New Restaurant from Owner of Pom Pom's

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Pom Moongauklang, owner of Pom Pom’s sandwicherie, is planning a new restaurant for the new year. Takocheena will occupy a space on Mills Avenue a few doors up from Bananas Diner. It’s a space that most recently was home to a catering company, but which has been a number of failed restaurants in the last decade.

Moongaulang’s new place will feature a fusion of Asian and Tex-Mex (say the name Takocheena phonetically) to reflect her heritage. Her family is the owner of Thai House restaurant. The new place will be casual, with bike racks inside and some seating out back.

Another of Pom’s recent projects has been designing the menu for the just-opened Mr. Sisters, a gay bar with a lakefront location on E. Colonial Drive near Semoran Boulevard (it’s a big building painted in the hottest of pinks; you can’t miss it). She says the menu is better than your average bar food, but bar food nonetheless. The restaurant will soon start serving her Sunday brunch menu on the lakeside deck.

Takocheena is aiming for a February opening.


News of City Fire, Urban Flats, Pine Twenty 2 and others

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The Sand Lake Road/Dellagio Urban Flats will close after service Wednesday and, if all goes according to plan, will reopen on January 17 as City Fire. See below for artist renderings of what the place will look like.

As I reported earlier, this is a Manny Garcia project, and he has reassembled several of the original Pebbles restaurant gang, including executive chef Tony Pace, who Garcia managed to lure out of semi retirement. Another chef, Todd Baggett, who cooked at Garcia’s former upscale restaurant, Manuel’s on the 28th, has also come on board.

Bye Bye Bayou

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Kelly Fitzpatrick is reporting in her comprehensive Last Call blog that Crooked Bayou will have, um, a last call on Dec. 23. The sort-of New Orleans style restaurant has been serving food and, more importantly, drinks since 2003. The owner of the restaurant, however, has been in that space for much longer. As Fitzpatrick reports, owner Susan Buttery -- how can you not go into the restaurant business if your name is Buttery? -- was a co-owner of the Po’Boys Creole Cafe, which somehow - miraculously - managed to remain in that space across the street from Heritage Square from 1995 to 2003, when Buttery bought out her partners and changed the name to Crooked Bayou. I remember remarking at the time that I thought I should double check by bill from a place with Crooked in its name, but the Bayou managed to keep its regulars happy for seven-plus years.


Barnie's Coffee Introduces the Pour Over Filtered Coffee in Advance of Major Renovations

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Anne Valdez, vice president of coffee and tea for Barnie's, demonstrates the proper technique for the pour over.

Everyone knows about wine and food pairings. And you may even be aware of beer dinners that match specific ales and lagers with appropriate foods. Heck, there’s even a dinner coming up with the food paired (and in some cases prepared) with vodka. But here’s a new twist: coffee and dessert pairings.

That was the premise of a tasting I had recently at the Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company in Baldwin Park. It was the Orlando-based company’s way of announcing its new filtered coffee program that will be part of a planned remodeling of all the company owned Barnie’s coffee shops. The process -- which is not new but is new to the Barnie’s operation -- involves slowly pouring boiled water over grounds in a paper filter into a small carafe. Actually, Barnie’s is calling it the “pour over” coffee; you can’t get much more straightforward than that. According to Anne Valdez, vice president of coffee and tea (now there’s a title for you), who conducted the tasting for me, it’s a technique that takes a lot of training to perfect. But the result, she says, is a more robust cup of coffee.