Concentrics Restaurant Group Coming Back to Central Florida with New Concept(s)

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SLATELogoConcentrics Restaurants, the Atlanta based company that opened Luma on Park in 2005, is returning to Central Florida with two — possibly three — new concepts.

The first is a restaurant called Slate, which will be next to the just-opened Trader Joe’s in Dr. Phillips. The chef there will be Dominic Rice, whose name has appeared on these pages recently. You may recall that Rice was originally to be the chef at Boca in Winter Park. He even moved back to Orlando from New York, where he had cooked at the distinguished Jean-Georges, among other places. Rice left Boca before it opened but vowed at the time to remain in Central Florida.

Rice was also on the staff of Luma when it opened, so he has a history with Concentrics. (Luma is no longer associated with Concentrics.) Slate will feature an open kitchen and a seasonally changing menu. Slate is mentioned on Concentrics website, but gives no details.

Oeno, however, is not mentioned there, but you can look for it to open as part of the I-360 project — oh, let’s just call it the place with the giant Ferris wheel — on International Drive. As you might expect from the spelling, Oeno will be a wine bar. I don’t have specifics, but I’d almost bet it’ll have those damnable automatic wine dispensers.

Concentrics’ chief, Bob Amick, is in town scouting locations for a possible third concept. I don’t have any details about the concept of the location. But seeing as he’s already teamed up with the folks at Unicorp, which besides I-360 also opened the Trader Joe’s in Winter Park, and seeing further that Unicorp is developing the former Best Western Motor Inn across Orlando Avenue from Trader Joe’s, and seeing even further that that redeveloped space will almost certainly have two or three restaurants, one might draw conclusions.

Stay tuned.