Eddie Nickell and Nicholas Oliveri, owners of Funky Monkey Wine Bar on Mills Avenue and Pointe Orlando, have announced plans for a new restaurant in the Mills50 district, two doors up from their current restaurant. Bananas -- it goes with the Monkey identity -- will be a "modern American diner," says Nickell. The restaurateurs took over the space that has held what seems like dozens of restaurants, mostly Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese, over the years. Most recently it was Viet Thai, a very forgetable experience.
Bananas, says Nickell, will feature classic diner fare "with a twist." This from a press release:
On the menu at Banana’s, a Modern American Diner are classic recipe favorites, from Hamburgers served 18 ways to Fish-N-Chips, re-imagined with bold, unique flavors and a fresh flair. With its early-morning and late-night hours, Banana’s Diner encourages guests to start the day off right with a hearty breakfast. From traditional favorites like Eggs Benedict served six different ways, to Country Fried Chicken and Waffles; the entire menu will be served all day long. Banana’s will offer free WiFi and take out service for those on the go, including fresh coffee, fruit or anything on the menu.
Bananas will keep late hours during the week, staying open until midnight most nights. On weekends, the diner will be open 24 hours. The two are aiming for an opening this summer.
Nickell and Oliveri have been busy with the Funky Monkeys. The Mills Avenue location has been undergoing redecorating inside and out. The Pointe Orlando restaurant, which the two opened within the past year, is already expanding into a empty space next door. They expect that work to be done by July 1.