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Qarma Crêpes in Thornton Park moves to UCF

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Bungalower has learned that Qarma Crêpes (Website | Facebook) will be moving from Thornton Park to UCF.

The crêpe restaurant opened back in February at 12 North Summerlin Ave [GMap] in the Thornton Park Central building.

The most unusual part of their business is that they were giving three percent of each sale to charity.

Owner Yanis Rock told Bungalower they didn’t want to make the move but that “The volume of people necessary to give it a go just isn’t there.”

He says they have an opportunity to try to make it work at a location by UCF and that’ exactly what he’s going to do.




Video: City hangs historic downtown Christmas star

Over the weekend the city hung the historic downtown Christmas star over Orange Ave.

Wilson Reed, who operated Dickson & Ives at the corner of Central Blvd and Orange Ave, first hung the star in 1953. When his store was sold in 1958, the star vanished.

In 1984, Jack Kazanzas led the effort to replace the star and return the favorite decoration to Orange Avenue.

Here’s a video from the city with more details on the history of the star:

Mingos in Thornton Park now closed


Mingos in Thornton Park is now closed.

Mingos was located at 100 S Eola Dr [GMap] in the South Eola neighborhood of the Thornton Park District.

The restaurant owner Nikesh Patel has been facing legal troubles.

A judge appointed a third-party to oversee business operations. The judge also order other assets including real estate to be sold.

According to Scott Joseph the UCF Mingos location remains open as of right now and may change names.

The Mingos Facebook page had the following message posted last week:

Friends, we regret to inform you that due to an inability to reach an agreement in lease negotiations within a timely manner, we will be closing Mingos Orlando at its current location. Don’t worry, we’ll eagerly announce a new location, soon! Thank you all for you continued support.

Top ten things you need to know this week, November 24, 2014

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

  1. Orlando Citrus Bowl opens in time for Florida Classic. The reconstruction of the Orlando Citrus bowl is almost complete. The Citrus Bowl has been undergoing a reconstruction of 90% of the stadium. It was open this past weekend for the Florida Classic and will be 100% complete in time for the upcoming bowl games.
  2. Bike share to start at four locations next month, 20 by spring. Bike share will finally get off the ground but with just four stations downtown. The other sixteen will follow in the spring.
  3. Two major sporting announcements last week. The NCAA tournament is returning to Amway Center in 2017 and FSU, Ole Miss to open new Orlando Citrus Bowl series of kickoff games.
  4. Orlando Magic to pay $3M to move homeless shelter to make room for $200M complex. The move will allow the Magic to use the entire block for their new entertainment complex.
  5. City approves historic sign restoration for Cameo Theater Building in Mills 50. The new sign will go on top of the building that is currently occupied by Snap! Space. It will look very similar to the way the sign looked in the 1940’s.
  6. Orlando International suit wants Uber drivers off airport property. Orlando International Airport is suing Uber, ordering its drivers to stay off its property and seeking $150,000 in damages because the ride-sharing company isn’t paying any fees.
  7. Orlando opens first dog park. The City now has an off-leash dog park. The Park of the Americas has two large fenced in dog areas; one for small dogs, one for large dogs.
  8. Orange to add four K-8 schools in four years. The school board has accelerated plans to open a new K-8 school in Audubon Park to 2017 and a K-8 that would combine Lake Como and Kaley elementaries to 2018.
  9. Sentinel’s Heather McPherson says Pig Floyd’s is ‘Cue with sass and sizzle and that it fits Mills 50 to a T.
  10. Scott Joseph stops by the World of Beer Downtown and while he would have preferred something a little more upscale in that location he finds it to be a pleasant addition to the area.

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Event Picks: Festival of Trees, I and You, Bach Festival and Ballet performance, A Christmas Story 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.


Festival of Trees

Recurring Event (See all)
Orlando Museum of Art,

2416 N Mills Ave.

Now in its 28th year, the Council of 101’s Festival of Trees will kick off Central Florida’s holiday season with a touch of tradition “Tis the Season.” The Orlando Museum of Art will become a vibrant wonderland of holiday elegance with designer decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread creations all for sale, along with stunning holiday vignettes, drawings for dazzling prizes and a Toyland Town activity area and shop for the children. Find out more »

Friday, November 21, 2014

I and You

November 21 @ 8:00 pm9:30 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)
Mad Cow Theatre,

54 West Church Street

A high school project is the only common ground for two completely unconnected students – chronically ill Caroline and basketball playing, jazz music loving Anthony. I and You is a valentine to youth, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness. Find out more »
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Photo Tour: Orlando opens first dog park this weekend

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This Saturday the City of Orlando will open their first off-leash dog park. The dog park is located inside of the Park of the Americas just east of the Executive Airport [GMap].

The park features separate areas for small and large dogs that allow them to run free within a fenced area.

Dog are permitted on-leash in the rest of the park. In addition to the fenced in dog areas the park has pavilions, picnic tables, grills, large open field and a playground for two to five-year olds.

You can bring your dog out to the ribbon cutting this Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

While the park itself is outside the area we normally cover, we know that the park will be used by many people who live in the bungalow districts.

Here’s a look at the dog park at the Park of the Americas: Continue Reading →

Ivanhoe Village to light Happy Holidays sign at Jingle Eve on Saturday

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The Ivanhoe Village Main Street will host their annual Jingle Eve holiday celebration this Saturday.

As part of the event they will light the Happy Holidays sign on top of the old OUC building at Lake Ivanhoe.

This is the second year the sign is being lit after it was restored.

The Jingle Eve event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with the sign lighting and goes until 11:00 p.m.

The event includes food trucks, beer garden, vendors and artists along Orange Ave and Virginia Ave.

There is also a wine stroll as part of the event. You can purchase tickets for the wine stroll here. Bungalower members will receive a coupon code via e-mail for $5 off.

Photo Tour: Orlando Citrus Bowl opens in time for Florida Classic this weekend

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The Orlando Citrus Bowl officially opened today.

The Citrus Bowl has been undergoing a reconstruction of 90% of the stadium.

Key features of the new Orlando Citrus Bowl include:

  • Capacity of 65,000 for sporting events, 75,000 for non-sporting events
  • More than 41,000 new lower bowl seats, each with chair backs and six more inches of legroom
  • Two wide concourses that connect throughout the whole stadium
  • 20,000-square-foot plaza deck in the north end zone that can be used for concerts or fan party area
  • Multiple large-scale video displays
  • Game day favorite concessions with healthy and gluten-free options
  • New, larger team facilities and locker rooms with dedicated spaces for coaches, equipment, trainers, cheerleaders and officials with an attached media room

While workers were finishing up when we walked through we were assured that the stadium will be ready for this weekend’s Florida Blue Florida Classic game.

The only areas that won’t be ready are the club areas and the kitchens for the two bigger concessions. Those areas will be ready in time for the bowl games.

Here’s a look at the new Orlando Citrus Bowl: Continue Reading →

Tower for Florida Hospital for Women tops out at twelve stories

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The team working on the Florida Hospital for Women at Florida Hospital Orlando celebrated reaching the top height for the building.

We’ve been telling you about the new women’s tower located on the Health Village campus.

The new 12-story, 332-bed hospital is scheduled top open late next year.

The building will house comprehensive services including: obstetrics, maternal fetal medicine (high-risk obstetrics), gynecologic oncology, minimally invasive women’s surgery, neonatal intensive care, digital mammography, women’s cardiovascular, and wellness and education.

As part of the toping out ceremony administrators, employees, and construction workers signed a 30-foot pink support beam to symbolize their commitment to women’s health. A tall tower crane also hoisted a tree wrapped in pink ribbon atop the new tower.

Here’s a photo of the ceremony and what the patient rooms will look like inside the new hospital:

Photos courtesy Florida Hospital

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City approves historic sign restoration for Cameo Theater Building in Mills 50

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The Cameo Theater Building in Mills 50 will once again have the historic bulb style sign on top the of the building.

The Cameo Theater Building located at 1013 E Colonial Dr in Mills 50 currently houses Snap! Space on the first floor and offices above.

The building was built in 1939 as a movie theater and was converted to offices for IBM in the 1950’s. The historic sign was removed.

Current owner Jorge Boone is looking to recreate the original theater signage and “re-establish the identity of the building and to bring a sense of history and place to the area,” according to documents from the City.

The City Council approved a small business façade improvement grant to fabricate and install the sign.

Here’s a look at the plans for the sign:

All images and photos courtesy City of Orlando documents. Continue Reading →