@OrlandoMainStreets 2016 Restaurant Week Returns July 30 #alocalthing

@OrlandoMainStreets 2016 Restaurant Week Returns July 30

Orlando Main Streets is hosting its second Main Street Restaurant Week to promote its culinary members July 30 though August 13, 2016.

During this two week period, participating restaurants will offer a select prix fixe menu with price points of $5, $10, $20 and $30, determined by the restaurant’s normal pricing and the menu they put together.

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Orlando Dining Round-Up April 9, 2016: Emeril’s, Tako Cheena, F&D Cantina

In this week’s dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, limited menus, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Emeril's New Orleans Barbeque Shrimp

Emeril’s at Universal Orlando has a new head chef, Doug Braselman, and he’s introducing a new spring menu that will feature a lot of locally bought ingredients.

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Music on Mills Rocks the Mills 50 District for Charity on November 14, 2015

The Mills 50 district is normally a happening place, but on November 14, Music On Mills will turn the area into a gigantic music festival to benefit public art and safety projects in the area.

Music On Mills in Orlando

The music festival will take place in four venues: Will’s Pub, Wally’s, St. Matthew’s Tavern, and BART.

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Main Street Restaurant Week Comes to Orlando August 1-8, 2015

Take note foodies of Orlando…there’s a new restaurant week coming to Orlando.

Mainstreet Restaurant Week in Orlando

Mainstreet Restaurant Week will take place August 1 through 8, and will feature the culinary chops from eight districts in Orlando: Audubon Park, College Park, Church Street district, Downtown South, Gateway Orlando, Ivanhoe Village, Mills 50 and Thornton Park District.

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Orlando’s Bananas Modern American Diner To Close May 11 Permanently

Bananas Modern American Diner announced on their Facebook page last night that after their Mother’s Day Brunch this Sunday, May 11, they will close their doors for good.

Bananas Modern American DinerAfter four years of great food and entertainment, parent company FMI Restaurant Group has decided to utilize the space for a new beer and dining venue called Mills Brewpub.

They expect to open the brewpub sometime in July, after completely renovating the space that Bananas currently occupies. You can keep posted on updates at millsbrewpub.com.

Bananas famous Gospel Brunch will be relocating to FMI’s Funkey Monkey Point Orlando location on Sundays at noon.

I’ll be sad to lose Bananas, but according to the comments on the announcement, at least many employees will be finding a home either at the brewpub or at other FMI venues.

So if you want to enjoy Bananas Modern American Diner one last time (or for the first time), you have until this Sunday to do so. They’re located at 924 N. Mills Ave in Orlando.

The Fresh Market to Open Mills 50 Store in Orlando July 31; Eyes Winter Springs Location

The Fresh Market continues its Central Florida expansion with opening of its newest upscale grocery store in Orlando at 1500 N. Mills Ave (near Virginia Dr).

Fresh MarketDoors will open at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, and grand opening activities will include chef demonstrations, outdoor grilling, food sampling throughout the store, and drawings for The Fresh Market gift cards. A sample-sized bag of the company’s gourmet coffee will be free to the first 1,000 customers and a reusable shopping bag will be free to the first 3,000 customers

The new store will house over 24,000 square feet of culinary delights, including a bakery that produces 30 freshly baked breads and 14 different pie varieties daily, a full service meat counter with freshly ground beef, a wide selection of ready-to-serve entrées, fresh seafood delivered to the store several times per week, and more than 200 imported and domestic cheeses, as well as a produce department with more than 400 items and a large organic selection.

The company has also announced they are already planning to open another Central Florida location in Winter Springs (5920 Red Bug Lake Rd), it’s 36th in the state. No opening date has been announced.

Have you shopped at The Fresh Market? I sometimes shop the location in Dr. Phillips, when they have special promotions or events happening.

Mills 50 in Orlando to Hold Totally Awesome 80s Dance Party on July 27, 2013 @Mills50

Mills 50 80s Dance PartyThe Mills 50 district of Orlando is holding a Totally Awesome 80s Dance Party on Saturday, July 27.

It will be held at Bill Bennett Boot Camp (1035 N. Mills) from 8pm-11pm. DJ Cap’n Kirk Hartlage will be spinning the 80s tunes, and there will be food courtesy of the Fantastic Hummus Food Truck, plus beer and wine.

Admission is $5 for those in radical 80s attire and $10 in “normal boring clothes” – cash only at the door. As added incentive for getting dressed up, there will also be a costume contest, with prizes for best male, best female, and best couple.

After the party, your wristband will also get you happy hour prices at nearby BART (1205 N. Mills) all night.

4x4xFringe Pub Crawl Takes Place May 13, 2013 in Orlando

fringepubcrawl2013Ivanhoe Village and Mills 50 districts are partnering together for a 4x4xFringe Pub Crawl on May 13 that will benefit both districts and the Orlando Fringe.

A $10 wristband get you admission and drink specials at Wally’s, Will’s Pub, BART and The Peacock Room in Mills 50 and The Matador, Hideaway, Hammered Lamb and Savoy in Ivanhoe Village.

You also get free transport via O-Cartz with your wristband, and entertainment provided by Orlando Fringe at each stop.

Buy a $10 wristband at Wally’s in Mills 50 or The Imperial in Ivanhoe Village.

Mills 50 and Ivanhoe Village to Co-host 2012 Twelve Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl on December 8 in Orlando

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Start your Christmas partying early with the 2012 Twelve Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl on December 8.

The event is a joint effort between the Mills 50 and Ivanhoe Village districts in Orlando, and features many of their most popular nightlife spots.

Only $10 gets you a wristband that allows drink specials all night at Funky Money Wine Co, Lil Indies, BART, The Peacock Room, Will’s Pub, Wally’s, Hideaway, The Venue, The Imperial, White Wolf Cafe, The Caboose, and the Savoy.

Wristbands can be purchased at Savoy or Wally’s.

For more info, visit mills50.org or ivanhoevillage.org.

Bart Bar Opens in the Mills 50 District for Old School Gamers

Bart is a family owned-and-operated bar, arcade, and gallery that has recently opened in the Mills 50 district of Orlando.

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Chris and Adrian Brown have blended finely crafted beers with local art and classic arcade games. The name itself is a hybrid of Bar and Art.

Among the beers served at Bart are Abita, Dogfish Head, Angry Orchard, Harpoon, Cigar City,and Sierra Nevada. I wonder if they serve Leinenkugel’s…anyone know? They do also carry popular brews like Yuengling, PBR, and Miller 64.

The games are classics like Pac-Man, Centipede, Frogger, and, my personal favorite, Galaga.

Bart is located at 1205 N. Mills Ave and the phone is 407-796-2522. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 4pm to 2am.

Find them online at bartcade.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @bartcade.

[Photo courtesy of Bart]

Dining on the Move: Anthony’s Pizzeria and Ethos Vegan Kitchen

Two quick dining notes of area restaurants on the move:

Anthony’s Pizzeria, formerly located at the corner of Mills & Colonial, has moved to a new location at 1206 E. Colonial. The new place has a larger dining room for patrons. Call 407-898-7797 for more info.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen is pulling up stakes from their Ivanhoe location to new digs at the corner of Fairbanks and New York in Winter Park (one block west of Park Ave).  Reps say the new location will have improved parking, expanded hours and a new menu as they migrate from a counter service format to a table service one. They expect the move to be completed by the end of July 2012. Until then, they will still be located at 1235 N Orange Ave.

Southern Fried Sunday B-Day Benefit for the Mustard Seed on July 17

How’s this for a Sunday of fun: food, live music, a pin-up contest, more food, a car wash, a vintage car show, more live music and an after-hours burlesque show?

What if I told you all this would not only be $10, but proceeds from the day would benefit the Mustard Seed of Central Florida?

Then you’ll want to be at the Southern Fried Sunday Annual B-Day Benefit on July 17, 2011.

Here’s a flyer with all the details:

 

Mills 50 District to Initiate Outdoor Art Boxes in Orlando

You know those utility boxes that you see on city streets? Big, grey metal boxes that do nothing to add color and charm to a neighborhood.

Well, the Mills 50 District has decided to do something about that.

Starting in March, ten utility boxes located throughout the district will be transformed into vibrant works of art by local artists.

Arts councils and business improvement districts in cities like Minneapolis and San Diego are already doing something similar. Mills 50 will be the first of the five Orlando Main Street Districts to implement this project.

As you can see from the photo of this utility cabinet from a similar project in Somerville, MA, it really brings out the vibe and character of the neighborhood. I really like it and am curious to see what our local artists can create.

I’m not sure what process they will be using to select the artists used, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the finished project.

Bringing beauty to the mundane – always a good thing.  What do you think?

Orlando Weekend Round-Up for Sept 17-19, 2010

Here’s a quick round-up of some events that you might want to check out this weekend.

September 17:

  • Bill Bellamy at the Orlando Improv – This actor/comedian has appeared on TV as a MTV-VJ, as well as in movies like Love Jones, The Brothers and Any Given Sunday. He’s currently the host of TV One’s “Who’s Got Jokes?” Showtimes are at 8pm and 10:30pm. Tickets are $22.
  • Retro Game Night at the Orange County Regional History Center – Enjoy classic games such as Parcheesi, Chinese Checkers, Clue, Battleship, Scrabble and more. Games begin at 7pm, with free nostalgic snacks, cash bar and tunes from Sunny 105.9. Free for members and $5 for non-members. Ages 18 and up; Retro attire encouraged.

September 18:

  • Taste of Mills 50 – Businesses at and around the intersection of Mills and Hwy 50 (E. Colonial) are throwing a street fair of sorts featuring food and entertainment. Tickets are $10.
  • RumFest at Wall St Plaza – Enjoy an afternoon of all-you-can-drink rum concoctions and music from Reggae band Inner Circle. This event runs from 5pm to 8pm and $20 gets you in
  • 30th Anniversary of Whole Foods Marke – It’s been 30 years since the first Whole Foods opened in Austin. The Dr Phillips store will be celebrating with samples and specials from 11am to 3pm.
  • Bill Bellamy at the Orlando Improv – This actor/comedian has appeared on TV as a MTV-VJ, as well as in movies like Love Jones, The Brothers and Any Given Sunday. He’s currently the host of TV One’s “Who’s Got Jokes?” Showtimes are at 7:30pm and 10:15pm. Tickets are $22.

September 19:

  • Marc Anthony at the Amway Arena – Multi-platinum, Grammy® Award winning, and internationally-acclaimed artist Marc Anthony returns to Orlando to promote his latest CD, “Iconos,” of all-Spanish ballads.
  • Bill Bellamy at the Orlando Improv – This actor/comedian has appeared on TV as a MTV-VJ, as well as in movies like Love Jones, The Brothers and Any Given Sunday. He’s currently the host of TV One’s “Who’s Got Jokes?” Showtime is at 7:30pm and tickets are $22.
  • 30th Anniversary of Whole Foods Market – It’s been 30 years since the first Whole Foods opened in Austin. The Winter park store will be celebrating with samples and specials from 1pm to 4pm.
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