Guy Fieri, the Guy of Chicken Guy!, stormed into Winter Park last week with brand partner Robert Earl of Earl Enterprises to introduce some new menu items. The ensuing scrum of media – both professional broadcast and Tik Tokkie avocationers – must have made the other fried fowl vendors jealous in that area known alternately as the Chicken Strip and Cock Block. (You can see Fieri’s spiky ‘do and Earl being interviewed in the photo at top. They stepped out to the parking lot to greet a firetruck that was there for a reason that was not made immediately clear.
Among the items being added to the menu is a springtime huckleberry shake.
Market on South, the plant-based mini food hall that opened on South Street in a small two story structure in 2015, has been “temporarily closed” for a while. Now, two of its vendors, Valhalla Bakery and Dharma Southern Kitchen have announced they will move on and into the Cheney Collective, another soon-to-be food hall on Old Cheney Highway that was Mi Bodega Latina Grocery until a few years ago. When it makes the move, Dharma will change its name to Dharma Southern Chick’n, that being the preferred spelling of the unmeated food substance that mimics the taste and texture of the real-meat chicken that vegans prefer not to eat.
Not sure what will happen with the MOS space, but another empty venue will be getting a new tenant. The storefront in the Ravaudage plaza in Winter Park that was most recently home to Orlando Meats will soon be occupied by Chuan Fu, a sister restaurant – or brother; can never tell – to Chuan Lu Garden.
RockPit Brewing, the SoDo District micro beer-er, will be adding the hard stuff to its line of products. Brendan O’Connor of Bungalower reports the owners have acquired extra space and new equipment that not only allows them to brew beers with higher alcohol content but also to distill liquors such as vodka and bourbon.