Tapa Toro, a new restaurant from the folks at Taverna Opa, will open Monday, June 29 beneath the Orlando Eye. Things are getting so crowded under that gigantic Ferris wheel that they're going to have to start opening new businesses inside the passenger pods.
As the name suggests, tapas will be a feature of the menu, perhaps even tapas made with toro. The Spanish themed restaurant will also have what may be the area's first paella pit, which is described as a seven-foot paella cooker with a bar around it for guests to sit at. Sort of like a piano bar but without the singing.
The restaurant, from Katerina and Vassilis Coumbaros, is 5000 square feet and can seat 270 guests with indoor and outdoor dining. It will have four private dining rooms for parties and meetings.
I'm guessing more of those will be parties considering that Tapa Toro will also feature live music and tableside flamenco dancing. Tableside? At Taverna Opa the belly dancer frequently gyrates atop the diners' tables. And wooden tabletops are so nice for the kind of stomping flamenco dancers do, so I'm keeping a good thought.
Tapa Toro Orlando will be at 8441 International Drive, Orlando, and will be open for lunch and dinner daily. Reservations may be made at 407-226-2929.