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Newsy Nuggets: Slate closes, Cast & Crew on the horizon and more

Written By Scott Joseph On January 5, 2024

Slate exterior

Slate, the Restaurant Row upscale casual concept that opened in 2015, has closed.

The restaurant, which it has to be said had no slate in or on it, was originally opened by Concentrics Hospitality, an Atlanta consulting company that had also brought Luma on Park to the area. When I first reviewed Slate, I thought it was mostly unremarkable – not bad, just not memorable. I revisited in 2017 and found it had better focus. The decor of the restaurant, next door to Trader Joe’s, was lovely and comfortable, mostly due to the lack of slate, I suppose.

Concentrics, which operates Two Urban Licks restaurant in Atlanta, is planning a new Central Florida restaurant to be called Cast & Crew, a much better name that Two Urban Licks. No location information as of yet but look for it to start casting and crewing late spring.

South Steel SJO March AD copy

Slate was next to the Dellagio Town Center, the tony complex that is home to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Norman’s Orlando and Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi among other restaurants and businesses, is on the market and can be yours for a mere $49 million, according to Orlando Business Journal. (Ask the sellers to pay closing costs.)

Create Your Nature, a name that makes Two Urban Licks sound palatable, closed Dec. 20. It specialized in health-conscious bowls, smoothies and salads next to Foxtail’s Farmhouse on Orange Avenue in Winter Park.

Wine Quest, the two-day tasting and dining fundraiser for Quest, Inc., will hold its 2024 edition May 17 and 18, this year at Caribe Royale. This is a save-the-date announcement; tickets are not yet on sale.

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