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I don't know if it's Figs or Fig's. I just know that the word Prime is also part of the name of this splashy, contemporary new restaurant in Altamonte Springs.

The restaurant's logo has a leaf -- let's assume it's a fig leaf -- where an apostrophe would be if the name is meant to be Fig's. This would be a rare case of a fig leaf revealing something rather than obscuring. But in postings on its Facebook page the restaurant refers to itself as Figs Prime, indicating more than one fig is involved. So I'm confused.

You probably think this is all just a niggle, but it's part of my job to pay attention to details. And if the people behind, um, FP paid more attention to that and other details, this could become a major player among restaurants in north Orlando.


mitchell logoMitchell's Fish Market in Winter Park has closed. Sunday was its last day, according to general manager David Barber.

The restaurant has occupied the corner space across from the movieplex in Winter Park Village since June 2010.

The chain was founded and named for Cameron Mitchell. It was sold to Ruth's Chris Steak House, now Ruth's Hospitality Group in 2008 who in turn sold it to Landry's, Inc, in 2014.

Barber said Monday that staff members are being encouraged to apply to other local Landry's brands, which include Bubba Gump's, Oceanaire Seafood Room and Landry's Seafood. He did not say that jobs at other properties would be guaranteed to the workers let go.

Before Mitchell's, the restaurant was known as Blackfin, an independently owned seafood restaurant. It was a restaurant called Kovar's when Winter Park Village first opened in 2000.


One of the funnest events of the fall season is this Saturday, Nov. 11. It's the seventh annual Cows 'n Cabs, and I can't wait.

C 'n C is spearheaded by 4 Rivers Smokehouse founder John Rivers. Smart man that he is, Rivers noticed that every year the city of Winter Park puts up an elaborate pavilion-sized tent in Central Park's West Meadow. The tent is used first for Fashion Week and then for the holiday ice rink. But in between, it just sat there, empty.

So Rivers said, Let's throw a shindig. I'm paraphrasing because I'm not sure he uses words like shindig, but I can tell you, the man knows how to throw a party.

He gets together a bunch of other chefs and restaurateurs and pulls in some people who pour wine, beer and cocktaily things. They get a band to play some music, and everybody just wanders around eating, drinking and having a good time.

And for a good cause, too. The proceeds of ticket sales will benefit After-School All-Stars and Elevate Orlando, two local charities that work with underserved youths.

Tickets are $110 per person or $140 for VIP access, which also gets you in an hour early. Otherwise, the event is from 7 to 10 p.m. Whichever ticket level, it's open only to adults 21 and over, so you don't have to dodge SUV-sized baby carriages like at the Winter Park Art Festival.

This year, David Larue of ABC Fine Wine & Spirits is listed as co-host with Rivers, which should help with the beverages that make this an adult-only event. By the way, despite the name, there's a lot more to eat than beef and a lot more to drink than cabernet sauvignon. In fact, for the past several years, Rivers and his crew have featured a full roast pig at their booth. It's always a hit, and I'll only be slightly disappointed if they don't do the same this year.

Click here for tickets, and check below for a list of the chefs and restaurants who will be participating this year.