Newsy Nuggets: Closings, openings and other stuff

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  • A ramen shop has closed in downtown Orlando. Not just any ramen shop, The Ramen, which opened just two years ago at the corner of North Orlando Avenue and Amelia Street. It was a quick-serve operation with a fast food mien, but the main dish was nicely done. I suppose this is another closing that can be attributed to Covid-19 and the loss of downtown office worker traffic, especially from the Orlando Sentinel, which is now permanently empty and due to be razed any time now.
  • A salty donut shop will open in Audubon Park on Friday. Not just any salty donut shop, The Salty, a small operation out of south Florida. The Salty will take over the space vacated by Gene’s Auto Services – no greasy donut jokes, please – on Corrine Drive. The company has two locations in the Miami area and two in Texas.

  • Those donuts might go well with a brew from Lobos Coffee Roasters, which has opened across the road at 3000 Corinne Dr. in a former convenience store. The new business is owned by UCF graduate Tony Villalobos.
  • Matcha Cafe Maiko softly opened over the weekend, which is appropriate for a place that specializes in soft serve made with the Japanese green tea powder. Matcha Cafe Maiko is headquartered in Hawaii. The location at 639 N. Mills Ave. is the company’s first in Florida.
  • Orlando Meats has set Dec. 25 as the last day in its current location on Virginia Drive. As previously announced, the butchery and cafe will move to larger digs at Ravaudage Winter Park on an unspecified day in January.
  • And here’s word on the relaunch of something called Munchie’s Live BBQ from chef Alfred L Mann, described as “a fully immersive, interactive bbq experience,” which makes me think of Sweeney Todd. But it’s a two-hour barbecue outing on a 16 acre plot of land on Fischer Lake in Gotha. For $50 per person, customers can reserve a two-hour block of time to go fishing or use the stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes, then finish off with a barbecue lunch. Stand-up paddleboards – now I understand the immersive part. Munchie’s Live BBQ is set to launch Jan. 4.

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