Lick it up! Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley open Rock & Brews in Oviedo 

Plus five more new restaurants open and an old favorite closes

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KISS frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will open the first East Coast location of Rock & Brews sometime next month. The pet-friendly restaurant will feature American comfort food staples. Lick it up on Red Bug Lake Road in Oviedo.

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about the Four Seasons Food Truck making its way to Orlando Oct. 27-28. Here’s a small taste of the menu: house-cured lonza with truffle pecorino and fig bread; braised short rib; lamb brochette; and bomboloni – Italian doughnuts! Follow the truck at #FSFoodTruck or at

London’s Honky Tonk restaurant has created the world’s most expensive burger. Some of the ingredients in the £1,100 ($1,770) “Glamburger”: Kobe beef, New Zealand venison, Canadian lobster, Iranian saffron, beluga caviar, grated white truffle and gold leaf. Locally, Capital Grille’s Wagyu cheeseburger with fried egg, crisp onions and a glass of Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on the side will run you $25. Sounds like a way better deal.

For those still lamenting the loss of Absinthe Bistro and Bar in the Bumby Arcade downtown, keep lamenting, but know that Chicago’s Stuffed Pizza has opened in the same space. Another CSP is slated to open in the Village at Lake Lily apartments in Maitland next month.

The 2nd Annual DeLand Wine Festival takes place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Sanborn Center in DeLand. Guests can sample more than 40 wines with gourmet tapas, check out a cooking demo by Cress chef Hari Pulapaka, and take a wine class with his wife, Jenneffer. Cost is $65 per person at the door.


Mamak Asian Street Food has finally opened in the former Ha Long Bistro space on Colonial Drive … Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill opens at the end of the month at Artegon Orlando Marketplace on I-Drive … Look for Velo Creek Bike & Brew (as in coffee, not beer) to open next month in Oviedo … World of Beer on Lake Eola opens to the world 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20 … According to their Facebook page, OLV Café in SoDo is “closed until further notice.”

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