Newsy Nuggets: Restaurants by any other name

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A Miami breakfast and brunch restaurant with the unfortunate name Bacon Bitch (no comma between the two words, please) plans to open Friday on Collegiate Way near collegial UCF. The restaurant’s menu has offerings such as Main Bitch, Naked Bitch, Cafe Bitch and extras known as Side Bitches. I feel the need to mention that this isn’t one of those doggie dining concepts. I guess the casual use of the word is a generational thing. You’ll recall that last year a restaurant called Japango opened on Colonial Drive with a bento offering known as a Bitch Box. As I’ve said many times, coming up with a name for a restaurant can be really hard, but sometimes it can be an absolute...well, you know.

Here’s a good name: John & John’s. No, it’s not a port-a-potty business, it’s a pizza shop that opened last week in the former Mediterranean Blue Cafe space in SoDo. The Johns in question are Markaj and Cavallini. The latter is also the owner of Cavo’s Bar & Kitchen in Thornton Park.

And please don’t confuse Cavo’s with Cava, an assemblage restaurant chain that recently opened just down the block from John & John’s new place in a former Zoe’s Kitchen location.

Also, do not confuse Cavo’s and Cava with Kavas, the Tacos + Tequila restaurant opening soon at Pointe Orlando.

Other SoDo news, Bao’s Castle has raised the drawbridge and closed. A note on the business’s Facebook page said it “couldn’t catch up because of the pandemic.”

In downtown, Papi Smash (as in smashburgers) will take over a former Jimmy Hula’s space on the corner of Pine Street and Magnolia Avenue. It’s a brick and mortarization of sorts for a food truck business. The owner is looking for a late September opening, which in Orlando time means just before or a little after the New Year.

I guess I’m most excited about Cava – a new assemblage restaurant will give me something to bitch about.

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