Some Thanksgiving Week Stuff

Written by Scott Joseph on .

Hourglass

Here are some newsy bits for Thanksgiving week.

Hourglass Brewing of Longwood will open a microbrewery in, of all places, the Hourglass District in Orlando. Actually, there is no official Hourglass District, at least not yet. But that's the name the developers are using for the area surrounding the corner of Curry Ford Road and Bumby Avenue in Orlando. (They pulled the name from nearby Hourglass Lake. I suppose we should be grateful they didn't try to do a syllabic abbreviation and come up with BuCuFo or CurBum or something like that.)

According to Orlando Weekly's Faiyaz Kara, Hourglass will move into a space previously occupied by a church. Ironically, the developers, Giovanni Fernandez and Elise Sabatino, had cleared out the church so that they could move restaurants into the other buildings without running up against the archaic rule that alcohol can't be served in proximity to schools and churches. Because, you know, temptation.

Chinese Coming to Many-Tenanted Colonial Drive Location

Written by Scott Joseph on .

3922 colonial

Next up: Chinese.

That freestanding restaurant on East Colonial Drive that has in recent years been Fazoli's Italian, California Burrito Company, Casa Barcelona (briefly) and the Peruvian Gaviota Brasas & More (brieflier) will now be Peter's Kitchen, a Chinese restaurant.

Gaviota Brasas closed approximately three months ago. I reviewed it in August shortly after it opened and, apparently, shortly before it closed. It was meant to be a more casual restaurant with grilled foods as its focus than the Gaviota Seafood & Fine Peruvian Cuisine in Thornton Park. That restaurant, in the Sanctuary Condominiums building, remains.

Workers were putting up the Peter's Chinese signs Friday afternoon, but an opening date is not yet known. So far the restaurant does not have a website or even a Facebook page. There is, however, a Peter's Kitchen Chinese restaurant in Miami. The manager at that restaurant was unavailable to take a call, but the young woman who answered the phone said the restaurant was not opening another location in Orlando.

It seems a bit too coincidental that there would be two Chinese restaurants called Peter's Kitchen -- a name that doesn't exactly scream moo goo gai pan -- in the same state. And if it is coincidence, the owners of the restaurant set to open on Colonial Drive may want to keep the signage company on speed dial so they can take the Peter's Kitchen sign down after the owners get a Cease and Desist order from the Miami restaurant's lawyers.

Cows 'n Cabs Expected to Raise Record Amount

Written by Scott Joseph on .

Cows and Cabs tent

They're going to need a bigger tent.

Cows 'n Cabs was held in Winter Park Saturday, the seventh year for the event, and it seems to have grown exponentially.

The fundraiser takes place under a pavilion sized tent set up in Central Park's West Meadow (there is no East, North or South Meadow, as far as I can tell). At least some of it takes place under the tent. This year the food and beverage vendors spilled far outside the confines of the big top.

Organizer John Rivers of 4 Rivers Smokehouse, estimated the crowd at 1,600, and he was anticipating the event to raise a record $200,000 for After-School All-Stars and Elevate Orlando, two local charities that work with underserved youths. Click the video below to get an idea of what the event was like.

Some of the restaurants that participated included Taverna Opa and Tapa Toro, K restaurant, Soco, Hunger Street Tacos, Pizza Bruno, Norman's at the Ritz and 1921 by Norman Van Aken, 4 Rivers and the Coop, and Hawkers Asian Street Fare.

Restaurants from Disney Springs were last minute participants. They included Morimoto Asia, Polite Pig, Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar, and The Ganachery.

There was plenty of food and drink and lots of boot stompin' music.

Watch for the eight annual Cows 'n Cabs when the 2018 date is announced. It's bound to be even bigger, though I'm not sure they can make it better.