The Orlando Fringe Festival is the longest running fringe festival in the US. The idea is that any artist can apply to perform and the selection is made via a drawing versus a jury.
“It’s really important for the artists because we don’t want any artistic control,” festival GM George Wallace told Bungalower. “We want them to have all of the freedom in the world,” he added.
While you might expect a lottery selection process to result in low quality shows, Wallace said it’s the opposite.
“While sometimes you might see the worst show you’ve ever seen, chances are you’ll also see the best show you’ve ever seen,” he said.
The festival runs from May 14 to 27 in Loch Haven Park and Ivanhoe Village.
“We’re really giving artists the opportunity to produce a show for a very little investment,” Wallace said.
Here are a look at the list of performances that were picked at the lottery. The selection is broken into three groups based on the size of venue for the performance. Continue Reading →
Taste Restaurant in College Park is closed.
The restaurant was located at 717 W Smith St [GMap].
We stopped over today to confirm and while the sign says they are closed for renovation, based on looking inside and talking with neighbors who spoke to the owners, they have clearly moved out and closed.
It appears that the owner may have moved back to Canada.
Now that Taste is closed, what would you like to see in this space? Continue Reading →
Two great local holiday events are happening tonight.
The first is Holiday on the Drive in College Park.
This annual event takes place on Edgewater Drive. They close down the street and fill it with vendors and activities for families including train rides, face painting, a photo booth, petting zoo and pony rides.
The event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. They will be lighting the Christmas tree at 6:00 p.m. in Albert Park.
Also happening tonight will be the first in a series of holiday movies at Lake Eola Park.
At 7:00 p.m. tonight the city will be playing A Christmas Story at the amphitheater at Lake Eola.
We’ll continue posting the best holiday events throughout the rest of the month. But you can check out the complete Orlando holiday events calendar here.
This residence is a modern interpretation of early Florida cracker style Architecture located in the heart of the downtown Orlando Historic District. Elevated off of the ground, enabling the passage of air beneath the structure, the house employs passive cooling technologies & efficient placement of the building’s systems.
Visitors are greeted w/ a 35′ wide stone porch flanked w/ gas lanterns. Heavy Douglas Fir timber posts support exposed steel beam & wood roof members resulting in a clear expression of materials & components that make up the home. Inside, the dormered ceiling soars to 27′ w/ a high transom window flooding the interior space w/ natural light. A 25′ tall stone wall provides the backdrop for a magnificent floating steel & glass staircase.
The natural ceiling, composed of heavy wood rafters along w/ the oak hardwood floors completes a sense spaciousness & comfort to the interior. The great room is flanked by a spacious chef’s island kitchen, connoisseur’s hidden wine rack & commercial appliances opening to rear porch & summer kitchen. Top level roof deck offers additional 1200 SF of living area w/ panoramic city skyline views, hot tub & seating areas.
The private 2 BR guest apt. is situated above the 3-car detached garage. Maintaining the historic character of the district through its proportion & use of natural materials, the expression of construction & connection details along w/ the controlled integration of natural light results in a very modern home.
The home was listed for sale for seven months earlier this year for the same price. It was taken off the market in July.
We told you back in August that the cruises only building would be getting a major rehab and the rehab is well underway.
The five-story office building on 1011 East Colonial Dr. [GMap] known to most as the Cruises Only building was purchased by Grabhorn Properties in December of 2012.
In the photo above you can see a whole being knocked into the wall facing Colonial Drive to add new windows which can be seen in the updated renderings.
The renovation includes gutting out the entire interior, a new roof and HVAC system, a completely renovated elevator and entrance lobby, and a brand new facade.
Once completed the first floor will be retail, the second floor will possibly be a restaurant, while the third through fifth floors will be office space of approximately 6,000 rentable square feet each.
Floor plans and leasing info is available on their website.
This afternoon Mayor Buddy Dyer will officially open and dedicate the City’s newest public park in honor of City employee Kevin R. Tyjeski who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year.
The park is located at the new Sky House Apartments Corner of North Magnolia Avenue and Livingston Street in Downtown.
Tyjeski spent most of his 18 year career with the City of Orlando as a planner. You can read more about him here.
The park area was sold to the city by the developer of SkyHouse for $10.
The opening was timed with the grand opening of the SkyHouse apartments. You can flip through a photo tour of the SkyHouse Apartments here.
Here’s a look at some photos of the park: Continue Reading →
St. Matthews Tavern opened this past weekend for church services and will open this weekend as a bar.
The bar is located at 1300 N Mills Ave [GMap] in the former Paradise bar space.
The bar features a tavern style theme mixed with church pews. The church pews will get their use as they bar will be hosting St. Dorothy Catholic Community (Website) who will be celebrating Mass there every Sunday at 11am and will be having a midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
Owner Matt Fassl told Bungalower that it was important to open to god first. The bar will still be open on Sundays just after mass.
The official opening will be this Sunday (after mass) but you can also grab a drink on Saturday as part of the Twelve Nights of Christmas Pub Crawl.
Fassl said he plans to continue working on building out the space to eventually add in the Orlando Beer Garden concept and fix up the exterior but he wants to open the bar area first.
St. Matthew’s Tavern will be open Monday through Friday 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Here’s a look inside St. Matthew’s Tavern: Continue Reading →
The building is located at 335 North Magnolia Ave [GMap]. In addition to the 320 apartment units, the building will also have ground floor retail.
Apartment amenities include:
- 360 degree infinity edge saline pool
- Poolside lounge
- Clubroom with billiards, catering kitchen, flat screen TVs and a complimentary coffee bar
- 24-hour fitness center
- Terrace with fireplaces, grills and outdoor seating
- Pet friendly
- Free parking space
Each apartment has:
- Floor-to-ceiling windows
- Private balconies
- Stainless steel appliances
- Hardwood flooring in living rooms
Rental rates start at $1155 for the studio, $1200 for the one bedroom, $1765 for the two bedroom and $2175 for the three bedroom.
Riverstone Residential Group has been pre-leasing the apartments. So far they are 10 percent occupied and 26 percent pre-leased.
Here’s a look inside SkyHouse including the common spaces, a 1-bedroom and a studio: Continue Reading →
The shop is located in the first floor under the movie theater.
The shop features 26 made from scratch sandwiches made with fresh local ingredients.
Starting next week they will also be open for breakfast.
Metlz’s hours at that point will be Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m, and Saturday noon to 2:30 a.m.
You can take a look at the Menu for Meltz here.
Here’s a look inside the new shop:
Demolition of the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium will begin at the end January following Monster Jam.
Pre-construction work is already underway on the new Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.
The Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium reconstruction will cost just under $200 million and will be approximately 80% new. The main part being kept from the existing stadium is the 300 level seats.
“Among the reconstruction highlights will be a new exterior look and entry points, 360-degree main concourse, lower bowl seating, club level seating, fan decks, suites, video displays, vertical transportation along with enhanced team facilities and operations areas,” Allen Johnson, Executive Director of Orlando Venues told Bungalower.
The final stadium will have 56,000 seats with an ability to increase to 65,000 seats with temporary seating.
The goal is to keep the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium competitive with other football stadiums across the county to continue to host the existing game and events but also increase the amount and size of events.
“The reconstruction of the Florida Citrus Bowl stadium is vitally important to the Central Florida region because it will allow us to remain competitive with our outstanding annual games – the Capital One Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl and the Florida Classic – while attracting new high-profile events like neutral site college football games, NFL pre-season match-ups and concerts. Each of these events have a tremendous economic impact on our region,” Johnson said.
The estimated final completion is April 2015 but the Venues team is working so that there is little to no interruption from a scheduling stand point of the key annual events that take place in the Citrus Bowl.
“We have an extremely tight construction window but we’re anticipating 95% completion by mid-November 2014, just in time for next year’s Florida Classic,” Johnson said.
We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the construction on Bungalower.com.
Here’s a look at some of the current renderings for the reconstruction including seating plans (click on image to open larger image):