Newsy Nuggets: Mediterranean blues, breakfast in the Chicken Strip and restaurants find new homes

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Chicken Guy breakfast sandwich

Mediterranean Blue, the little Greek cafe in the SoDo district that opened almost exactly 12 years ago, will close on Friday, May 27. Owner Bob Givoglu posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page, “After sustaining Mediterranean Blue with a small, dedicated team (even through a global pandemic), and winning multiple awards from our Orlando foodie community, I have made the difficult decision to bid farewell to Mediterranean Blue!” Givoglu opened the restaurant with his sister Gail, who died in 2015. The restaurant took over the space that had been home to Theo’s Kitchen since the beginning of time when Theo’s moved to a new location on Curry Ford Road. The Givoglus spruced the place up nicely and offered good food based on their mother’s recipes. Givoglu said in the Facebook post that an announcement regarding the small building’s next chapter would be made soon.

Chicken Guy!, the fast feeder project of Orlando’s Robert Earl and the world’s Guy Fieri, is now offering breakfast at its new location in Winter Park on Orlando Avenue’s unofficially named Chicken Strip. Menu items include a sweet and savory Maple Butter Pancake Tender Sandwich; Chicken, Egg & Cheese; Bacon, Egg & Cheese; and Sausage, Egg & Cheese. Breakfast items are available 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Eola Lounge is next to move into the space on the ground floor of the Sanctuary Condominiums building, the one next door to Oudom Thai and Sushi. Despite its bar-y name, Eola Lounge will also be a restaurant. I wish them luck as I’m sure do the previous tenants, which over a dozen or so years have included Fifi’s Patisserie, Sanctuary Diner, Nick’s Italian Kitchen, Gaviota, Coco Cucina and a few other concepts that were announced but never opened.

A couple of other food entities are finding new homes. Doshibox Korean Kitchens, which has been working out of the ghostly Collab Kitchens, will move into an unghostlike space in Winter Park. And Meng’s Kitchen, which has been operating as a popup will plop down in iFresh Asian Market at Colonial Drive and Bumby Avenue.

Edoboy, a standing-room-only sushi bar, will open next month behind Tori Tori in Mills 50.

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