I stopped by Agave Azul the other day and presented the Best Mexican Gold Foodster Award for Independent restaurants to Alex Burns, above left, and Richard Li.
A.A. won the award just in time -- it soon may be ineligible. As you know, the Foodster Awards are exclusively for restaurants with three or fewer locations. Agave Azul has just announced that it will be taking over the former Square 1 Burger location in Winter Park (should still have some of the new-restaurant smell to it since Square One didn't occupy it very long).
And, according to its Facebook page, the company has two other Agave locations planned for Windermere (fall 2018) and Maitland (summer 2019). At least they're not rushing into things.
Agave Azul is owned by the Rios Restaurant Group, which also operates Saint Añejo in Winter Springs and La Fiesta Mexican Cocinas (cocini?) in Port Orange and Ormond Beach. The latter two are not related to La Fiesta Mexican Grill and Catering on Curry Ford Road in Orlando.
Coming soon: Best Microbrewery Foodster Award. Who would you nominate?