Orlando Dining News Round-Up January 6 2017: The Meatball Stoppe, Culver’s, PB&G at Four Seasons

We start the year off with a lot of Orlando dining news. In this week’s round-up: new openings, new chefs, and some local beverage news. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

The Southern-inspired, farm-fresh restaurant PB&G at Four Seasons Resort Orlando now has its own custom bourbon.

The Southern-inspired, farm-fresh restaurant PB&G at Four Seasons Resort Orlando now has its own custom bourbon.

In partnership with Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, this particular bourbon has been aged in a charred oak barrel since October 2004, and is made up of 60 percent corn, 35 percent rye, and a 5 percent malted barley base.

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The Meatball Stoppe in East Orlando is expanding their dining room to accommodate even more hungry patrons seeking great Italian food.

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Culver’s has opened two more Central Florida locations in Kissimmee. You can get your Butterburger and frozen custard fix at 3148 N. Orange Blossom Trail (at Osceola Pkwy), and at 9070 W. Irlo Bronson Mem Hwy (near Four Corners). A fifth location will open soon in Casselberry.

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Sus Hi Eatstation has opened its second location in Altamonte Springs. It is located at 380 S. State Rd 434, in the Winn-Dixie plaza. It joins the original location near UCF, serving up customized sushi in a roll, bowl or wrap.

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California’s Habit Burger has opened its first Orlando location near the Mall at Milenia, at 4706 Millenia Plaza Way (next to Target). The cornerstone of the menu is the “Charburger,” a flame-grilled burger. They also offer a variety of sandwiches from chicken to tuna steak to veggie burgers.

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Orlando World Center Marriott announces Executive Chef Eric Martinez has joined the team, and will lead catering operations, along with the resort’s 10 restaurants and lounges.

Originally from New Orleans, and a graduate of Delgado College, Martinez began his career with Marriott in 2000 at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Springs, CA. He most recently was executive sous chef/director of restaurant operations at the JW Marriott Orlando.

In his new role, Martinez has opened the new Central Pantry at the resort, a grab-and-go marketplace offering chef-crafted cuisine and products from local partners.

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Chef Joseph Burnett has Left Osprey Tavern, according to Scott Joseph. Chef Austin Boyd of sister restaurant Seito Sushi (across the stree) is taking over for now. According to owner Jason Chin, Osprey Taverns is “working hard on some new and exciting menu changes that we can’t wait to share with our guests.”

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Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes, has won the People’s Choice Award for Sustainable Wine Program at the 3rd Annual KEGGY Awards. The awards are given by Free Flow Wines, which recognizes industry partners who reduce the carbon footprint of wines served by the glass.

The restaurant won for their innovative “cask wine” program, which features 16 wines on tap, preventing countless bottles and corks from ending up in the landfill.

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Walt Disney World has announced four more Magic Kingdom restaurants will offer wine and beer, but only with a meal. Cinderella’s Royal Table, Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Tony’s Town Square Restaurant will serve the alcoholic beverages during lunch and dinner. They join Be Our Guest Restaurant, which started serving alcohol in 2012, when it opened.

Disney says the change comes after numerous requests from guests, even though Walt always wanted the Magic Kingdom to be alcohol-free. However, Disney makes more money from this, since anyone wanting a drink will also have to purchase food.

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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.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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