Some beer news to note: The Brass Tap in Mills 50 ceased to be a Brass Tap Sunday after more than five years there. A note on its Facebook page says that the owners will rebrand and reopen with the same staff. No word on what it will be, but I’m guessing it will have something to do with beer on tap. A location in Waterford Lakes continues to be Brass Tappy.
There’s no guessing about Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company at Lake Eola. The DeLand-based brewers opened their new location, on the corner of N. Eola Drive and Robinson Street, in the former Panera Bread space in the EO Inn Monday. Many beers on tap, some exclusive to this location. Food will be available, too.
As long as we’re discussing alcohol…Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a meeting with restaurateurs in Ft. Myers Thursday that he would support making “alcohol to go” permanent after the pandemic crisis. The provision instituted under DeSantis’s pandemic emergency order allows bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises imbibing. It’s not up to him – the Florida legislature would have to, um, legislate that.
And in nondrinking news, Luby’s, the parent company of the spooneristically named Fuddruckers, caused a panic among its burger fans when it announced the company would disband. That caused Luby’s chief operating officer to issue a statement saying that 80 Luby’s and Fuddruckers remain open and may continue to be operated by franchisees. Fast food history buffs, if they exist, may note that Beefy King was once a franchise. When it dissolved the Orlando franchisees kept the Bumby Avenue roast beef sandwicherie open. And the rest is history.