Primo, the Melissa Kelly-fronted restaurant at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, has reopened after a planned shutdown for renovations. But this was more than a refresh to change carpeting and touch up the paint – it’s a major redesign of the sprawling and open space, and the result is like a whole new restaurant.
Or it would be if the menu didn’t still feature Kelly’s fine Italian cuisine with its emphasis on hyper-local sourcing. But more on that in a moment.
The redesign, by Brooklyn-based Dutch East Design, is a startling change from the previous decor. When it opened, in 2003, as a second outpost for Kelly’s original restaurant in Rockland, Maine, Primo featured dark wood accents and moody lighting. Wood beams on the ceiling and rustic chandeliers leant, along with the open kitchen, a farmhouse feel.
For me, pizza has always been a spur-of-the-moment food. It’s what you order when you’re too tired to cook or don’t want all the trappings that come with going out to a full-service restaurant. Most of the pizzas I’ve consumed in a nonprofessional setting have been last-minute orders.
But Brad’s Underground has introduced pizza by appointment only. Want one of Brad’s pies for your dinner tonight? Maybe the day after tomorrow. (Maybe.) And you say you’d like it for dinner? That’s fine, you may eat it whenever you like, but you may have to pick it up at 2 o’clock.
From left, Patrick Sullivan, Regional Director of Operations, PDQ; Brennan Broyles, Operating Director, PDQ SODO; Jeffrey Kamis:,Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations, PDQ; John Rivers, Founder/CEO, 4Rivers & 4Roots; Monique Yeager, Chief Marketing Officer, 4Rivers; Trip Snelson, Project Director, 4Roots.
4Roots, the healthful community food initiative from the 4R Restaurant Group (4 Rivers) has been having some good financial news lately.
Earlier this month, PDQ, the fast fooder, presented 4 Rivers founder John Rivers with a check for $20,000, the proceeds from a collaborative sandwich promotion in June.
Now, Dr. Phillips Charities has announced an award of $5 million over the next three years to aid in the construction of the 4Roots Farm Campus in the new Packing District, west of College Park. The farm will include educational classrooms, a greenhouse and other farmy buildings plus a composting facility.
4Roots also announced that it will be bringing a farmers’ market to the Packing District beginning Oct. 2.
As I told you a couple of week ago, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining promotion will be extended two weeks beyond its original end date of Oct. 3 to Oct. 14.
But not all of the 95 restaurants currently offering the dining deal have signed on for the extension.
Still, 74 or so will continue to offer the $37 three-course menu, including such flog favorites as Delaney’s Tavern, Rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar, Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe, and Unreserved Food Bar at the JW Marriott Bonnet Creek.
There’s a lot going on to commemorate Walt Disney World’s fiftieth anniversary but for Disney food fans a highlight is sure to be the publication of “Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World: Recipes & Stories from The Most Magical Place on Earth” by Pam Brandon, Marcy Carriker Smothers and the Disney Chefs ($35; Disney Editions).
The book, published Sept. 28, has recipes from WDW restaurants present and past as well as historical notes.