The initials in the name of Y.H. Seafood Clubhouse, a new restaurant in the Restaurant Row district, are easy to explain: They stand for Yummy House, a Florida Chinese restaurant group with a handful of locations.
The Clubhouse part isn’t quite as clear. For me, clubhouse evokes rustic, almost slapdash digs. But Y.H. Seafood Clubhouse borders on elegant, a bright and glittery room with walls of tall golden panels with delicate floral patterns and tables covered with crisp white cloths. (The space, in the Whole Foods plaza on the southeast corner of Sand Lake Road and Turkey Lake Road, was originally O’Charley.)
The Seafood part of the name speaks for itself. Although this is a Chinese restaurant, its menu focuses on the region of Canton and its coastline on the South China Sea.
If you head out to try Knife Burger at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, you may want to take your swim suit along. The newest offering from meat master John Tesar is essentially a service of the resort’s pool bar, a covered but open-air pavilion with tables and bar seating and guests in various degrees of undress and dampness.
If you didn’t already know that Tesar, whose knife & Spoon restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton next door was recently awarded a Michelin star, was attached to the burger joint, you probably wouldn’t figure it out if you just hopped out of the pool with a craving for a bite to eat.
Neither the signage nor the menu, which features more than just burgers, give any indication that the celebrity chef is involved.
Grande Lakes Orlando is hosting Nashville Night Saturday, June 25, at the Ritz-Carlton. The evening features music from Chase McGill and Brock Berryhill, with food stations and open bar. Food and drink start at 6 p.m. and the music will get underway at 7. A fireworks show and meet and greet with the guests will wrap up the night. Tickets are $195 for adults and $165 for kids up to age 12 (no open bar for them). Clicks for tix.
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You’re going to need to get your fix of Tortellini de Stefano or Vitello alla Bolognese before Friday or be prepared to wait until next Tuesday because popular restaurant Stefano’s Trattoria in Winter Springs is taking the Fourth of July weekend off. Owner F. Alejandro Martinez posted that he was closing for a few days to allow his staff to enjoy the holiday weekend with their families. He noted that one year ago he made the decision to close on Sundays and noticed a significant change in morale. “No only we, as a team, are more happy,” he wrote, “but we can devinitely agree that the execution of the daily activities are much more enjoyable and fun!” This will be the first time in eight years Stefano’s has taken a whole-restaurant vacation.
The closing of Too Much Sauce Kitchen, an assemblage restaurant in Mills 50, is effective “immediately and permanently,” according to owner Evan Dimov. The restaurant had recently closed June 19 because staff members, including Dimov’s wife, had tested positive for Covid-19 or were otherwise ill. It reopened the 23d. Sunday, Dimov made the decision to close permanently, due in part to not being able to come to terms with the Mills Park landlord to renew the lease. Speaking by phone Monday, Dimov said those issues and “inflation going through the roof” added to his decision to close the five-year-old business even though three months remained on the lease. The landlord may have been accommodating to that notion because a replacement tenant has already been signed up. Stay tuned.
In this episode of On the House, bartender Kelli Whitney shares The Whiskey’s recipe for its WTF – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – cocktail. One of many specialty drinks available at the popular burger and bourbon bar on Sand Lake Road’s Restaurant Row. Watch the video and then give the recipe a shake.