Oviedo is getting its very own food hall. The Food Factory Foodie Collective will open in stages beginning as early as this summer. It will be at the area known as Oviedo on the Park, at 888 City Walk Lane, just around the corner from the newest Tabla.
The Food Factory, which is being developed by Michael Collard Properties, will feature about eight independent restaurants as well as a central bar and a beer garden. Each restaurant will have its own kitchen and staff. Among the concepts that will be at the FFFC are The 1 Cantina, which also has a location in Avalon Park, and Buttercrust Pizza from SoDo District. Kai Asian Street Fare is also expected to open its second location there. Other restaurants listed include the Shawarma Kompany and Kurried, Eastern Mediterranean and Indian respectively. (Kai, Kompany, Kurried – an uncomfortable number of Ks.)
Also in the mix is a new concept called the Local Hen, which apparently is a nod to Oviedo’s famous roaming chickens.
June 23, Four Flamingos: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen will commemorate Pink Flamingos Day. (Flamingos are sort of like pink chickens, right? It’s all about the segue here, folks.) The event is dedicated to the popular lawn ornaments and not the John Waters movie. Blais will be on site and special menu items will be offered, plus complimentary samples of Pink Flamingo Rosé. Live music, and guests are encouraged to wear pink. If you can’t make it on the 23, Blais will be at the restaurant June 22-25. Make reservations online.
Still kickin’ the chicken theme, Chicken Salad Chick will close its Lake Nona location Friday, June 16. Sorry to see it go.
Speaking of go, Circle Grab and Go Street Food is scheduled to officially open Sunday, June 18, at 1216 E. Colonial Drive in the Mills 50 District. If you stop by before that, you just might find them softly opened.