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Top ten things you need to know this week for September 2, 2014

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

  1. Orlando Sentinel property to be developed into apartments, office, retail and hotel. The plans call for two phases of development. The first phase on the south side of the property that the Sentinel no longer uses. The current lease on the building allows the Sentinel to stay for ten years with two five-year renewal options.
  2. Residents create Google map to track coyote sightings. The coyote sightings continue in the bungalow neighborhoods. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission won’t do anything, so residents have started their own tracking.
  3. Orlando Bike Share launches website with pricing and rack locations. The new site includes details on the membership options and a map of the locations they are looking to put the bike racks at.
  4. Mayor Dyer shows off Citrus Bowl Plaza, touts BLUEPRINT success. Mayor Dyer walked the media through the latest on the Citrus Bowl construction. You can see a photo tour of the progress here.
  5. Broken Strings Brewery to open in Ivanhoe Village. The new brewery will be the second to locate along this area of Virgina Drive. The music themed brewery hopes to open later this year.
  6. Two new shops plan to open in the Church Street Exchange building. Downtown CREDO will open a coffee shop in the lobby of the building and Extract Juice Bar and Lounge will open in a retail space facing Pine St.
  7. Cafe Red on Church Street closes for remodeling. We’re not sure what they mean by remodeling but we do know they had been cutting back hours. There’s a chance they will turn it into another Graffiti Junktion.
  8. Our friends at Eat Local Orlando stopped in a Mingo’s Restaurant for Magical Dinning Month.
  9. Hundreds turn out for VetFest USA in Orlando. If you saw a giant dinosaur robot eating cars off I4 in Downtown Orlando this weekend,  it was for the VetFest USA event.
  10. Bar-BQ Sauced: An oral history of Bar-BQ-Bar. The Bar-BQ-Bar is now closed and the Weekly put together a great history of the bar on Orange Ave. The new concept, Old ’64, should be open soon.

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Orlando Sentinel property to be developed into apartments, office, retail and hotel

Orlando Sentinel Development 2b

The Tribune Company plans to develop the two block property where the Orlando Sentinel sits.

According to documents filed with the city, the plan calls for two apartment buildings, two office buildings, two parking garages a hotel and a surface lot.

The two blocks are bordered by Orange Ave, Colonial Drive, Magnolia Ave and Amelia St [GMap].

Concord St splits the property into two blocks. A northern block and a southern block.

According to the plans the project will be broken into two phases.

The first phase includes:

  • A four or five-story apartment building with 318 units and amenity space.
  • A 140,000 square foot office building
  • In those builds will be 28,0000 square feet retail/commercial
  • There is also a 910 space parking garage.

Although not specifically detailed in the plan the entire part of phase one looks to be the southern block.

Phase two is almost an exact mirror of Phase one but includes a 144 room hotel.

The site plan includes a dotted line around the northeast portion of the property. The dotted line states “Existing Printing Facility to Remain.” Despite this designation new buildings are shown instead of this existing facility. Continue Reading →

Event Picks: BART Anniversary, Fashion for our Forces, Pumpkin Beer Release and 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, August 29, 2014

BART 2 Year Anniversary

August 29 @ 5:00 pm - 2:00 am

1205 N Mills Ave
BART is a favorite hangout of ours. It’s a place to enjoy local art, play some classic arcade games and of course drink delicious craft beer. Today they are celebrating their two year anniversary. To show everyone their appreciation they’re throwing a little party. Orange Studio next door has been rented so they can bring in more arcade cabinets and pinball machines. Find out more »

Saturday, August 30 2014

Fashion for Our Forces

August 30 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

100 S. Eola Drive
Fashion For Our Forces is a fashion showcase designed to bring together the Central Florida community, local fashion designers, volunteers and other individuals to help make a difference in the community and for our nation’s military members. Join us for fun, to share ideas, and  to show support for our troops. Following the main event, guest will be invited to stay for the reception where they will be given the chance to meet with the designers, planners, veterans and sponsors…Find out more »

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Grateful Pumpkin Beer Release

August 31 @ 1:00 pm
Orlando Brewing,

1301 Atlanta Ave.
Grateful Pumpkin is our organic spiced pumpkin ale that was first brewed in 2012. Grateful Pumpkin is brewed with the perfect combination roasted, caramel and chocolate barley. The Magnum and Fuggle hops give this beer a slight bite that is quickly followed by a moderately spiced taste. Using organic cinnamon, ginger, allspice, pumpkin pie spice and a touch of pumpkin, we’ve created a beer that will fall into your mouth! Live music performances starting at 3pm by Geekapella. Find out more »
Visit the complete events calendar by clicking on “Events” in our main menu.

Cafe Red on Church Street closes for remodeling

Cafe Red

We’ve noticed that over the past couple of days that Cafe Red has not been open.

Today, when we went over there was a sign posted on the door saying they would be closed for remodeling until October 1.

The restaurant created the same owners as Graffiti Junktion is located at 54 W Church St [GMap]

A quick glance inside and we didn’t see anyone working.

Cafe Red opened last March and had recently cut back on their hours.

It’s not clear if the remodeling means that the restaurant will remain Cafe Red and they will remodel the inside or if they will remodel the entire concept and go with their more popular Graffiti Junktion restaurant at this location.

Click here for our story on their opening including a look at the Cafe Red menu and inside the restaurant. Continue Reading →

Orlando Bike Share launches website with pricing and rack locations

Orlando Bike Share Locations

We’ve been telling you about the Orlando Bike Share program set to launch by the end of this year.

Today, we’re getting our first look at the station locations and membership pricing.

Their new website identifies 21 different bike racks.

Most of the racks are in Downtown Orlando. Outside of Downtown there is one in Mills 50, two in College Park, one in Ivanhoe Village and one in Audubon Park Garden District.

Orlando Bike Share Program Director Peter Martinez tells Bungalower there are other locations in the works, including one at the Florida Hospital/Health Village SunRail station.

At launch he says they expect to have about 200 bikes as part of the program.

According to the site, bike share memberships start at $30/month or $79 for the year. The membership gives you one free hour a day.

Additional time can be rented for $5 an hour. If you’re not a member but want to try it out you can also rent a bike for $5/hour. The max per day charge is $25.

You can also return the bikes to any legal bike rack in the area that isn’t a bike share station for an additional $3 fee.

The Orlando Bike Share program is also out raising money through sponsorships to get the program off the ground. In addition to an overall bike share sponsor, there are also station sponsorships available. The station sponsorships start at just under $5,000.

The program is expected to launch this December.

Click here to visit their website and see the bike rack locations or learn more about sponsorships.

Cityfish adds Sip and Slurp oyster flights to menu


In September Bungalower Members are getting a special treat by getting to try out the newest menu item at Cityfish (Website | Facebook) restaurant in Thornton Park.

The restaurant, that recently remodeled added a new chef and made some menu tweaks/improvements, has added Sip and Slurp oyster flights to their menu.

The flights include three gulf oysters paired with a 2 oz tasting of Goose Island IPA, chilled Bombay gin martini with a twist of lemon, and our house-infused pepper Bloody Mary. The taste of five adds the raspberry jalapeño mimosa and a cucumber martini.

Much like wine, grapes and coffee, an oyster’s flavor can be attributed to “terroir” or environment. Chef Greg Richie says he and his team carefully chose each pairing based on the varying flavors that each cocktail brings out of the oyster.

“We wanted to offer our oyster lovers a new tasting experience. Our Sip and Slurp oyster flight offers Cityfish guests the option to marry oysters with different, but familiar flavor sensations,” Richie told Bungalower.

The flight of three costs $12 and five is $15. Bungalower Members who join before August 31 will get a card for a free three flight in their September Bungalower Bundle.

Click here to learn more and join today.

Here are the tasting notes from Richie: Continue Reading →

Broken Strings Brewery to open in Ivanhoe Village

ROH Construction Building

Broken Strings Brewery plans to open a brewery space in Ivanhoe Village.

The nano brewery would be located at 531 Virginia Drive in the former ROH Construction building [GMap].

The location will include a brew house and taproom.

“[We'll be] focusing on refreshing summer beers for Florida including Saison and Farmhouse ales and delicious winter stouts,” managing partner, Troy Greer told Bungalower.

In addition they will be launching a barreling program to do some ageing of their flagship beers. Greer says head brewer Charles Frizzell will work with craft distilleries in Florida and Tennessee.

Greer along with his business partner Adam Peyrouse signed their lease for the building this week and they plan to open at the end of 2014 or early 2015.

Broken Strings Brewery is the second brewery to announce plans to open along Virginia Drive. 1010 Brewery is working to open soon just down the street.

Residents create Google map to track coyote sightings

Coyote SIghting Map

Some residents have started using Google maps to keep track of coyote sightings.

We’ve been telling you about the recent uptick in coyotes in the bungalow districts.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission does not track/count coyotes in the state so residents have taken it upon themselves to do so.

Right now on the map, there are 15 sightings of coyotes and 15 missing or dead pets.

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.

You can see the latest sightings and add to the map by clicking here.

Downtown CREDO to open coffee shop in Church Street Exchange building


Downtown CREDO plans to open their first downtown location later this year.

At today’s grand opening of the Canvs space in the Church Street Exchange building, Mayor Buddy Dyer announced that Downtown CREDO would also be opening a shop in the building.

“One of the great coffee places in all of Orlando is CREDO,” Dyer said.

The new shop will be located in the lobby of the exchange. Continue Reading →

Petition of the Day: Bring back the beach and swimming area to Lake Ivanhoe

Lake Ivanhoe Beach

Residents have started a petition to bring a swimming area and beach back to Lake Ivanhoe.

Swimming isn’t prohibited on the lake and it’s a popular lake for paddle boarding and other water activities but there isn’t a beach area like there once was at Gaston Edwards Park.

“There used to be access to the waters edge with boats and sunbathers, but the shoreline experienced heavy erosion from the lack of vegetation along the shore and in the littoral zone of the lake,” Cassandra Lafser a spokesperson for the City of Orlando told Bungalower.

While it’s been mentioned as an idea for Project DTO to add a beach in the downtown area and more lakes that people can swim in, she says there aren’t any plans to make any lake in Orlando a swim lake.

One of the issues is that “the quality of lake water is at least partially dependent upon certain vegetation in that same zone,” she said.

If you want to voice your support to add a swimming area and beach back to Lake Ivanhoe, you can sign the petition here.

They currently have 100 signatures.