It’s no secret that ever since it opened, Festival Bay Mall has not seen the shoppers that nearby malls like the Premium Outlets have. That it is why it is being transformed into an artisan marketplace similar to New York City’s Chelsea Market.
It will be called Artegon Orlando, and the interior will be gutted and remodeled. The new layout will feature more kiosks and stands, as well as small stores. There will also be an indoor farmer’s market in the former Steve & Barry’s space that will be open daily.
Current anchor stores, such as Ron Jon Surf Shop, Bass Pro Shop, and Putting Edge, will be joined by a new German-themed restaurant and beer hall with on-site brewing, called Hofbrauhaus. Radbourne Skatepark will open in the old Vans space. Rumors are Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill will open its first Orlando location at the mall, too.
While I’m working hard to bring you news and reviews of things happening around Orlando and its surroundings, there are some other great blogs out there who are doing the same.
So here are some recent posts that you might enjoy reading.
Festival Bay Mall is due to get a major makeover from its new owners according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The business section of the OS also reports that the company building Legoland in Winter Haven is considering bringing some of their other attractions to Central Florida.
Central Florida Top 5 reports on the upcoming annulment of performance artist Brian Feldman, who got married as part of a protest the fact that same sex couple still can’t get married.
Wanna be in an Orlando Flash Mob to celebrate the City Beautiful? Adventures with Ben has all the details on how to participate. Sounds like it could be fun.
The Daily City offers a review with photos of the new farmers market in Apopka at Sustain Natural Market.
The Disney Food Blog has a guest post who reviews the culinary offerings of the new Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The Orlando Blog has a photo review of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus that was recently in town.
Finally, Tasty Chomps reviews the UCF location of Extreme Pita.