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Cityfish Reopens After Renovations

Check out the new spiff on Cityfish. 

The downtown Orlando Thornton Park restaurant closed for a couple of days while workers did some painting and tiling as part of the first phase of planned renovations. As I told you recently, the restaurant also introduced an updated menu designed by new executive chef Greg Richie. Richie is also a partner in TPRG, which now owns Cityfish and is developing a restaurant for the former HUE Restaurant space a few doors down.

Improvements include fresh paint, new flooring and tiled walls. Check out the photos below to see what Cityfish looked like on Tuesday afternoon and what it looked like when it reopened Wednesday for dinner. Cityfish Restaurant is at 617 E. Central Blvd., Orlando.

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Blake, Fonzo in Chef Mashup

Two of our favorite chefs are participating in a Chef Mashup, which may or may not have anything to so with crushing potatoes. Kathleen Blake of the Rusty Spoon and Kevin Fonzo of K restaurant will collaborate on a five-course dinner on Wednesday, April 23, at K in College Park. Wine pairings for the dinner will be curated by Linda K. Sullivan. 

Now, why they're doing this at K instead of the Spoon I can't tell you. I've seen both kitchens, and Fonzo's is barely large enough for one chef and a side of beef let alone two chefs. Blake's kitchen is large enough for several chefs to be working side by side and still have enough room to park a food truck. But  proximity might just make the meal more interesting.

Things start mashing up at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $100 per person. Contact K at 407-872-2332 for reservations.

Chef Mashup

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The Coop's Opening Menu, with Prices

Coop interior

The Coop, John Rivers' new restaurant, is doing training service this week in advance of its official opening Thursday, April 17. I got a look at the place and the operation, including the opening menu and prices. Here's the bill of fare as it appears on video boards behind the counter:

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Hangar Bar and Grille Reported Closed

Word is coming in this morning that the Hangar Bar and Grille in College Park has closed. This is not yet confirmed, though there is no answer, live or recorded, at the restaurants phone number.

The airplane themed Hangar opened only last fall, a rebranding from the owners of the Wildside Bar and Grille (who were not the owners of the popular Thornton Park Wildside). I, apparently, was among the miniority who had a positive experience at Hangar. In my review, I praised it for its simple but well executed food and for the able service. However, online reviews weren't as positive, and the restaurant's Urbanspoon score is a dismal 52%.

Hangar occupied a ground floor corner space in the Wellesley condominium building on Edgewater Drive. This was the space that opened originally as Harmoni Market and that has been several restaurants over the years.

This article will be updated when the status is verified.

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Thursday, 17th April 2014

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