After his restaurant Millenia 106 closed, the chef Bruno Fonseca, left, started a series of popup dinners under the moniker The Foreigner – A Culinary Experience. Now Fonseca plans to open a permanent restaurant using the same chef’s-tasting concept called simply Foreigner. The restaurant, in partnership with Omei Restaurant Group (Bento), will feature a 10-seat counter facing an open kitchen and will offer prix-fixe multi-course dinners. Think Kadence with more than sushi. Look for a spring opening.
Saturday, Jan. 2, is the reopening date for Orlando Meats, now in Winter Park. The popular butcher and cafe closed its Virginia Drive spot on Christmas Day, so it wasn’t a terribly long time to wait. OM has taken over a larger restaurant space in Ravaudage at the corner of Lee Road and Orlando Avenue.
Jan. 2 is also the date for Purple Ocean Superfood Bar’s opening at Waterford Commons. The acai bowl specialist has been operating out of a truck exclusively until now.
Unfortunately, Great Harvest Bread Co. has closed after a little more than a year in downtown Orlando. The franchise was owned by Brad and Rachel Cottle, who announced the closing in a video that showed both of them with inspirationally brave smiles when they have every right to be bummed.