Orlando Dining News Round-Up May 14, 2016: The COOP, STK Orlando, The Doghouse

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, salad bars, free cupcakes, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

The COOP has added a new option to its menu. The Salad Bar

The COOP in Winter Park has added a new option to its menu. The Salad Bar includes offerings such as grilled chicken, fresh and flavorful dressings that are made in house, and various pre-made seasonal salads.

Cost is $9.99, and its available daily from 11am-2pm and from 5pm-close.

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Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill Abruptly Closes at Artegon Marketplace

Opened only six months, it appears Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill doesn’t love Orlando, as it has abruptly closed its location at Artegon Marketplace.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at Artegon Marketplace in Orlando

The country western-themed restaurant and music hall pulled the plug on Thursday, July 2. The management of Toby Keith’s isn’t giving any indication as to the sudden closing either.

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Crave Restaurant Closes Its Orlando Location Near Mall at Millenia

Crave Restaurant has posted to its Facebook page that its Orlando location, near the Mall at Millenia, has officially closed permanently.

Crave RestaurantIt opened a little over four years ago, in the location of the former Village Tavern, and billed itself as an American eatery that specialized in sushi, as well.

No reason was given for the closing, though speculation ranges from having a hard to get into location near the corner of Conroy Rd and Millenia Blvd. to just not having the sales to justify the overhead of keeping it open so close to the pricey mall.

At any rate, if you crave Crave, the next closest location is all the way down in Coral Gables. Sorry Cravers.

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.

Prickly Pear Closes as a Restaurant; Still Open for Catering and Events

pricklypearinteriorPrickly Pear restaurant, located in The Sanctuary downtown, has closed its doors to regular diners.

After two years, FMI Restaurant Group has decided to convert the space to be used for banquets and other events, as well as catering space.

Sister restaurant, Nick’s Italian Kitchen, also in The Sanctuary, is still open for dining.

FMI also owns Bananas Diner, and two Funky Monkey Wine Company locations in Orlando.

Hue in Downtown Orlando To Close Soon

hueLate last week, award-winning Hue restaurant in Thornton Park, announced that it will be closing in the next few weeks.

A notice posted on the restaurant’s website states: “Please join us for ‘last call’ as we celebrate 12 successful years as downtown Orlando’s most critically acclaimed and award-winning restaurant.”

Open since 2001, Hue has been a cornerstone (literally) in Thornton Park. The owners, Urban Life Management, state they plan to open a new eatery in the same location, at a later date, possibly as early as this fall. They say it will be the “next great restaurant concept.”

In the meantime, a posting on Hue’s facebook page mentions that “All Hue infusions and Bloody Mary bar will be moved to Cityfish.” No word on what will happen to Hue’s “Disco Brunch.”

Cityfish is located at 617 E. Central Blvd, on the same block as Hue (it also shares owners).

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