Newks

Let's try not to make a pun using the restaurant's name, but Newk's Eatery is closing its Orlando location just short of its first anniversary.

According to a manager, Tony Ottovegio, the restaurant, located in Waterford Oaks shopping center, will close at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16. It opened last July 20.

"We aren't bringing in enough money in sales," Ottovegio said Saturday.

The Jackson, Miss., based chain had planned 10 Orlando locations when it announced its opening last year. Those plans are assumably in doubt.

Newk's, which has dozens of locations, primarily in the Southeast, serves sandwiches, salads and pizzas.

hubblybubbly sandwich

Vast improvements have been made between the opening of the first Hubbly Bubbly Falafel Shop, in College Park, and the second, in downtown Orlando. Of course, more than three and a half years passed between the two, so you'd expect a learning curve of sorts. And as I detailed in my review of the prototype shop in September of 2013, up was really the only way to go.

I haven't been back to the Edgewater Drive location since then, but I'll assume they've made the changes that made the falafel sandwich I had at the new location so enjoyable.

And I have to say that only a week before trying the new HB, I visited my favorite falafel shop in the world, L'As du Fallafel on Rue des Rosiers in Paris.

And while Hubbly's falafel sandwich doesn't quite match the culinary experience that is a l'As du Fallafel falafel -- heck, neither do any of the other falafel shops that have popped up on that small street in the Marais -- it was good enough that I can now recommend it.

Terralina Crafted Italian Interior copy

The former Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, which was the former Portobello Yacht Club, will be the future Terralina Crafted Italian. Terralina is also the name of a line of skincare products, but I don't think there's a connection.

Terralina Logo FINAL 170602 copyAs with Portobello, which is closed and undergoing renovations, the menu will be designed by Tony Mantuano, Chicago-based James Beard Award-winning chef. Justin Plank, who had only recently joined the Levy Restaurants owned operation, will stay on as the executive chef for Terralina (the restaurant, not the facial cream).

Some of Portobello's menu items will make the transfer, too, but you'll find new items such as hand-crafted pizzas made in a wood-burning oven. Mussels and pork chops have been promised, too, according to a press release, so that should generate a lot of interest.

No word yet on Terralina's backstory, the legend that ties it into the history of Disney Springs. I'm thinking it might be something along the lines of the owner's ancestors came to the Springs from their native Italy and made a bundle on exfoliants to people who came to the Springs for its rejuvenating properties and decided to open a restaurant. I'm hoping it will explain why a newly renovated restaurant has so many cracks in the walls, as seen in the artist rendering, above.

We'll have to wait and see.

Terralina is expecte to open in the fall.