What Now Orlando always has its ear to the ground for pre-opening restaurants. This week, April 25-29th, we found some really exciting new businesses opening in Central Florida.
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So, without further ado, let’s check out the 10 pre-opening restaurants we found in Orlando this week:
1. Pico De Gallo Mexican Grill
This well-known eatery is moving to a new storefront once they vacate their current location at the Marketplace Food Hall in Avalon on July 1st. We connected with business owner Heidi Lopez for more details, which you can find here.
2. Winter Pines Golf Club Renovation
Calling it a simple renovation would be an understatement. Our findings seem to suggest that new food and beverage Head of Operations Paul Twyford has big plans for a new lounge and neighborhood hang-out.
3. Bar None Creations Bringing Six New Concepts This Summer
In an exciting Orlando restaurant scene development, Bar None Creations is stacking downtown Orlando with themed nightlife concepts. There’s a lot to unpack with this story, which we cover in more detail here and here.
4. Mandola’s Italian Kitchen Gearing Up for Multi-Unit Orlando Expansion
This Italian restaurant, marketplace and café has big plans for Central Florida. The leaders of Mandola’s have even gone so far as to partner with World of Beer CEO Paul Avery to help guide their immersion into the Orlando area market. We connected with Avery to bring you the details.
5. Maple Street Biscuit Company is on the Way to Orlando – Again
The fast-casual breakfast food chain, led by CEO Scott Moore, is planning another Orlando concept. Who can have enough specialty coffee and chicken biscuits? We give a break-down of the brand’s plans here and here.
6. Tropical Smoothie Café Permitting for Kissimmee Location
We love getting word early-on about new business, which is exactly what we did here, with Tropical Smoothie Café. What Now connected with franchisee Yusmary Lorenzo to comfirm details.
7. Rocket Diner 321 Going Brick-and-Mortal
In the process of permitting, Rocket Diner 321 is finding its permanent home after operating as a mobile unit for 30 years. We spoke with co-owner Ryan Hagy here to get all the info.
8. Banh Mi Saigon Baguette Planning a Central Florida Expansion
What Now connected with owner Phong Nguyen to hear about his plans to tap the Melbourne market. Obtaining permits, the project is in its early stages. Expect to see it sometime this fall.
9. World of Beer Preparing for a Multi-Unit Central Florida Expansion
This growing chain is coming into town full tilt with an expansion initiative. World of Beer is known for having a huge selection of beers and all the right food you’d want in a gastropub. Read about CEO Paul Avery’s plans here.
10. Wolf Branch Brewing Co. Opening Their Third Location
This local chain of breweries is gearing up to bring central Florida more craft brews and eats. Downtown Leesburg is set to see the new, two-story location this fall. Find out about owner Jose Villafana’s plans here.
Check back next week to get the next list of Orlando’s best new and pre-opening restaurants!
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