Yugiri Ramen Project finds a home, fast-casual Indian Urban Turban will open in downtown Orlando, Hen + Hog is soft-open in Winter Park
OPENINGS+CLOSINGS: Urban Turban, a fast-casual Indian restaurant by the owners of Curry Mantra on I-Drive and Divine Indian Cuisine in Kissimmee, will open the first...orlandoweekly.com
Orange County business owners discuss growth in I-Drive area
Video: Orange County business owners discuss growth in I-Drive area The I-Drive business improvement district hosted a roundtable to talk about growth in a busy area for tourists in Orange County. (WFTV)ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The I-Drive business improvement district hosted a roundtable Thursday to talk about growth in a busy area for tourists in Orange County. “It’s a work, live, play, area there’s a need for schools,” one business owner said. “There’s a need for grocery stores, there’s a need for people, parks There’s to come here and live.”Photos: Orange County business owners discuss growth in I-Drive areaExpand Autoplay Image 1 of 5 Orange County business owners discuss growth in I-Drive areaOrlando City Commissioner Bakari F. Burns attended the roundtable to hear from the community. WATCH: State officials differ in response to high gas, groceries costsSome business owners said they would like to see things such as tax and zoning incentives to attract more development.wftv.com
Serengeti Restaurant opens inside Bronze Kingdom; Kombu Sushi Ramen serves up 12-hour tonkotsu; Japango takes over Chewy Boba in Mills 50
OPENINGS: Serengeti Restaurant & Bar, a restaurant specializing in dishes and cocktails from all across Africa, has opened inside the Bronze Kingdom, a museum dedicated to African art on I-Drive ... Kombu Sushi Ramen has opened in the old Bigbelly's Hawaiian Grindz space on Aloma Avenue near Goldenrod Road. Of note: 12-hour mayu tonkotsu ramen with fried garlic and black garlic oil ... Visit guysflavortownkitchen.com to order ...SheZen Mono by chef Natalie Julien brings an authentic hot pot experience to your home for $75 per couple. NEWS + EVENTS: Winter Park Biscuit Co., the all-vegan diner inside East End Market, has launched its full menu ... Kadence will stage a sushi breakfast Feb. 21 with seating at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Cost is $95 ... Hawkers Asian Street Food is celebrating Chinese New Year by offering the Hawkers Ox Box through Feb. 26.orlandoweekly.com
‘Big fall:’ StarFlyer tower climber describes seeing co-worker fall to his death
ORLANDO, Fla. – Another tower climber on the Orlando StarFyler ride called 911 after watching his 21-year-old co-worker fall hundreds of feet to his death. A day after the incident, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office released the 911 call made by one of Kaminsky’s fellow tower climbers moments after the fall. [TRENDING: ‘My son lost his life over Burger King’ | Man falls to his death from Orlando ride | Are you getting political text messages?] “Someone needs to go help him, ASAP, immediately, big fall,” the worker tells a supervisor over radio while also talking to dispatch. Ride officials said they’re cooperating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and deputies in the investigation.
I-Drive sees much needed boost from visitors during Labor Day
ORLANDO, Fla. – It was a fairly busy Labor Day weekend for businesses along International Drive, a popular tourist destination in Orlando. This is what Orlando is,” Tereso Guevara, an Orlando native said. Guevara spent the day at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf with his family. He said he’s happy to see I-Drive and some of its most well-known entertainment spots back to life. At Fun Spot America things seemed to be picking up as well as people enjoyed several of their rides.
I-Drive cafe owner arrested after selling liquor without license, report says
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A cafe and lounge owner is facing charges after deputies say she was selling liquor at her establishment without a proper license. When authorities asked for the cafe’s liquor license, the part-owner did not have one or show any paperwork. It was a man who identified himself as Brewster’s husband that said they had applied for a liquor license and were waiting for approval from the state. The individuals agreed they would not sell liquor without a proper license, according to a sheriff’s office report. The 36-year-old was arrested and is now facing a charge for possession of alcohol with the intent to be sold without a proper license.
Shooting in I-Drive parking lot leaves one man dead
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Police Department is investigating a shooting that left one man dead. According to police, the shooting occurred in a parking lot on International Drive early Saturday morning. Officers said that 26-year-old D’quan Prentice was taken to a hospital, suffering from a gunshot wound. Prentice was linked to the shooting scene on International Drive, authorities said. “As this investigation is active and ongoing, there are no other details to release at this time,” officers said.
The Wheel at ICON Park in Orlando to reopen along I-Drive
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Wheel at ICON Park will be ready to take riders again beginning June 3, according to ICON Park officials. Some of the restaurants at Icon Park, the home base for Orlando’s Wheel, reopened earlier this month. Due to the coronavirus, management at The Wheel at ICON Park have implemented new protocols to keep guests at a distance in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. “At ICON Park, we’re devoted to providing the ultimate entertainment experience for our guests. In one convenient place, you can find world class attractions, excellent restaurants and live entertainment,” ICON Park president and CEO Chris Jaskiewicz said.
Takeout rules, as Tokyo Ramen Fusion comes to West Colonial, Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes opens in SoDo, and more Orlando restaurant news
click to enlarge Photo courtesy Mooyah Burgers, Fries & ShakesOrlando's restaurants, chefs and workers could use your support right now. Shelton's wife, Gwen Stefani, will opennext door (we kid, we kid) ...has opened on 3155 S. Orange Ave. in SoDo ...has opened an outpost in the Windermere Village shopping center ...has moved into its new digs in Longwood off S.R. 434 ..., specializing in Colombian-style burgers, arepas, empanadas and more, has opened at 1349 E. Altamonte Dr. in Altamonte Springs ...has brought Hawaii's favorite nosh to 3030 E. Semoran Blvd. in Apopka.Orlando Weekly's United We Brunch event and the 4th annual, both scheduled for March 28, won't be taking place on that date. The Saturdaywill remain closed for the month of March.orlandoweekly.com
Orange County mayor won’t support extending tourist tax agreement
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – “After further review,” Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said he would vote against the current agreement with Universal Orlando to extend Kirkman Road connecting the theme park company’s future attraction, Epic Universe. Taxes from that district go toward road improvements in the tourist district instead of items for Orange County residents, such as police departments and schools. The Universal Orlando agreement with the county would extend the taxing district to 2040, continuing to route funds into the tourist district. The Orange County Board of Commissioners was set to vote on the deal Tuesday. Demings said in a statement Friday he won’t support the agreement as is and asked the commission to re-examine the end date on the taxing district.