JW Marriott Bonnet Creek has opened its Unreserved Food Bazaar, a food hall-style restaurant under the supervision of chef Peter Kunstek. It features pizza from a Josper oven; a sushi and raw bar; seasonal salads (currently featuring peaches and burrata); and fresh fish selections. Also new: the JW Garden, which grows herbs and produce used throughout the resort’s restaurants (more on that soon).
From Unreserved to Uncommon. Uncommon Catering & Eatery is dropping the & Eatery after July 23 and will focus on its catering business. It will remain in its Curry Ford West district space and will offer occasional wine dinners and popup events, according to a post on its Facebook page.
Nobu Hotels, a luxury brand whose partners include actor Robert DeNiro and chef Nobu Matsuhisa, will open a hotel in Orlando. It’s scheduled for 2024, which probably means late 2025 in Orlando-construction years. Yes, that probably means a Nobu sushi restaurant will come with it.
Six degrees of restaurant separation: One of Uncommon’s Curry Ford neighbors is Theo’s Kitchen, which moved to CFW from its original location on Michigan Street at Osceola Avenue, which was taken over by Mediterranean Blue until it closed recently. Now, the owners of Cavo’s Bar and Kitchen, Mark Cavallini and John Cavallini, are partnering with John Markaj to turn the Med Blue space into a pizzeria – all three were involved in Thornton Park’s Anthony’s Pizza at one time or another. No dates, but we’ll hope it’s open before Nobu.
Goff’s Drive-In, the seventy-four-year-old ice cream shop on South Orange Blossom Trail, is set to reopen on July 18. It has been closed since late May due to a fire of suspicious origin.
Lordfer Lalicon has left Kadence, the newly starred Michelin restaurant, in anticipation of the opening of his Filipino restaurant, Kaya, which will be in the former Dandelion Community Cafe house on Thornton Avenue in the Mills 50 district. An opening date for Kaya has not yet been announced.
We also don’t know when Skyline Chili will open its first Orlando franchise but the Ohio-based chain says early 2023. It will be at Flamingo Crossings Town Center. Also coming to Flamingo Crossing: Advent Health ER. Coincidence? Can’t say.
Chef Juan “Danny” Otero, also known as Chef D.O.C., has opened Mi Cocina by Chef D.O.C. on Good Homes Road in Orlando. Otero is a former executive chef at RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar and Teak Neighborhood Grill. Managing the front of the house in the new restaurant is Otero’s wife, Ana D. Otero Salazar, who may or may not go by her own initials.