Orlando Area Dining News Round-Up For May 11, 2020: Cholo Dogs, Fat Mike’s Hot Chicken, Sette, The Licking, Orlando Science Center, and More .. #OrlandoFoodies

Mexican hot dog vendor Cholo Dogs

There is a lot of Central Florida foodie and dining news to report on this week, from new openings to closings to charity events.

Here is the news you need to know this week:

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Mexican hot dog vendor Cholo Dogs is putting down roots at a space inside of Market on Magnolia in downtown Orlando.

Owner, and former former ring brawler, Franco Furtero says the original cart will continue to roll around various events, and in the Mills 50 District.

Look for a June 1st opening.

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Fat Mike’s Hot Chicken has opened in downtown Winter Garden, next to City Hall, and is open from noon to 8pm daily. Owners Michael and Alison Scorsone also own Michael Ali’s Coal Fired Pizza and MAC’d Out, both in the Plant Street Market.

Posted by Fat Mike's Hot Chicken on Saturday, April 25, 2020

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It looks like Sette Italian won’t be reopening…at least not in its current home at 1407 N. Orange Ave in the Ivanhoe Village District. Apparently the building was recently sold. But owner Trina Gregory-Propst (who also owns Se7enbites), vows to reopen the concept at a later date in a new location. I’m sure Sette’s fans will follow.

Gregory-Propst, meanwhile, will appear again on a special edition of Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” on May 15 at 9pm on the Food Network. She prepares a dish for Fieri over Zoom.

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To our extraordinary team… thank you for all the hard work , hustling, scrubbing , phone call answering , food preparing and listening you have done in the past two weeks …. there isn’t a better team out there than you!! To all our family, friends,regulars, guests & supporters … We are incredibly grateful for each of you and have appreciated every order , phone call, word of kindness and support that have kept us strong , it’s been the best reminder of why we do what we do every day …. at our deepest part of who we are …we are people taking care of our community with delicious food made with love Our hearts are heavy but not broken ,but ultimately we have made the decision for your safety and the safety of our staff family that we will no longer be serving curbside or delivery We are following the guidelines set forth in large cities like New York and Chicago to self quarantine We feel it is in our best interest to stay home and follow strict guidelines of not being in public places to prevent any further spread of this virus We appreciate all the support and love and messages from each and every one of you … YOU are the reason we keep making Southern deliciousness, and we will again soon We thank you so much for eating at our restaurants and sharing your family with our family …. we are in this together and we want to do our part!!!! Be safe Wash your hands Reflect on what you can do to make a change Be KIND We love you Orlando!!! And we will see you soon!!! Trina & VA and the entire staff family at Se7enbites & SETTE Italian PS…. this is one of the first pictures of us in our first restaurant… one of my favs #se7enbites #setteitalian #loveorlando #orlandofood #supportlocal #foodnetwork #DDD #GGG #dinersdriveinsanddives #citizenpictures #womenwhobake #loveeachother

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The Orlando Science Center is hosting an online fundraiser called Stellar Wine Cellar. For a $125 donation, the donor gets:

  • A special thank you gift mailed to your home featuring your choice of a bottle of red or white wine, two souvenir glasses, and special offers from local restaurant partners (while supplies last).
  • A suggested itinerary and how-to guide for hosting your own virtual wine event.
  • Wine tasting, cooking, and pairing videos from local experts.
  • A wine trivia game and cool facts to share with your party guests.
  • Stargazing tips to add some interstellar awesomeness to your celebration.

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Wine night looks a little different these days! Enjoy an evening of cosmic proportions with the help of Orlando Science Center’s Stellar Wine Cellar! Not sure how to host a virtual wine party? We have you covered! When you make a $125 donation to support Orlando Science Center you will receive a special gift and an online toolkit with everything you need to bring the wine party to your very own living room! Treat yourself to a glass of wine and a fun night in as a reward for inspiring science learning for life. Donate today so you can host your own Stellar Wine Cellar virtual wine night in time celebrate National Wine Day on May 25! Visit <http://www.osc.org/stellar-wine-cellar> to learn more. ?

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The Licking, a popular South Beach soul food restaurant that counts DJ Khaled as an investor, is opening an Orlando location near Mall of Millenia. Signage is up outside, but no details on an opening date.

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The rumors are true: Sweet Tomatoes and parent company Souplantation have decided to not reopen its restaurants following a COVID-19 shut-down.

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We will miss you.

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Downtown CREDO has permanently closed its original College Park location, citing a combination of COVID-19 and increasing rent. Its Health Village and North Quarter locations remain open serving up fresh brews.

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Also closed is Appletons Cafe in Lake Mary after 21 years in business. The owner has put the cafe up for sale.

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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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