Truck Stop exterior

Truck Stop Restaurant, which began as a pop-up concept that invited food truck owners to cook in a kitchen without wheels, is closing. Sunday's Disco Brunch will be the final service.

The restaurant, which opened in late 2017, took over the building on Washington Street in Thornton Park when previous occupant Graffiti Junktion moved down the block.

Although the awning over the front door still referred to the pop-up concept -- wherein different food truck operators would be invited in each week to offer their menus to a new audience, and one with tables, chairs and a full bar -- that idea had been dropped some time ago, according to a worker at the restaurant who had just received word of the closing.

Longtime residents will remember this space as Thornton Park Cafe and later as La Fontanella da Nino and Midnight Blue before becoming the prototype for the Graffiti Junktion chain.

Somewhere along the way, an open patio was covered with a permanent awning. The structure was originally purpose-built as a gas station for the neighborhood.


Hangry Bison exterior

Hangry Bison, the new non-Italian restaurant from longtime pizzeria owner Joe Liguori, is doing a lot of things right with its burgers, bourbon and beer, the items that it lists as its specialties under that name.

That name.

Hangry is a portmanteau of the words hungry and angry and represents a condition wherein the need for food without any food foreseeable can cause a precipitous change in mood. It's a real thing. I myself am among the sufferers. We don't have a telethon.

But we have Hangry Bison to alleviate the symptoms.

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Wallys sign

Wally’s Mills Avenue Liquors, the popular dive bar known to most regulars as simply Wally’s, has closed. A sign on the door of the freestanding building Tuesday read,

Wallys notice“Dear Customers, It is with great regret that we have decided to close our doors after 64 years in business.” According to some on social media, there were still customers inside drinking when the sign was posted.


Ravpig brunch cover

Our first meeting of Scott Joseph's Supper Club/Brunch Branch convened on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the estimable Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. Our group took over the bar and lounge in tables, booths and hightops under the old Cask & Larder sign. (You'll recall that C&L occupied this part of the building briefly before that restaurant moved to Orlando International Airport, but the brewing facility that remains is still technically under the Cask & Larder brandage.)

Chef de cuisine Nick Sierputowski greeted us and gave a rundown of the food and beverages that were to come. Some of the clubbers opted for the cocktail pairings with a different concoction with each course. Others were satisfied to sip their welcome drink of Broker's Gin, coconut tea, orange-lemon oleo and milk wash.


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An olio collection of bits and tids, or "I Can't Believe It's Not Bullets."

  • Tapa Toro will host a chef's table dinner of tomato-based dishes in celebration of La Tomatina, Spain's annual tomato festival. It's Aug. 29 at 6:30. Eight courses with wine pairings. Ticket information and menu here. By the way, unlike Spain's festival, there will be no tomato fights allowed.
  • Tony Roma is holding its annual Rib Eating Competition in recognition of National Baby Back Ribs Day. It's Saturday, Aug. 25 at the restaurant at 8560 International Drive. Rib chomping begins at 1:15 p.m. Don't be late: the winner who eats the four pounds of ribs faster is expected to be announced at 1:30. Rib specials for those who wish to eat at a more leisurely pace. Should mention that there will be no rib fights allowed here either. I can't believe I have to warn you.