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Newsy Nuggets: The Hinckleyfication of Orlando, Boiled Fish, Conrad Orlando and cabernets in combat

Written By Scott Joseph On January 19, 2024

Matt Hinckley with boxer
Matt Hinckley via Facebook

Matt Hinckley is a very busy man. Already the chef, owner and operator of Hinckley’s Fancy Meats at East End Market, he is in the midst of opening Mid Drive Dive in College Park with co-owners Jacob and Brittany Zepf. Edgewater is the Drive the Dive will be Mid, taking the space that was Graffiti Junktion. It isn’t expected to open before the end of February but its website is already selling merch.

And now Hinckley is ready to jump on the not-quite-vacated space of East End Market neighbors Farm & Haus, which is closing at the end of the month to focus on its full service restaurant on Park Avenue. But instead of expanding the snout-to-tail charcuterie and sandwich concept of Fancy Meats, he will open a barbecue concept to be called Boxer & Clover. George Orwell fans will recognize the names as characters in “Animal Farm.” Boxer and Clover are horses that represent the working class. Since we seem to be living in Orwellian times, the name makes sense, but naming a barbecue restaurant after a couple of horses might raise an eyebrow.

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The Boxer & Clover stand at East End will be an experiment and if all goes well, Hinckley plans to expand it there or find a more permanent location.

That’s a picture of Hinckley from his Facebook page at top with a boxer, but obviously not the horse Boxer. The dog in the photo should be smiling because South Korea recently banned the sale of dog meat for human consumption, a practice that had become rare but was still legal until last week.

Speaking of restaurant names that raise an eyebrow, Boiled Fish has opened in the Phillips Village on Turkey Lake Road. It’s a Chinese restaurant where sauerkraut fish is listed as a specialty. 

Conrad Orlando opened this week within the Evermore Orlando Resort, and with it come the restaurants Sophia’s Trattoria and Papaya Club. The former is obviously Italian, the latter is Polynesian and “Asian-inspired.”

Competitive wine tasting comes to Orlando on March 23 with Wine Wars. Up to 100 teams of one, two or three people pay to enter and then must purchase three bottles of the same cabernet sauvignon wine. What happens after that isn’t clear, but if you’ve always felt wine tastings should be more cutthroat, you can sign up here. The event will be held at Lake Eola from 5 to 9 p.m.

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