More elbow room at Wine Barn, opening date for Gene Simmons’ Rock & Brews 

Plus seven new restaurants to anticipate

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Winter Park’s Wine Barn has expanded into the space next door, where a new bar with an enomatic wine-dispensing machine is housed. The new space also hosts a B350 Degrees Pastry Shop featuring cakes and pastries baked from scratch on the premises. Nitro Coffee will be served.

A few weeks ago we told you about KISS frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley opening Rock & Brews in Oviedo. We now have an opening date: Monday, Nov. 17. Look for the pair to attend the grand opening ceremony sometime in January.

Openings: Wop’s Hops Brewing Co. has opened in Sanford. A grand opening party for the microbrewery is scheduled for Nov. 22 … Expect more traffic in the parking lot from hell now that Yogen Früz has opened in the Trader Joe’s/Shake Shack plaza.

The Second Annual Casselberry Craft Beer & Blues Festival features 15 food trucks in addition to seasonal craft brews. Event kicks off 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at Concord Park.

Tomazin Farms in Samsula hosts a Farm to Table Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. The five-course meal with wine pairings features produce from the farm, locally sourced meats and cheeses, and live music. Cost is $100 per person. Call 386-290-9464 for more info.

The Tasters Guild of Orlando holds their Seventh Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. Visit for details.


Look for the Meatball Shoppe – not an outpost of New York’s mega-popular Meatball Shop chainlet – to open on Lake Underhill Road near the 408 later this month … I Love NY Pie Pizza and Grill will open in the former Nacho Mama’s spot on Colonial Drive … Curry Ford Pho will move into the old Regional Grill & Bayou spot (on, where else, Curry Ford Road) … Look for Central Florida’s third Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant to open on South Semoran Boulevard near the airport early next year … Coffee Culture Café will open on the ground floor of the Nora Apartments in the North Quarter.


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