Former Felipe Rodriguez Space to Take On a Northeastern Feel

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Despite what you may have read [cough, here], the new owners taking over the just closed Felipe Rodriguez space are not going to be doing a Philly cheesesteak concept. But it is going to be based on a Philadelphia restaurant, Old Nick’s Famous Roast Beef, a family-operated sandwich spot.

Cavo’s Bar and Kitchen will feature “a simple menu with a northeast twist,” said Johnny Markaj, who will open the restaurant with partners John Cavallini and Mark Cavallini. “Northeast comfort food,” with house roasted and hand-carved beef, pork and other meats.

Newly Opened Downtown Campus Brings a Culinary Arts Program to Creative Village

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When UCF and Valencia opened their joint campus in the Creative Village, downtown Orlando got a culinary arts school. That’s because Valencia moved its existing culinary arts and hospitality program from its West Campus.

And thanks to a donation of $1.5 million dollars from Walt Disney World Resort, the facilities, including high-tech classrooms, specialized kitchens with overhead cameras, and even a mixology lab, are all state of the art.

The facilities occupy three levels of the 15-story UnionWest tower constructed by Ustler Development that also has student services offices and dormitory housing on the upper floors.

I was given a tour of the facilities recently by Alex Erdmann, dean of the School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality at Valencia College; Jim Inglis, Hotel/Restaurant Management director; and Ken Bourgoin, chef and instructor.

Bullet Point Buffet: Movings, Openings, Closings

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  • Frank Galeano has left the kitchen at Tapa Toro and is moving to San Francisco to accept the position of head chef at Wingtip, a private social club. He’ll be joining two former colleagues – Brian Moll and Mark King – from his days at Isleworth Country Club and Club at Mediterra in Bonita Springs. “So basically three Florida boys will be running things there,” Galeano said in a message.
  • Mia’s Italian Kitchen on International Drive in Orlando has introduced a “bottomless dining” options, but I caution you that this does not refer to the dress code. Learn from my mistake, people.
  • Speaking of bottoms, Hungry Pants, the new restaurant from the former owners of the Yum Yum Cupcakes food truck, has opened softly on South Orange Avenue in the former Carol’s Place place. It will have limited hours through the softness of the opening and then serve lunch and dinner daily when it opens hardly on Nov. 4.