Some changes to report.
The little Cuban cafe and bakery that opened just a few months ago on Curry Ford Road as YaYa’s is now called ZaZa’s. Same folks, same menu, just a different name — one that can be used as the owners plot to open more locations in Central Florida. The young man I spoke to at the restaurant said that they did not have the rights to the name YaYa. I’m curious to see how many fans of “La Cage aux Folles” stop in thinking they’re visiting the Jewel of the Riviera depicted in the Jerry Herman musical.
Also on Curry Ford, the restaurant that was Senor Frogi’s Mexican Kitchen is now called Cantinero Caribeno, a Caribbean restaurant. Haven’t been yet, but the turnaround was so quick that I’m wondering if it is the same ownership here, too, with just a different name — one that won’t attract the ire of the people who own Senor Frog’s.
And it looks like New York Diner, the airport area restaurant that opened not so very long ago, has closed. NYD had opened in a new group of shops that also holds a Bonefish Grill. Part of the issue, I was told, is that the Bonefish lease prevented other businesses from competing with it. So anyone operating a restaurant could not feature seafood as a prominent menu item and, even more noteworthy, could not offer a full liquor bar, only beer and wine. Too bad. I liked New York Diner, though it had issues. I thought it offered a nice alternative to dining in the vicinity of MCO.