Recycling is good, right? A number of local restaurant spaces vacated by previous tenants will be recycled to house new concepts.
Not long ago, Orlando Meats moved out of its original space on Virginia Drive and took up residency at Ravaudage in Winter Park. (No, it’s still called Orlando Meats, and it’s a lot closer to O’do than Orlando Sanford Airport.) The former space, which is next door to Santiago’s Bodega, will become the home of Ramen Revolution. The new restaurant is being developed by Jason Dugan, who also owns Santiago's Bodega. I’m not sure what a ramen revolution is but it sounds like it could be messy. A barebones web page for the new concept says only that it will open in 2021, so they’ve given themselves some wiggle room.
- Nick Filet, a fast-casual franchise based in Paoli, Penn., will occupy the former Dr. Phillips Marketplace storefront that had been LemonShark Poke. Nick Filet (yes, the name sounds like it should be related to a certain never-on-Sundays fast food chain, but it’s not) specializes in steak sandwiches. Perhaps there will be skirt steak skirmishes between Nick’s and nearby Steak on Fire. I’m hoping someone will open a Medium-Rare Revolution in the area.
- Up in Sanford, what used to be a Caffe Positano is now Ciro’s New York Pizza. It’s in the Market Place at Seminole Towne Center. You could stop by on your way to Orlando Sanford Airport.
- Downtown Sanford will be the site of the ninth annual Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Festival, Sat., March 27, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $40 if purchased in advance and proceeds benefit Dolly’s Foundation and Pet Rescue by Judy.
- Congratulations to Linda Gloeckner. She was last week’s winner in our drawing for a $50 gift card to Big Fin Seafood Kitchen. This week the prize will be $50 certificate to Tap Room at Dubsdread. If you get my weekly News from the Flog eletter, you’re entered to win this week and every week thereafter. If you’re not on the list, click here to sign up. It’s painless and surprisingly unannoying.