Lakefront dining has returned to Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe. You’ll recall that when Russell’s and company took over the former Mesa 21 and Gargi’s Lakeside space they enclosed the outside patio overlooking the lake, incorporating those seats into the main dining room. Now, outside dining has been restored with the addition of new tables and chairs. Should be a perfect place for weekend brunching.
Got a press release about Ava, the restaurant that will be moving into the former Luma on Park space. Not a whole lot of details, but renovations have begun and it appears the basement space will be turned into a bar and VIP lounge with a secret entrance, much like the restrooms at Luma. The press release included a couple of photos, but it turns out those are of ChristnersPrimeSteakAndLobster.com, a sister (or perhaps brother) restaurant in South Florida. I was told the design will be similar. Still, that’s sort of like announcing you’re pregnant and showing pictures of your other kids because the new one will probably look like these. One encouraging note: the release did not refer to Ava’s cuisine as MediterrAgean as a previous announcement did.
It’s been days since a chicken chain announced that it would be moving into the area. That long dry spell is over with word that Slim Chickens, an Arkansas business, wants in on Central Florida’s fowl phenomenon. Interesting name. Most chickenmongers tout their birds as big and plump. Not for Slim Chickens, apparently. They must be proud of their puny poultry.