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Nova Closing Sunday

Written By Scott Joseph On November 3, 2017

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According to Wikipedia: A nova … is a transient astronomical event that causes the sudden appearance of a bright, apparently “new” star, that slowly fades over several weeks or many months.

Nova, the “scratch kitchen” that opened in early 2016, will fade out after Sunday’s dinner service, according to Faiyaz Kara of the Orlando Weekly.

The restaurant at the corner of North Orange Avenue and Virginia Drive (the name was actually meant to be a syllabic abbreviation of North of Virginia) had an impressively renovated space that included the former Brian’s Diner greasy spoon and expanded through to an adjacent business. The expansive covered patio looked out to Lake Ivanhoe across Orange Avenue.

I wasn’t impressed with the restaurant when I first reviewed it, in March 2016, but I found it vastly improved for an updated review in January. As Kara reported, the opening chef, Valentinus Domingo, left the restaurant in August; AJ Kraft, former sous chef at Slate on Restaurant Row, came on as executive chef in September.

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