September 13, 2013

Black Bean Deli No. 2 just opened today! Here's a look inside

Black Bean Deli, a longtime Winter Park favorite, took over a larger space at 1835 E. Colonial Drive last year, formerly Vega's (and before that a garage, apparently). We've been anxiously awaiting the restaurant's opening – partly because when we interviewed Jason Gregory (whose Makr Studio designed the interior) a year ago, he already had a fantastic inspiration board going; partly because it's just two blocks from Orlando Weekly and we are big fans of BBD's picadillo. Today was the first day of their soft open; grand opening is next week, but if you just can't wait, head down tonight or over the weekend. ~jby

Sept. 13, 2013
Photos by Jessica Bryce Young
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Black Bean Deli No. 2, right down the street from Orlando Weekly offices at 1835 E. Colonial Drive. (Get used to seeing our faces, guys!)
Jessica Bryce Young
Black Bean Deli No. 2, right down the street from Orlando Weekly offices at 1835 E. Colonial Drive. (Get used to seeing our faces, guys!)
The interior was designed by Makr Studio; beautiful Old Havana-inspired tilework and modern birch-plywood details define the space.
Jessica Bryce Young
The interior was designed by Makr Studio; beautiful Old Havana-inspired tilework and modern birch-plywood details define the space.
Owner Andres Cortón looks a little tired but happy and proud after the first hour of the first day of business.
Jessica Bryce Young
Owner Andres Cortón looks a little tired but happy and proud after the first hour of the first day of business.
Beautiful plants everywhere, donated and tended by Andres' mom.
Jessica Bryce Young
Beautiful plants everywhere, donated and tended by Andres' mom.
More healthy plants, more beautiful tile.
Jessica Bryce Young
More healthy plants, more beautiful tile.
Seriously. This tile. Love the way it intersects with the rawer concrete.
Jessica Bryce Young
Seriously. This tile. Love the way it intersects with the rawer concrete.
Can we talk about this neon, also? Sweet.
Jessica Bryce Young
Can we talk about this neon, also? Sweet.
Lovely light fixtures, exposed beams in the ceiling, caned chairs contrast with finished birch plywood bench and tables.
Jessica Bryce Young
Lovely light fixtures, exposed beams in the ceiling, caned chairs contrast with finished birch plywood bench and tables.
More birch plywood, more plants, a spacious outdoor seating area.
Jessica Bryce Young
More birch plywood, more plants, a spacious outdoor seating area.
The overhead metalwork holds wine bottles, an antique coffee grinder, and a big old fern.
Jessica Bryce Young
The overhead metalwork holds wine bottles, an antique coffee grinder, and a big old fern.