Newsy Nuggets: New restaurants and other stuff

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FonsecaAfter his restaurant Millenia 106 closed, the chef Bruno Fonseca, left, started a series of popup dinners under the moniker The Foreigner – A Culinary Experience. Now Fonseca plans to open a permanent restaurant using the same chef’s-tasting concept called simply Foreigner. The restaurant, in partnership with Omei Restaurant Group (Bento), will feature a 10-seat counter facing an open kitchen and will offer prix-fixe multi-course dinners. Think Kadence with more than sushi. Look for a spring opening.

Saturday, Jan. 2, is the reopening date for Orlando Meats, now in Winter Park. The popular butcher and cafe closed its Virginia Drive spot on Christmas Day, so it wasn’t a terribly long time to wait. OM has taken over a larger restaurant space in Ravaudage at the corner of Lee Road and Orlando Avenue.

Jan. 2 is also the date for Purple Ocean Superfood Bar’s opening at Waterford Commons. The acai bowl specialist has been operating out of a truck exclusively until now.

Unfortunately, Great Harvest Bread Co. has closed after a little more than a year in downtown Orlando. The franchise was owned by Brad and Rachel Cottle, who announced the closing in a video that showed both of them with inspirationally brave smiles when they have every right to be bummed.

Newsy Nuggets: Brunch that is and isn't a drag, 15 years of double Pom, new cookie shop at the Springs, and 2020 IS ALMOST OVER

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Diva brunch

Estefan Kitchen, the new Cuban restaurant at the Promenade at Sunset Place, has instituted a drag-themed brunch. This is not to be confused with the car shows that take place at the Prom – this is a different kind of drag. Every Sunday from now on, the Diva’s Dining Performance will take the stage from noon to 3 p.m. to entertain diners as they feast on such things as open-faced Cuban egg sandwiches, omelets, French toast, steak & eggs, and tres leches. Doesn’t sound like a drag at all. Reservations at the restaurant’s website.


Kudos to Pom Moongauklang whose Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria is celebrating its 15th anniversary. From now until Sat., Jan. 9, will offer specials, promotions and giveaways. On Tues., Dec. 29, 15 percent of lunch proceeds will go to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. If you’re more altruistic, you may prefer Mon., Dec. 28’s $1.50 local beers. Check out more at Pom Pom’s Facebook page.

Gideon springs

Gideon’s Bakeshop has opened at Disney Springs, a big step up from its original stall at East End Market. Does a larger space mean larger cookies? Not sure that’s even possible. Interesting marketing choice in announcing the opening with the tagline, "The Weight Begins." Timing might be off for all the resolutionists but everything else has been wacky this year, who knows? Also, as you can see in the photo, the sign says the shop was established in 1898, which is pure hooey. Obviously it will feature into whatever cockamamie backstory has been invented by the Disney Springers. 

If you’re still looking for a restaurant to enjoy a special New Year’s Eve dinner (note: New Year’s Eve is on Dec. 31 this year), check out the choices in our Holiday Dining listings. Good optoins including JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek; Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe; Big Fin Seafood Kitchen; and the Promenade at Sunset Walk.

Newsy Nuggets: Free sandwiches to those in need and other stuff

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Nurturing Day

Bad As’s, the award-winning sandwich shop, plans to give away takeaway sandwiches Wed., Dec. 23, for what it is calling Nurturing Day.

Owner John Collazo said that he’s offering the giveaway as a thank-you to customers that have supported him and his restaurants over the past several months.

The prepacked meals – meant for those facing food insecurity but no one is asking questions – will be handed out at the Milk District location, 207 N. Primrose Drive, only beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing through 8 o’clock or until the food is gone. The initiative is supported by sponsors and donors, including Se7enbites, Valhalla Bakery, Foxtail Coffee, Robo Candelario, Alers Law Firm, Latin American Pawn Shop, Alfredo Kierszman, and the Milk District.