Orlando Dining Round-Up March 18, 2016: Restaurant ASH, Zoe’s Kitchen, Sus Hi Eat Station

In this week’s dining news round-up, several new openings, a beer dinner, and a pub crawl around the world. Are you hungry (and thirsty)? Let’s dive in…

Chef Ashley Nickell to open Restaurant ASH

The former Funky Monkey Wine Company space on Mills Ave is again changing to another brand, as the owners of FMI Restaurant Group are partnering with Hell’s Kitchen contestant Chef Ashley Nickell to open Restaurant ASH.

Set to open in May, the menu hasn’t been fully revealed yet, but I’m told it will be seasonal and feature seafood, hand-cut steaks, house-ground burgers, and handmade pies and desserts.

Nickell also said the beverage side would include local draft and craft beer, as well as an extensive wine list, which the Funky Monkey was known for. You can learn more about the restaurant at restaurantash.com.

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Zoe’s Kitchen has two new Orlando-area locations on the horizon. It will open at West Town Corners (at 280 South State Road 434) in Altamonte Springs in April. The Mediterranean cuisine brand is also planning to open a location in the Downtown South location of Orlando on Michigan Ave. No word on when they will open this location, but construction has begun.

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Also coming to West Town Corners in Altamonte Springs this April is a new location for Sus Hi Eat Station, the a fast-casual sushi restaurant headquartered in Orlando. The eatery has a menu that satisfies a wide range of diets, from gluten-free to vegan. There is currently one location on N. Alafaya Trail, across from UCF.

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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, specializing in yakiniku, or Korean-style meat grilling, will open on Turkey Lake Road, just north of Sand Lake Rd, in Dr. Phillips. The brand, which has about 800 locations in Japan, and more than 30 in the U.S., will offer a range of meats and vegetables, incluging harami skirt steak in a miso marinade, pork, lamb, duck, chicken, and shrimp. The in-table grills will feature a downdraft system to keep the smoke away from the guests. Gyu-Kaku hopes to open this summer.

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Orlando Pub Crawl, Orlando Sport and Social Club, and Wall St. Plaza will host Downtown Drink Around the World on April 2. From 6-9pm, enjoy adult beverages from around the world as you make your way around Wall St. Plaza and the Orange Co. Regional History Center. Cost is $20 in advance, and $25 day of. Visit wallstplaza.net for more info and tickets.

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Wrecker’s Sports Bar at Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee is hosting a Crooked Can Brewing Company Beer Pairing Dinner on April 1. Cost is $55 per person (+tax/20% gratuity) for a five-course dinner with beer pairings, along with complimentary self-parking and a gift bag. Purchase at gaylordpalmstickets.com.

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That’s it for this week. If you have any Central Florida dining news to share, drop it in comments or send it to us via our contact form. We’ll credit you if we use it.

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