Firefly menu

When my order of Chicken & Dumplings eventually arrived, I immediately noticed something was missing. I mean other than a spoon with which to eat it. It seemed to be devoid of dumplings. So not chicken & dumplings. Chicken &.

This was at Firefly Kitchen and Bar, the business that has taken over the former Taps space in Winter Park Village.

I confirmed the dumpling deficit after I was given a spoon — a teaspoon instead of soup spoon — and fished through the thick and tepid broth. Although ordered as a first course, the soup was served simultaneously with the burger that I had ordered as an entree. So I pushed the bowl aside and concentrated on the burger.

SRG exterior

Spanish River Grille, the once-popular New Smyrna Beach restaurant, has closed. There currently is no website associated with the business and the phone number has been disconnected.

Henry Rodriguez, who bought the restaurant from original owners Henry and Michele Salgado at the beginning of the year, said on Monday that he closed it a week ago Sunday after meeting with a certified public accountant who told him that he would not likely see a return on any funds that he put into the business. “He said, ‘You can put more money in the restaurant but you’ll never get it back,’” Rodriguez said of the CPA.

Rodriquez told me that a big part of the problem was that the restaurant was so popular under the Salgados. When news came that it had been sold, he said, “sales started dropping, dropping, dropping.”

“We tried to keep the same food, the same quality,” he said, but it seemed that the people who were regulars before the sale stopped frequenting the restaurant after the Salgados sold it.

Rodriguez said that he is reviewing his options but that if he does open another restaurant there, it will have a new name and concept.

According to some staff members, the closing was abrupt. But Rodriguez said that he paid all of his staff and suppliers.

Dakine counter

It only took me a year, but I finally tried Da Kine Poke, another food business that started as a food truck and then became mostly nonmobile. It celebrated its anniversary this week.

They’ve taken over part of the Meat House in Winter Park. Or maybe it’s the Local Butcher and Market. It’s a little confusing. The Meat House is a franchise butcherie that opened in Winter Park in 2011. Then some locals announced they were buying the business and changing the name to the Local.

That was in October. Of 2015.

It still says the Meat House on the outside of the building, but my receipt read “the Local.” So who knows?

But Da Kine Poke is still Da Kine Poke.

Reyes Construction chins

The former Citrus Restaurant space in the North Quarter is undergoing a big renovation to become Reyes Mezcaleria, a new restaurant from Sue and Jason Chin, above, who also own Seito Sushi and Osprey Tavern in Baldwin Park.

I got a peek inside and a quick tour of how things are being moved and changed. Here are some photos. When I asked Jason Chin when he hoped to open, he said the 25th. Of May? I asked. No, he said. This month.

We'll see.

Harold Henderson

North Quarter Tavern and Matt Wall, the eager young chef who opened the restaurant almost two years ago, have parted ways.

Taking over the NQT kitchen is Harold Henderson. His name should be familiar to anyone who’s been following Central Florida chef migrations over the years. Henderson has cooked at K with Kevin Fonzo and with Jaime McFadden at barJme. When Steve Saelg, the late owner of Crooked Spoon in Clermont, was first diagnosed with cancer, Henderson took over the kitchen there. Recently he had been the chef at Kabooki Sushi, and many years ago he was at Citrus. So now he’s back in the same neighborhood.

(Of course Citrus is no longer in the neighborhood. It’s being transformed into Reyes. I’ll have a sneak peek for you soon.)

Henderson, pictured at top, had been working at NQT for several months when management asked him to take over the helm. He said he is making minor changes to the menu but his main focus is to make the business run more efficiently.

As for Wall, he took some time off and is now working with a group of people to open a restaurant in the former Julie’s Waterfront space.

Oh, I should probably mention that Julie’s Waterfront has closed.