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The Feast of Fonzo is coming up, 13 restaurant openings and more in local foodie news 

What's the hold-up? Armando's Cucina Italiana & Pizzeria, which has been looking to open in a ground-floor space at the Wellesley in College Park, appears to be having issues with the condo association and their reluctance for Armando's wood-burning pizza oven.

Also in College Park, Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen is now serving full liquor.

We reported in August that Jacksonville-based Metro Diner would open in Altamonte Springs, but didn't say where specifically. Expect it to open in the former Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar space by the end of this year.


Juice'd is now juicing on North Summerlin Avenue in Thornton Park ... Eat Street, a 25,000-square-foot food hall inspired by Seattle's Pike Place and Boston's Faneuil Hall, will open at the Artegon Marketplace by the end of 2016 ... Provisions & Buzz Co., formerly Jack's Steakhouse, is now open in Baldwin Park ... Urbain 40, dubbed an "American brasserie and lounge," has opened in the former Cantina Laredo space in the Dellagio Town Center in Dr. Phillips ... TR Fire Grill, a "chef-inspired American bistro," has opened in the Ravaudage complex in Winter Park ... Paxia, the longstanding Mexican restaurant in College Park, is under new ownership and will soon be called Peppy's Bistro. Spanish and Italian items will be introduced to the menu, but the old Paxia happy hour specials will stand for now ... Carlos Bakery, by Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, will open in the Florida Mall this winter ... LA Sweetz, a popular Miami-based cupcake shop owned and operated by Cupcake Wars contestant Letty Alvarez, will add a local outpost at the Fountains in Dr. Phillips ... Whitewood Mediterranean Grill on Orange Avenue will become Baba's Orlando Mediterranean Grill.


Isla Verde, in the Chase Plaza downtown, is closed, but the owners evidently have another project "in the works," according to a Facebook post.


Emeril's Tchoup Chop is offering a three-course menu for $35 every evening from 5-6 p.m. ... Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi hosts a sushi-making class at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, with chef de cuisine David Song. Cost is $60 ... The 14th annual Feast of Fonzo goes Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Cost for the family-style meal with wine pairings is $75.

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