Feather & Quill, a “New American restaurant and craft cocktail bar, a more ambitious concept from the owners of Stubborn Mule and the Menagerie in downtown Orlando’s Thornton Park as well as RusTeak in Ocoee and College Park, opened in late February. It took over the space that had previously been Dexter’s of Windermere in The Grove shops.
I had peaked in while the space was under renovations and it appeared it was going to be posh place for upscale casual dining.
Of course, a month later restaurants were ordered to cease on-premise dining. That can be a real momentum killer for a new business.
But Feather & Quill is back open, and while I am unable to report yet how the interior turned out, I can give you some thoughts on the food I ordered for takeout recently.
I regret that I’m unable to show you a photo of the onion naan I got with my takeout order from Gateway to India, the popular Longwood restaurant. But once I had the order in my car, I reached in the bag and found the foil-wrapped naan and figured I would just have a nibble to sustain me on the ride home.
But one nibble lead to another, each savoring the mild onions, bits of cilantro and peppery powder, and soon it was all gone. It wasn’t that I was so hungry I couldn’t wait, the naan was just too good to stop. And I can only be grateful that I didn’t try to sneak a taste of the curry dishes because my car would have needed to be hosed out by the time I got home. The food here really is quite good.
Luma on Park, one of the area’s most critically acclaimed restaurants, has announced that it will be closing after 15 years at the corner of Park and New England Avenues in Winter Park. A posting on the restaurant’s Facebook page said that Park Lights Hospitality, which owns the Luma brand, was “unable to come to terms on a reasonable rent structure to continue operating in our current location.”
“It’s a sad time for all of us,” said Tim Noelke, the longtime manager and a principal of Park Lights. Noelke, reached by phone Wednesday morning, said the group had “been negotiating for some time now” with the building’s landlord, Battaglia Group. Noelke said that negotiations began before the pandemic-forced shutdown.
I had a chance recently to get a look at Knife & Spoon, which will open in October at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes.
The restaurant is headed by Dallas chef and restaurateur John Tesar and takes over the space previously occupied by Norman’s. Knife & Spoon will feature steaks and seafood, both referenced in the name, with Knife representing the meat, obviously, and Spoon a type of fishing lure, as seen in the logo.
In normal times – remember those? – Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival would be getting underway about now, settling in for a run that would last until sometime in November.
This year, on what is at least officially the festival’s 25th anniversary, the theme park is offering Taste of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, with “Taste of” the clue that this is a more limited experience. There are no tastings, no cooking demonstrations, no visiting celebrity chefs, no Eat to the Beat concert series.
But there is food, there is wine, and plenty of other beverages, too.