Food news from Orlando, including the expansion of The Strand in Mills 50 and the double Johnny’s Diner (fun factor)

Food news from Orlando, including the expansion of The Strand in Mills 50 and the double Johnny’s Diner (fun factor)

The Strand restaurant in Orlando will open a sister restaurant called d.b.a. in the location that was previously occupied by the British Shop next door. They will not only serve cocktails but also small plates.

Tom Ryan, the founder of Smashburger, is set to open Tom’s Watch Bar, an 11,000-square-foot, boob-tube-heavy behemoth, on the top floor of the Hollywood Plaza Garage entertainment complex on International Drive, next month. Concurrently, Atlanta-based Indian street food concept Masti (meaning “mischief”) is set to open this spring on the ground floor.

500 State Road 436 in Casselberry is now home to Johnny’s Diner. Running the restaurant with her brother Giovanni “Johnny” Krasniqi, Linda Prekaj originally owned and operated Johnny’s Diner on Semoran Boulevard in Winter Park. At 10169 University Blvd. in Suncrest Village Plaza, Krasniqi launched a Johnny’s Diner in September. Get twice as much fun and Johnny’s…

Next month, Sorekara, a high-concept restaurant that embodies “the Japanese philosophy of culinary arts re-created with European imagination,” will open at 4979 New Broad St. in Baldwin Park. William Shen, a highly skilled chef, leads the restaurant owned and operated by James Beard Award-nominated restaurateurs Johnny and Jimmy Tung…

The first Vicky Bakery location outside of South Florida will open next month at the Shoppes at South Semoran, located at 4556 S. Semoran Blvd. Vicky Bakery is a Miami-based business that was founded in 1972. Everything from pastelitos to medianoches to café con leche will be available.

At 275 W. State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs, an elegant Mexican restaurant called Vida Tacos & Tequila has opened by the same people who own Garibaldi in Apopka…

After nine years, Patrick and Brittany Lyne, the owners of Farm & Haus, will close their East End Market booth. The Park Avenue eatery Farm & Haus, which marks its one-year anniversary this month, will be the pair’s main focus. In March, Matt Hinckley, the owner of Hinckley’s Fancy Meats, will move into the EEM space with his barbeque concept, Boxer & Clover.

A spokeswoman stated that Great Greek Mediterranean Grill will open “before the end of March” at the Trelago Market in Maitland. Owner of Agave Azul Juan Rios’ modern Mexican woodfire concept Naya Comida + Barrita is scheduled to open at Trelago later this spring.

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