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Halal Guys

Ace Cafe promises to open by the end of the month, Halal Guys coming to Waterford Lakes, plus more in our weekly food roundup 

Kadence, the soon-to-open Japanese restaurant in Audubon Park, will be at the Audubon Park Community Market Mondays from April 24 to May 22 serving "sushi, oysters, Koala Mama ice cream, and whatever else feels right."


Ace Cafe, the sprawling 35,000- square-foot motor-centric entertainment complex on the corner of Garland Avenue and West Livingston Street downtown, will open by the end of the month. A smokehouse serving up Oklahoma Joe's BBQ will open on the site in July ... Mesa21 Real Mexican has opened in the old Gargi's space in Ivanhoe Village ... Look for another Shake Shack to open adjacent to Foot Locker in the Florida Mall ... Melt'd, specializing in fresh salads, soups and grilled subs, has opened on South John Young Parkway near Sand Lake Road ... Hotly anticipated Halal Guys, a brick-and-mortar shop from the popular NYC street cart outfit, now says they plan to open near Waterford Lakes in late May/early June ... The Sourdough Bread House, an artisan bread, breakfast and lunch joint, has opened on North Orlando Avenue near Horatio in Maitland ... Greenbeat, a build-your-own salad and bowl spot, has opened on Orange Avenue across from the Orange County Courthouse ... Nine Spices Hot Pot, an all-you-can-eat hot pot restaurant where ingredients arrive at your table via conveyor belt, is open on Kirkman Road near Universal Studios.


Baoery Asian Gastropub has closed. The Thornton Park Restaurant Group, which owns the restaurant, has no current plans for the space ... Colibri Mexican Cuisine has closed their SoDo location.



Advanced sommelier Luis Reyneri will host a five-course Domaine Serene Wine Dinner Friday, April 7, at Norman's. Cost is $150 ... Rosen College of Hospitality Management's Cabaret & Cabernet fundraising event goes from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Cost is $40, or $75 for VIP tickets ... The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns for its eighth year Oct. 27 and 28 with more than 50 food stations and wines from more than 30 wineries. Tickets are $115 and $140.


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