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Newsy Nuggets: ’tis the season for openings

Written By Scott Joseph On July 11, 2022

Kung fu tea

Kung Fu Tea is the business that will replace Too Much Sauce at Mills Park in the Mills 50 district. KFT is a franchise that started in Flushing, Queens, in 2010. It specializes in Taiwan-style bubble tea and claims to be the largest bubble tea brand with over 350 locations across the U.S. “[a]s one of the OGs of bubble tea…”

Just curious – how much longer do we have to put up with businesses and menu items being labeled as the OG? For those not wishing to Google it, OG stands for original gangster and its provenance, you shouldn’t be surprised, is in gang culture. Cute, huh?

A tenant has been found for another vacant space, this one in downtown Orlando. Solita Tacos & Margaritas will move in to the former Wahlburgers on the corner of Church Street and Orange Avenue. Solita is from Xperience Restaurant Group, which also owns, among other brands, Chevys Fresh Mex. Wahlburgers, which opened in 2016, closed permanently in June 2020. Solita is coming this fall.

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Normans sign

Fall begins Sept. 22. I only mention it because a sign on the still-being-renovated Norman’s at the Dellagio Town Center says that the fine dining restaurant that left the Ritz-Carlton three years ago will open this summer. Tick tock.

Pisco Peruvian Gastrobar has not tied its opening to a particular season – it’ll open when it opens, though it promises “soon.” It will be at 9344 N. Narcoosee Road, Orlando, but promises to “transport you to the Andean mountainside.” I hope it opens before winter.

Another Peruvian restaurant, Brazas Chicken, moved out of the Marketplace at Avalon Park to a larger space a half a block away. (I’ll have more on Brazas on Thursday.) Going into the food hall space that Brazas left, no doubt in spotless condition in order to get its deposit back, will be Dusty Dogz. Although it sounds like it might be a mobile pet groomer, Dusty Dogz is a wienerie out of Michigan. This summer.

Another food business with Michigan ties, albeit loosely, is Simply Cheese, which is scheduled to open later this month in the Shoppes of Aloma in Winter Park. The owner, Anne Thornton, is from Michigan and, according to a note on the cheesemonger’s website, came up with the idea to open a cheese shop in her adopted Florida while visiting one back in Michigan. Despite the name, it will not simply offer cheese but will also have charcuterie, jams, honeys and packaged meats. I guess Complicated Cheese didn’t sound right.

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