfly Robata hosts a masquerade party Saturday, June 24. On arrival, guests will select a mask, then enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres before gorging on a six-course meal. Cost is $140 per couple.
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