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Written By Scott Joseph On August 5, 2021

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Nick Filet

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I’m sure it’s no coincidence that Nick Filet sounds a lot like the name of a certain never-on-Sundays fast food chain. But there actually is a Nick behind the new fast-fooder, which recently opened a franchise in the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips off Restaurant Row, and it specializes in filets, and even uses the proper spelling.

The Nick in question is Nick Kline, and he and his father, Keith, started Nick Filet not quite three years ago with the first restaurant in Paoli, just outside Philadelphia. The Orlando location is just one of four and the first outside of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Nick’s niche is simple: Instead of the ubiquitous chicken sandwich that every other franchise seems to specialize in, Nick’s offers a steak on a bun. It isn’t a unique idea. In fact, there’s a similar concept, Steak on Fire, just over a quarter of a mile away.

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4Roots Cafe

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I thought it was a nifty idea when 4Roots, an initiative from 4 Rivers Restaurants dedicated to teaching the connection to food choices and individual health, opened 4Roots Cafe at Orlando Science Center. Besides offering healthful food choices, including plant based and sustainable options, it was to include food exhibits and educational videos and even a display with a robotic arm that picks strawberries.

I was only mildly annoyed that access to the cafe was available only through the Science Center, which required the purchase of a ticket. Not that that’s unheard of – you can’t eat at a restaurant in Epcot unless you pay for admission. And OSC costs a whoooooole lot less than Epcot. And parking is cheaper, too.

But now the cafe is accessible to the public without an entrance fee (though it would still be a good thing to support the center if you can).

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Park Avenue restaurant Boca under new ownership


Boca, the Park Avenue restaurant and bar that opened in 2014, is under new ownership. Artistry Restaurants, a relatively new group based in Winter Park, is the new owner of the restaurant and its companion business Atlantic Beer and Oysters. The company also took ownership of the original Boca, in Sarasota, and operates the Burger U at UCF.

Darren Brach, area manager for Boca, said Friday, “Right now we’re getting in here and getting some facilities going.” He alluded to “mixed messages” the restaurant had sent in the past about what it was and that they would be working to hone the concept. The company will continue to operate Atlantic Beer and Oysters, which is in a small space behind the corner restaurant.

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Other Stuff

Best Burger 2021 Finalists

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Here are the finalists for the 2020 Best Burger Foodster Award for Independent Restaurants.

You may vote for one restaurant by ticking the box next to its name and then clicking the VOTE button.

After you vote, leave a comment below telling us WHO YOU VOTED FOR and why you think your choice should win. Be sure to mention the name of the restaurant in your comment – we can’t see who you voted for. Tell us what you like about the burger and the restaurant serving it. We may use your comment if your choice is declared the winner.

Voting will continue through Thursday, Aug. 12.

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Newsy Nuggets: Local chefs on TV, openings, closings and vaccine both mandated and unmandated

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Trina Gregory-Propst of Se7enbites won the championship on the Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games. The show, also known as Triple G or GGG, is hosted by Guy Fieri and involves chefs running around grocery aisles, or something like that. The show has aired but you can watch it online if you sign in with your cable provider. It’s also available on Discovery+. If you want to be surprised at the outcome, don’t read the first line above.

World champion pastry chef Laurent Branlard of the Swan and Dolphin was also on Food Network Sunday participating in something called Buddy Vs. Duff. Branlard was on two episodes called Baker Battle: Fairy Tale and Sweet Rides. You can watch those episodes the same way.

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