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Green Day Cafe to open in North Quarter

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Green Day Cafe (Website | Facebook) will open a new restaurant in the North Quarter of Downtown Orlando.

Their new location will be at 807 N Orange Ave, in the former Virgin Olive Market space, which closed back in April [GMap].

Green Day is described as an “eco-conscious, quick service concept that prides itself in offering a ‘Healthy Alternative to Traditional Fast Food.’”

This is their second location. The other is on Lee Road.

“I feel that our restaurant is perfect for the emerging North Quarter District. We pride ourselves in being community driven while offering a consistently great tasting and healthy product,” said Chad Tomlinson, Managing Member of Green Day Café.

Their menu includes options such as wraps, salads and rice bowls and this location will also serve breakfast and beer and wine.

The new location is expected to open August or September 2014.

Their operating hours will be Monday through Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We’ll be sure to let you know once they open.

August Bungalower Bundle: Deals at Txokos, Mills Brewpub, P is for Pie and Beauty on the Spot

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We're really thrilled to announce our August Bungalower Bundle full of great deals, offers and gift certificates. This month includes over $40 to some of the great places we've written about on Bungalower for just $9.95 (plus 100% of your membership goes to support Bungalower). 

Plus we're always working on surprises for our members each month.

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August Bungalower Bundle

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$10 Gift Certificate to Txokos Kitchen

Txokos Kitchen serves a seasonal Basque menu driven by East End Market's vegetable garden, local, sustainable seafood and many talented Florida farmers.
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Free Drink at Mills BrewPub

Mills BrewPub is a brand new gastropub in the Mills 50 District. Try one of their craft beers or wines.
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Free Mini-Pie at P is for Pie Bakeshop

Try out one of the best tasting pies in the area from P is for Pie Bakeshop in the Audubon Park Garden District.
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Free Manicure + $20 off New Service at Beauty on the Spot Spa

We were thrilled to see the Beauty Spot in College Park open their new location in Mills 50.  The spa offers manicures, pedicures, massage, waxing and other spa services.

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As a Bungalower Member we’ll give you a six-month free subscription to Orlando Magazine. Orlando Magazine covers arts, dining, travel, entertainment, style, people and trends in Orlando.

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Our average Bungalower Bundle has over $25 in savings!

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More details on what's included in this months Bungalower Bundle:

$10 Gift Certificate to TxoxkosAudubon Park Garden District — Txokos Kitchen at the East End Market serves a seasonal Basque menu driven by East End Market’s vegetable garden, local, sustainable seafood and many talented Florida farmers. The traditional Basque menu by Chef Henry Salgado never disappoints. Do yourself a favor and try something different like the grilled octopus or the while fish served using a traditional Spanish recipe. And so you can sound cool, it’s pronounced CHOH-kos (not tacos).

Free at Drink Mills BrewpubMills 50 — Mills Brewpub is the newest restaurant in the Mills 50 district. The new gastropub from the owners of Funky Monkey serves up everything from fish and chips and rib-eye steak to elk burger and shepherds pie. Start you meal out right by enjoying a drink off their growing menu of craft beer and wine.

Free Min-Pie at P is for Pie BakeshopAudubon Park Garden District — When we first stopped in at P is for Pie Bakeshop we fell in love. The pies are fantastic, the coffee is great and the owner’s great personality makes it even better. If I were you, I’d bring a friend because you’ll want to try more than one mini-pie (not that I haven’t eaten multiple myself).

Free Manicure + $20 off New Service at Beauty on the Spot SpaMills 50 — We were thrilled to see the Beauty Spot in College Park open their new location in Mills 50. The spa offers manicures, pedicures, massage, waxing and other spa services. Yes, they offer men’s manicures, and they’re great.

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Our average Bungalower Bundle has over $25 in savings!

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Funky Monkey in Mills 50 to add favorites from Nick’s Italian Kitchen

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Funky Monkey Wine Company (Website | Facebook) in Mills 50 is revising their menu to add in favorites from Nick’s Italian Kitchen.

Bungalower has learned that the owners of Funky Monkey Wine Company are changing the cuisine of their Mills 50 restaurant to italian and they are doing so by bringing back some the popular items from Nick’s Italian Kitchen.

The restaurant is located at 912 Mills Ave [GMap].

“We are taking Funky Monkey Mills to Italy,” owner Eddie Nickell told Bungalower.

Nick’s Italian was another Funky Monkey restaurant that was located in the South Eola neighborhood of the Thornton Park District.

“Mills Ave needs a good Italian restaurant and we are changing Funky Monkey Mills kitchen staff and team to bring great Italian to Mills Ave,” he said.

While we are told the name will stay Funky Monkey Wine Company, the new menu is titled Funky Monkey Wine Company’s Nick’s Italian Kitchen, a sign posted on the door has the same wording and the Nick’s Italian Kitchen Facebook page is still active and has recently updated their address to the Funky Monkey Mills Location.

The goal is clearly to bring together the best of Funk Monkey and Nick’s into the Mills 50 location.

“We have to keep up with the rapid changes on Mills Ave and we really think a good Italian restaurant will be awesome,” Nickell said.

The same owners also own Funky Monkey Wine Vault in Pointe Orlando and the new Mills Brewpub. Continue Reading →

Top Ten Things you Need to Know This Week for July 21, 2014

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

  1. Orange Ave is closed for three weeks. The City is making changes to the roadway to help connect City Commons Plaza at City Hall to the new Dr. Phillips Center.
  2. MegaBus accommodations draw criticism. We told you back in May that MegaBus would be adding more destinations from Orlando but that they would also be moving their pickup location. Their new pickup location is a parking lot with a tent and some portable toilets.
  3. SunRail Riders started a petition to add weekend and late night service. The petition has over 1,500 signatures and the topic has been added to the rail commission agenda for this week’s meeting.
  4. David Siegel confirmed purchase of Orlando Predators. The time-share mogul says he’ll move the team back to the Amway Center for their games.
  5. Sale of Valencia College’s historic downtown building closed. The building on Orange Ave and Church St was sold to Nunziata Holdings. They say they want to add retail on the first floor.
  6. Orlando City sells nearly 7,500 season tickets for their first MLS season. They except to cap season ticket sales at 14,000.
  7. Coyotes are continuing to cause problems in the Bungalow districts. The coyotes are killing cats in some areas and based on the comments have been spotted all around our area.
  8. Forbidden City Chinese Restaurant in Mills 50 to Close. We told you back in January about the sale of the building and now the restaurant will be closing by November.
  9. Nora’s Sugar Shack to Open in Ivanhoe Village. After closing her previous location back in April, she’s now ready to open her new shop in the same district.
  10. In bar review world…Orlando Weekly stops by Schumann’s Jager Haus on Church StreetOrlando Culture Shock grabs a drink at Ollie’s Public House in College Park and The Pulse of Orlando doesn’t love the Lucky Lure in Ivanhoe Village

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Orange Ave to be closed for three weeks begining this weekend

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The City of Orlando will close South Orange Avenue between Anderson St and South St from July 19 to August, 10 [GMap].

This is the stretch of road in-between the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and City Commons Plaza near City Hall.

The right turn lane on eastbound South St onto southbound Orange Ave (coming from Boone Ave) will also be closed.

Detours will be posted and include taking Central Ave or South St to Division Ave and then back Orange Ave on either Anderson St or Gore St.

The road closure is to allow the City to make improvements to Orange Ave to coincide with the opening of the Dr Phillips Center and the CNL Arts Plaza. The goal is to create a seamless transition between CNL Arts Plaza and City Commons Plaza.

Click here for overview of these changes from when we first told you about the closure in June.

Here’s a look at map with the suggested detours: Continue Reading →

Event Picks: SunRail Crawl, Artisan Cheese Workshop, Southern Fried Sunday & More

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.

Friday, July 18

July Conductor Crawl

July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us as we start the night at Cafe Red (across from 55 West) and then make our way to Winter Park to have a few at Luma’s expansive bar. We’ll cruise back downtown and the evening at Harry Buffalo’s. There’s no fee to participate, but to ride SunRail – it will cost $3.75 round trip. Find out more »

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Third Thursdays downtown get even better with Taste of Church Street

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We’re already big fans of heading downtown on the third Thursday each month.

Already the third Thursday was the day for the Downtown Arts District Third Thursday Gallery Hop and for Orlando Tech’s Tech Meetup but now it’s getting even better with the Taste of Church Street.

Each third thursday the Church Street District will have their various restaurants and bars offering free drinks and $1 & $2 “micro menus”.

The event starts at 5:00 p.m. and runs to 10:00 p.m.

Here’s a look a the participating venues and the deals for some of them: Continue Reading →

House of the Day: Wellesley Condo Unit 1404

2305 Edgewater Dr Unit 1404
College Park
1 bedroom/1 bathroom
914 square feet
$213,000
Agent: Karick Price

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SPONSORED: Today’s House of the Day is a condo in the established Wellesley Condominium of College Park. This fourth floor condominium residence offers new beautiful hardwood floors, new premium custom window shades, gourmet kitchen with a breakfast bar, granite counter tops and top of the line appliances. The condo is designer decorated with crown molding throughout and 9.4′ ceilings. The master suite has two custom closets. An outdoor kitchen includes a built-in gas grill. Each room features French doors with access to the terrace with a southern exposure. Condo amenities include 24 hour fitness center, community concierge (7 days 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.) with well appointed club room and rooftop pool. Need a second Bedroom occasionally? The Davidson Suite (1/1) is available for guest lodging. This custom residence also includes 1 deeded, secured parking space (same floor) in the garage. And the best amenity may very well be the location in the heart of College Park. Click here for the complete listing or contact Karick Price via E-mail or at 321-689-8554 to view this house.

Here’s a look at some more photos of  2305 Edgewater Dr Unit 1404: Continue Reading →

Ask Bungalower: Are There Really Coyotes in our Neighborhood Killing Cats

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A reader wrote in the  ask us:

I’ve been hearing from residents that some cats have been killed because of coyotes, we live in College park are there really coyotes in our neighborhood?!

It turns out her neighbors are most likely telling the truth. We’ve seen some reports recently of coyotes in the Bungalow Districts and of the coyotes killing cats and small dogs.

The photo above is of a coyote at the Greenwood Cemetery in the Lake Davis/Greenwood neighborhood.

We spoke with Greg Workman from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission who told Bungalower “coyotes being in Orlando or downtown is not unheard of.”

It turns out that while a 1990 report showed they were limited mostly to northern Florida with only occasional sightings in our area, it appears they have now spread more rapidly into the Orlando area.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission does not track/count coyotes in the state but they did receive over 100 nuisance calls last year regarding coyotes in the 12 county area that makes up our FWC district.

If you take a look at most of the community message boards for neighborhoods in our area you’ll see reports of the coyotes killing cats and sometimes even small dogs.

Coyotes can and do prey on domestic cats and small dogs. The fish and wildlife commission advises:

To protect your pets, don’t allow them to roam freely. Most coyote attacks on pets occur either at night or at dusk or dawn. During these times especially, be careful if you’re walking your pet in wooded areas or in heavily foliaged areas where coyotes could hide. Keep your dog close, on a short leash. Keep cats indoors. When cats wander freely, there’s an increased risk of them being attacked by coyotes. Coyotes are also attracted by garbage. Problems can be significantly reduced if residents remove attractants and secure trash.

Have you spotted any in your neighborhood?

Here’s another photo of the coyote at the Greenwood Cemetery. Both photos courtesy Marcia Kazmi. Continue Reading →

Nora’s Sugar Shack to Open in Ivanhoe Village

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When the new owners of Brian’s Restaurant decided to expand, NORA’s was left without a space.

Now Owner Nora Brooker tells Bungalower she is close to opening a new location in Ivanhoe Village.

The new location will be called Nora’s Sugar Shack and is located at 636 Virginia Drive [GMap].

She tells us she plans to have a similar shop to her previous location offering beer, wine and cigars along with an outdoor patio.

Brooker says she hopes to be open by August.