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4 Rivers Sandwich

Clearly, we’re going to need more chickens.

Earlier this week I told you about Chicken Guy! opening late summer in Winter Park. Previously, it was announced that Arkansas-based Slim Chickens is eyeing Central Florida, as are Raising Cane’s and Cowboy Chicken. And Bojangles is returning.

Now, we learn that Jam Hot Chicken, which has been operating as a popup, will plop down in Hannibal Square in a walk-up window operation previously occupied by Sausage Shack of Winter Park (sausages are so last year).

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Papalozzi ext

I don’t know how I’ve managed to miss Papa Lozzi Italia until now – apparently it’s been operating in Waterford Lakes for a couple of years – but I’m glad to have finally found it.

Then again, it has the comfortable mien of a mom-and-pop (or papa) operationt that makes it feel as though it’s been there forever.

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Monroe ext

It’s been a long while since we’ve seen a restaurant the scale of The Monroe open up, at least outside of Disney Springs. The 4000-square-foot would be remarkable on its own just for the vastness of the space. But since this is the latest project from Good Salt Restaurant Group, the entity owned by Jason and Sue Chin who also have Reyes Mezcalaria, Osprey and Seito Sushi Baldwin Park, we expect more than decor, and it delivers.

The Monroe is closer in semblance to Reyes, the North Quarter restaurant that took over the space originally held by Citrus. Like Reyes, Monroe occupies the ground floor of an other-purposed building (offices for Reyes, an apartments for Monroe) with double-height ceilings and hard-surface floors decorated with the artistic stenciling that has become a signature of Sue Chin’s decorating skill. Wood paneling and furniture have a mid-century mien, though the wall of industrial grade windows bring it back to early 21st century. There is ample use of greenery, and in one particular dash of whimsy a graceful orchid sits in front of a large painted mural of swans that features silhouettes of the same flower.

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Chicken Guy Winter Park Rendering

The chickening of Central Florida continues.

Chicken Guy!, the exclamatively pointed concept from Robert Earl and celebrity chef and television personality Guy Fieri, will open its third Florida location in Winter Park this summer in a former Steak ’n Shake.

The new CG! will be the first to have a drive-through option. The flagship Chicken Guy! opened in Disney Springs in the summer of 2018. There is another restaurant in Aventura Mall in Miami. It also has a presence in the FedEx Field in Maryland and Levi's® Stadium in Santa Clara but those are only open on game days.

The Winter Park restaurant will have indoor seating for 80 and outdoor seating for 12 but will feature sliding glass windows that will allow the restaurant to offer an open-air feel. The parking lot will feature dedicated spaces to third-party delivery services and customers picking up takeout orders.

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Bernard match

For decades before there was anything called the Space Coast, long before the U.S. had a space program, there was Bernard’s Surf, a fine dining seafood restaurant at 2 S. Atlantic Ave. in Cocoa Beach.

Bernard Fischer, whose family owned a fleet of fishing boats that operated out of Port Canaveral, opened the restaurant on Oct. 31, 1948, a full decade before Dwight Eisenhower established NASA, but its legacy was tied to the space program and America’s fascination with astronauts, both real and fictitious.