Newsy Nuggets: Elevated fiestas, College Park closings, and dog days for Pups Pub

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Rosa Mexicano logo

Rosa Mexicano, an “elevated fiesta” chain that originated on New York’s Upper East Side, will open at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort after the first of the year. It will take over the space in the Dolphin currently occupied by Fresh Mediterranean Market, which serves a breakfast buffet. Rosa Mexicano was founded by Josepfina Howard in 1984 and claims to be the first New York City restaurant to offer Mexican food in a fine dining atmosphere. It currently has several Manhattan locations including one at Lincoln Center.

The restaurant’s website says that its interiors feature water walls designed by David Rockwell that pay homage to Acapulco cliff divers. The Dolphin-based RM will occupy 5,500 square feet and seat 300 guests. There will also be a bar that seats 30 and a private room that can accommodate 50 people.

Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Returns in Fall (and in Full)

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SwanSpring concourse

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns in November a little more whole than it’s been the past couple of years.

The event, which takes place along the waterways and on the concourses and the causeway that connects the two resorts, will celebrate its 13th addition November 11 and 12 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. each day. It showcases the many celebrated restaurants that call the hotels home, including Shula’s Steak House, Todd English’s bluezoo, Il Mulino, Kimonos, and the new (and very good) Amare, among others. In addition, there will be wine, cocktail and beer stations. In fact, the beer garden that has been a favorite in the past will be returning this year.

Also back are the seminars and learning experiences that were put on hold for the past couple of events. You can learn about wine blending, craft cocktailing, making pasta, and other classes.

Newsy Nuggets: Goff's, Dislodge, Barbecue, Chicken Sandwiches

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Orlando Police have made an arrest in the suspected arson of Goff’s Drive-in, the landmark Parramore ice cream stand that opened in 1948. A fire shut the business down in May. OPD now say that 58-year-old Orlando resident Alfred Kirkland deliberately set the business ablaze. No one was present at the time of the early morning fire and there were no injuries. The police report says that Kirkland can be seen in a surveillance video pouring a flammable liquid on plywood and setting it ablaze. Goff’s owner, Todd Peacock, had planned to reopen the ice cream stand in July but has come up against Orlando’s convoluted permitting and inspection process. Goff’s wasn’t unfamiliar with violence. In 1951 it was threatened by members of the Ku Klux Klan for allowing Blacks and whites to order ice cream from the same counter.

Kineman named chef de cuisine at Knife & Spoon

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Tyler Kineman

Tyler Kineman has been promoted to the position of chef de cuisine at the newly Michelin-starred Knife & Spoon at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. He replaces Gerald Sombright who recently left to accept the position of executive chef at The Club at the Dunes in Naples.

Kineman was previously banquet chef at the Ritz-Carlton and was was Knife & Spoon’s sous chef when the restaurant opened in 2020. The chef de cuisine serves under executive chef John Tesar, who is based in Dallas.