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Here’s a look at some of the top events taking place this weekend. Visit the complete events calendar by clicking on “Events” in our main menu.

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Orlando Film Festival

The mission of the Orlando Film Festival is to support the cause of independent cinema and to promote culture and the arts in Downtown Orlando by exposing a wide audience to the unique and diverse stories told by independent filmmakers from around the world.The Film Festival features Indie films from around the globe as well as extra special events. Find out more »

Friday, October 24, 2014

High Fidelity:James Cornetet Solo Exhibition

October 24 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm
Jai Gallery,

101 S. Garland Ave
Cornetet’s ground breaking High Fidelity series represents the culmination of his skills in graphic design, photography and his research in CNC fabrication technologies. The images of the series features butterflies at an unprecedented fidelity and required Cornetet to design a custom CNC camera to enable him the ability to create these iconic images. Find out more »

Ghost Stories

October 24 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm

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Ivanhoe Place mixed-use development planned for Ivanhoe Village

Ivanhoe Place - The Yard rendering

Developers are looking at building a mixed-use project in Ivanhoe Village along Virginia Drive and Alden Road [GMap of property boundary].

The development is being called Ivanhoe Place (Website).

Local developer Chance Gordy with Real Estate Inverlad Development LLC told Bungalower that they are working with the community on the plan before submitting for approvals from the city.

“We’re trying to incorporate a lot of the concerns of the neighborhood,” he said.

The property is on the western side of the Lake Formosa Neighborhood and is currently home to a variety of business, warehouses and artist studios. It’s currently owned by R-Kid Properties.

Gordy says his hope is to “retain as much of the creative culture as possible.” He says that includes adding in loft space for artists and ensuring that places like The Venue still have a home there.

“The reason we are in the neighborhood is because of how awesome the neighborhood is,” he said. “We don’t want to change that.”

You’ll note the more industrial looking design to fit within the existing Ivanhoe Village district.

Gordy met with residents earlier this week and shared some initial concepts and says they are already in the process of making changes based on the feedback.

Some of the key components to the development (starting at Virginia Drive and heading north): Continue Reading →

Megabus no longer operating in Downtown Orlando


We’ve been telling you about the expanded Megabus service to and from Orlando.

Bungalower has now learned that Megabus will no longer have their Orlando arrival/departure location in downtown.

They will be moving from their current location on Gertrude Ave at N Garland Ave to a location at 902 N Semoran Blvd at Colonial Drive [GMap].

According to Megabus this change is to be closer to UCF and to provide an air-conditioned waiting room, restroom facilities and a public drop-off area.

The Megabus location change will go into effect on October 27.

Island Time beer and wine bar opens in Thornton Park

Island Time Bar 1

Island Time (Facebook) beer and wine bar is now open in the Thornton Park District in Downtown Orlando.

The new bar occupies the space that was previously IZA Tapas Bar at 712 E Washington St [GMap].

Owner Audrey Davila told Bungalower that are focusing on craft and local beers along with a nice selection of wine.

She says they are in the process of ramping up their beer and wine selection but have started with some basic favorites.

In addition they have a limited menu of light snacks including a cheese plate, hummus plate, mushroom ravioli and wild mushroom and brie soup.

“It’s all about the relaxed, island state of mind,” she said. “Laid back, casual, come as you are hangout.”

Island Time is currently open daily from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Here’s a look inside Island Time in Thornton Park along with their current soft opening beer & wine list and menu: Continue Reading →

Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House and Culinary Garden breaking ground in College Park

OJA Kitchen Garden

The Orlando Junior Academy is partnering with Florida Hospital for Children and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to break ground on a Kitchen House and Culinary Garden as part of their Edible Education Experience.

The Kitchen House and Culinary Garden will be located at 28 E King St across from the Orlando Junior Academy in College Park [GMap].

The new innovative space will give students the opportunity to learn about the source of their food. Students will also have a hand in growing and preparing that food. The goal is to inspire them to live a healthier and more enjoyable lifestyle.

The facility won’t just be for Orlando Junior Academy students, it will also be open for other schools to enjoy and take field trips and for community events.

The environmentally sustainable 3,000 sf, $700,000 project includes a kitchen classroom space for OJA’s Nutritional Science Lab. They will have four cooking stations where chef-instructors will teach nutrition and scientific concepts through the preparation of local fresh food.

Celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse, Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant in College Park and Sarah Cahill, raw food advocate, have lent their time and talent to the Kitchen House. HuntonBrady Architects, Midtown Architecture Studio, TLC Engineering, Allan & Conrad, Poulos & Bennett, Brasfield & Gorrie and Davis & Associates have all also agreed to donate their services.

Here are some architectural renderings, the site plan and floor plans for the project provided Midtown Architecture Studio and Hunton Brady Architects: Continue Reading →

New Year’s Day Citrus Bowl game now the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl


Florida Citrus Sports announced they signed a multi-year deal with Buffalo Wild Wings to present the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.

The 2015 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl airs on ABC on New Year’s Day at 1:00 p.m. in the newly reconstructed Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium.

The game will be with a top non-College Football Playoff teams from the Big Ten (or Atlantic Coast) conference and a top non-CFP Southeastern Conference team.

Part of the sponsorship will include an interactive game-day Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl promotion for people watching the game at any Buffalo Wild Wings.

The game was previously sponsored by Capital One and was called the Capital One Bowl.

This is the first time in twelve years that “Citrus” will be back in the name.

Here’s the complete announcement: Continue Reading →

Photo Tour: World of Beer opens in Downtown Orlando

World of Beer Downtown Orlando 1

The long-awaited World of Beer in Downtown Orlando (Website | Facebook) is now open.

We’ve been telling you about the bar/restaurant opening for over a year.

The World of Beer is located at 431 E Central Blvd in the Post Parkside building [GMap].

About a year ago they added a patio that goes into Lake Eola park and faces the lake.

They have also completely renovated the space inside.

In addition to a long beer list, the bar also serves pub style food including appetizers, flatbreads, soups and salads and sandwiches.

They are also offering valet service on the cul-de-sac on Osceola Ave for $5 on weekdays and $10 on the weekend.

World of Beer in Downtown Orlando is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Here’s a look inside and at the food menu and the current beer list: Continue Reading →

Burlington Coat Factory opens at Colonial Marketplace


Burlington Coat Factory (Website | Facebook) is now open at the Colonial Marketplace at 2933 E Colonial Drive [GMap].

We told you back in June that the Burlington would go into the space that was formerly Office Max and AC Moore.

The new store will is over 60,000 square feet.

The store hours for the Burlington Coat Factory on East Colonial are Sunday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm.

SunRail now available on Google Maps Transit

SunRail Google Maps

After months of waiting, SunRail map and route information is now available on Google Maps (Website).

You can input a starting point and a destination and click on the public transit icon to get directions via both SunRail and Lynx.

Lynx bus route information has been on Google Maps for sometime now, but the addition of SunRail allows for you to easily plan your route using both services. Since SunRail and Lynx provide free transfers this new tool should be helpful for many riders.

Top ten things you need to know this week for October 20, 2014

Here’s our rundown of the top ten things you need to know this week in Downtown Orlando area news.

  1. Project DTO looks at concepts for a new Lake Eola amphitheater. The two concepts show a new amphitheater with grass seating. To make room an expand the park, a small portion of the lake is shown being filled in. They also include a beach without swimming.
  2. Orange commissioners back legal battle in favor of gay marriage. The commissioners voted 5-2 to join the friend of the court brief in support of same-sex marriage. Orlando has already signed onto the brief.
  3. RusTeak Restaurant and Wine Bar opens in College Park. The new polished causal gastropub is in the former O-Town Pizza and Wings space. Be sure to checkout our Photo Tour.
  4. The GLBT Community Center in Mills 50 plans upgrades. The upgrades are being made possible by a grand from the City of Orlando and matching funds from donors.
  5. Mamak Asian Street Food opens in Mills 50. The new southeast Asian restaurant serves traditional Asian street food from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia.
  6. Orlando City celebrates breaking ground on Lions’ new stadium. The new stadium broke ground and should be ready for the 2016 season.
  7. Winn-Dixie on Colonial Drive to close. The grocery store will close sometime before November. No word yet on what will replace the Winn-Dixie.
  8. Theatre Downtown to leave Ivanhoe Village location. Florida Hospital has notified the theater that they will need to leave that location. The theater has provided no information on where they are headed.
  9. OLV at Sodo in Downtown South Closes. While Sodo is quickly filling up with another new restaurant and new retail, OLV closed without much warning.
  10. The Orlando Weekly stops by Pho K5. They say the priority is the victuals, not the visuals.

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