Some newsy bits to close out January:
Anukul Hampton, the talented chef who most recently was cooking up a storm at Circa in Winter Park, has taken a position with Hilton Bonnet Creek.
Terrace 390 has named a chef for its impending opening. David Morrison, who has cooked at Gaylord Palms and in theFlorida Keys, will head the kitchen when the new bistro opens, probably in March. The 390 in the name is the address of the new restaurant in the Bank of America Building on Orange Avenue. By the way, those of you who were hoping a new restaurant would open at the top of the building in the space where Manuel’s on the 28th closed almost exactly two years ago (it was just after Valentine’s Day), you can stop holding your breath: that space is now an office. It was never meant to be a restaurant. When the building was originally constructed, in the late 1980s, it was supposed to be a board room. Does anyone remember the original name of the building? (Answer below.)
Of course the space where Terrace 390 will be was the longtime home of Harvey’s Bistro, one of the restaurants developed by Manny Garcia and his team. Garcia and company are currently putting the finishing touches on City Fire, the restaurant that will occupy the space previously held by an Urban Flats at the Dellagio plaza on Restaurant Row. The furnishings are in, the training is underway, and inspections are planned. A mid to late February opening is the target. Stand by.