Luma (no longer) On Park and its former landlord, BFC Park Avenue, have settled the lawsuits each filed against the other through mediation. The Luma owners said in its suit that it was being used as a pawn by one of the landlords in a “diabolical plan to inflict financial pain and suffering upon his family members.” The landlord called Luma’s claim “revisionist history” and said the restaurant moved out while still owing more than $180,000 in rent. Luma was looking for financial damages and the return of the restaurant to the Park Avenue space.
No details of the settlement have been released, and an email to a member of the law firm representing BFC did not elicit a reply. But seeing as how the South Florida restaurant group Mila is still planning to open a Mediterranean restaurant called Ava there this fall, we’ll assume they won’t be sharing the space with Luma.
- Ava will have Oro as a neighbor, across the street and down one block in the former Mon Petit Cheri (also formerly Palmano’s). Oro will be a Mexican restaurant whose owners, under different auspices, also operate nightclubs in downtown Orlando. In fact some earlier reports said that Oro would be a nightclub, which surely caused apoplectic gasps among the Park Avenue burghers.
- Oh hey, did someone say burgers? Just a reminder that you have until the end of Thursday to place your vote for the 2021 Best Burger Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants. You can see the finalists and place your vote here.
- The corpse of Finnhenry’s in downtown Orlando is still warm and already another business is moving in. Parlay will be a sports bar, nightclub and restaurant.