Updated with information about gift cards.
This is turning out to be a rotten week for restaurants. First we had word of the closings of Harper’s and City Fire. This morning, the Orlando Sentinel reports that McCormick and Schmick’s new owner, Landry’s Seafood, has closed the Mall at Millenia location. Now I’ve just confirmed that Stefano’s Italian Grille in Windermere served its last meals New Year’s Eve.
Co-owner Mary Tedesci says that she and her husband, Chef Steff, are looking for a place to relocate the business. They are considering the freshly closed City Fire on Restaurant Row and the former location of Wa on Turkey Lake Road among others. Tedesci says they hope to find a space and reopen by the end of February.
Update: If you have a gift card to McCormick & Schmick’s, it will be honored at any of the Landry’s restaurants, including, locally, Oceaniare Seafood Room at Pointe Orlando, Bubba Gump’s at CityWalk, Landry’s Seafood near Lake Buena Vista, T-Rex Cafe and Rainforest Cafe at Walt Disney World. Oceanaire Seafood Room assistant manager Roger Warren suggests diners present the card upon seating to faciliate its acceptance at the end of the meal (always good advice).