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Newsy Nuggets: Monster Mash; East End proclamation; Chuan Fu; McCoy’s; Saigon Market; and a redo…in SoDo?

Written By Scott Joseph On October 31, 2023

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Bites & Bubbles played host Saturday to Monster Mash Masquerade, a fundraiser for Restaurant & Allied Partnership of Central Florida (RAPCF). Member restaurants set up cooking stations in, around and over (the rooftop patio) Bites & Bubbles. The event raised funds for RAPCF, a nonprofit organization with a mission to support, promote and educate local independent restaurants and affiliated businesses within Central Florida. According to co-owner Nicholas Olivieri, approximately $15,000 was raised and 150 people attended.A lot of the attendees came out in costume, and B&B showed itself to be a great venue for a fun party.

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Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer presents a proclamation to East End Market’s John Rife.

East End Market celebrated its 10th anniversary last weekend with multi-events that began on Thursday with Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer proclaiming the weekend East End Market Days.


Chuan Fu, from the owners of Chuan Lu Garden, has opened in the former Orlando Meats space, which, counterintuitively, is in Winter Park. It’s at the Ravaudage center at Lee Road and Orlando Avenue.


McCoy’s Bar & Grill, the lobby level restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, will close for planned renovations on Saturday, Nov. 4, and reopend Nov. 27. During that time, McCoy’s menu will be served at Hemisphere on the top floor.


Conrad Orlando (think Conrad Hilton) is scheduled to open this winter at Evermore Orlando Resort near Walt Disney World. The Conrad will bring several restaurants, including an upscale Mexican. A presser from the hotelier says it will open in December, but the Conrad’s website says it’s not accepting reservations until February.


Saigon Market, a fixture of the Mills 50 neighborhood from the days when locals unofficially dubbed the area Little Saigon, will close next month, likely before Thanksgiving. The reason, according to a post by Arthur Tran, is that his parents are ready to retire. The actual closing date will depend on when the market runs out of food and goods.


Citrus Club, the members-only venue, will have a “brand reveal” next month showcasing, according to a press release, a “ revitalized ambiance, elevated culinary experiences, and lively programming plans” for the redefined club. The most interesting part of the press release was a line that said Citrus Club is “located in the heart of the SoDo District.” 

SoDo, as in South of Downtown. The Citrus Club is in a high-rise at 255 S. Orange Ave., which is about a Do as you get.

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