Orlando Dining News Round-Up July 15, 2016: Polite Pig, Homecoming Florida Kitchen, House of Pho

In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up: new openings and more. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Polite Pig at Disney Springs Spring 2017

James and Julie Petrakis (The Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder) dropped two newsworthy bits of information last week.

First they will be opening a new eatery next year at Disney Springs called the Polite Pig. They are partnering with James’ brother Brian (Greens & Grille) for this fast casual restaurant that will serve wood-fired smoked and grilled items – think sandwiches and salads – as well as a full drink menu that will include beer brewed at Cask & Larder.

The 5,000 sq ft space will seat about 200 and feature an outdoor patio for people watching in the Town Center section of Disney Springs. Look for a Spring 2017 opening.

Second, The Ravenous Pig will be moving from its current N. Orange Ave space when the lease expires in 2018. It will move into part of the space currently occupied by Cask & Larder on Fairbanks Ave in Winter Park. C&L will move into the what is now the bar and brewery area. Congrats to Orlando Weekly for breaking the news…twice.

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James and Julie Petrakis other new eatery, Dovecote Brassserie, is now hiring for their downtown location. Hopefully this means we are closer to the delayed opening.

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Homecoming Florida Kitchen at Disney Springs now open. The newest restaurant by celebrity chef Art Smith features a menu of Southern and Florida-inspired cuisine, including shrimp, fried chicken, catfish, chopped barbecue, hush puppies, and more. It’s located in the Town Center section of Disney Springs near STK and features seating indoors and on a screened porch.

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Also recently open is House of Pho in the Sand Lake Corners shopping plaza at the intersection of Sand Lake Rd and John Young Pkwy. I haven’t had the chance to try it, but I have friends who have been multiple times and said they’ve liked everything on the menu. If you like Vietnamese cuisine and don’t want to venture downtown, give this place a try.

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Downtown Credo plans to open its third location sometime this summer. This one will actually be in downtown Orlando in the Church Street Exchange. It joins the original at 706 W. Smith St in College Park, and the recently opened one at 550 E. Rollins St. at the Florida Hospital.

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Orlando’s Ten 10 Brewing Company celebrates its One Year Anniversary Party on July 23. They will be tapping some special brews and more. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more details.

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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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