With Christmas just a few days away, I know that a lot of people have images of one thing dancing in their heads. That’s right, Chinese food.
It’s a thing, especially in big cities. That’s because while most restaurants are closed on December 25, Chinese restaurants are more likely to be open. So people looking for a place to dine on that day just naturally gravitate to Chinese restaurants. I know many people who consider it their Christmas tradition.
Park Plaza Gardens, one of the area’s older, more venerable restaurants and a fixture of Winter Park’s Park Avenue, remains closed, a “temporary” shuttering that is now in its ninth month. Long a choice of area residents as a special occasion restaurant, Park Plaza Gardens is especially missed at this time of year as a destination of holiday dinners, lunches with friends and parties.
And while the owners of the restaurant still contend that the closing is only temporary, there is little chance that it will reopen in the foreseeable future. In fact, it is likely to pass the March 7 anniversary of its last day of service and could remain dark for much, much longer. And the reason is, well, rats.
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The staff of Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide wish you happiness during the holiday season. For restaurants serving on Dec. 24 and 25, plus those offering New Year's Eve specials, visit our Holiday Listings page.