Hometown Buffet To Occupy Former Bennigan's on West Colonial Drive

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A small operator of buffet restaurants in Tampa and Brandon has signed a lease to take over the former Bennigan's at 7344 W.Colonial Drive, Orlando. The restaurant will be called Orlando Hometown Buffet (the company is not affiliated with Minnesota-based Hometown Buffet). The company signed a five-year lease on the 6,200 square foot space. An October opening is planned. The buffet restaurant will hold 220 patrons, or, if they're all regulars, presumably fewer.

Best Burger Search -- Who Do You Want to See on the Final Ballot?

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OK, we're getting close to finalizing the list of nominees for our Best Burger in Central Florida search. I've already told you the names of the restaurants I think should be on the ballot (you can see my list here). I asked you who else you'd like to see on the ballot. I got several nominations, but we have only a few open spots on the ballot. So I'm going to let you decide who you'd like to see included in the final list. This of this as a Burger Primary. Vote for your favorite below (Note: you must be logged in to vote):



Pinkberry Orlando Opens August 20; Seeking Swirlers

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Pinkberry, the premium frozen yogurt seller based in Los Angeles, will open its Orlando store August 20 at the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips. In advance of the opening, Pinkberry is holding a job fair Wednesday, Aug. 4, for enthusiastic “swirlers.”pinkberry The company will hold group “auditions” in which job hopefuls will perform various tasks and “problem solve in a fun format,” according to a press release. Erica Lee will serve as guest judge. (I think all job interviews should have a guest judge, don’t you?)

The job fair/audition/cattle call will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Bank of America at 7862 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, directly in front of the new Pinkberry location. The positions pay $7.50/hour and include standard benefits. Successful candidates will start training Aug. 10 in advance of the Aug. 20 opening. (Is 10 days enough time to learn the proper swirl?)

For more information contact Pinkberry of Florida general manager Ryan Adleman, 815-222-5496.

Orlando's E-Brands Restaurants Files Chapter 11

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Orlando-based E-Brands Restaurants, which owns Timpano and Samba Room on Restaurant Row and the newer Paradiso 37 at DownTown Disney, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company is controlled by Rashid Choufani, who opened Restaurant Marrakesh in the Morocco pavilion at Disney's Epcot theme park. E-Brands also operates Aquaknox restaurants in Tampa and Las Vegas. Chapter 11 allows for reorganization under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. The Sand Lake restaurants are expected to remain open during the reorganization.