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SunRail train tracker provides real-time train arrival information

SunRail Train Tracker

A new feature on the SunRail.com website provide real-time train locations and arrival times for each station.

On the desktop site you can see a map of all the stations along with the current location and direction of all the trains. On the left-hand side of the screen is a list of the stations and the arrival times for the northbound and southbound trains.

On the mobile site you can select either the northbound or southbound tab to see a list of the stations and the arrival time of the next train.

The only confusing part if getting to the complete schedule on the mobile site. Currently, the “Train Schedules” button at the top of the home page takes you to the real-time list which does not provide anything beyond the next train. However, if you go into the main site menu and click “Train Schedule” you can see a nice interactive view of the northbound and southbound train schedules.

You can checkout the real-time train tracker tool by going to SunRail.com.

SunRail schedules are still not included in Google’s trip planning tool on Google Maps. So there is still no easy way to plan out a trip using both Lynx and SunRail.

Here’s a look at the mobile SunRail train tracker and schedule: Continue Reading →

Top ten things you need to know this week for July 28, 2014

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

  1. Some Orange County leaders back gay marriage. While a majority of the Orange County commissioners voiced their support for marriage for same-sex couples, Mayor Teresa Jacobs stated she still felt it wasn’t a local issue.  Commissioner Ted Edwards, who represents the bungalow districts, also passed along the same sentiment via a staff person.
  2. UCF hosting event to talk about downtown campus. The invitation only event would discuss the idea of bringing a college or two to the downtown area in Creative Village. UCF received funding from the state to consider this idea.
  3. The Orlando City Council will vote today to approve a deal that would put the Orlando Predators back at the Amway Center. They’ll also vote to allow the Dr Phillips Center to manage the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center for three years.
  4. Science Center focuses on reinventing itself. The Orlando Science Center is looking to focus more on STEM education and younger children. The Center’s President points out the Orlando is the largest city without a children’s museum, which would focus on children under seven.
  5. Pollack Shores Holds a Design-Update Meeting for The Princeton. The project that we told you about early in the summer continues to hold meetings in College Park to get input from residents.
  6. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill opens in Mills 50. The upscale casual chain restaurant opened in the Market at Mills Park development.
  7. Green Day Cafe to open in North Quarter. The eco-friendly restaurant will open in the former Virgin Olive market space.
  8. Kappo Japanese shop opens in East End Market. The Japanese shop is the latest vendor to open in the market.
  9. Funky Monkey in Mills 50 to add favorites from Nick’s Italian Kitchen. Nick’s may have closed down in the Thornton Park District but their menu lives on at Funky Monkey.
  10. Scott Joseph takes a look at the new Mills Brewpub & Eatery in Mills 50. Overall he enjoyed to food, service and updated decor.

This is the last week to join and get the August Bungalower Bundle. Get a $10 gift certificate to Txokos Basque Kitchen at East End Market along with a free mini-pie at P is for Pie Bakeshop, free manicure at Beauty on the Spot Spa and a free drink at Mills Brewpub. Join today for just $9.95/month and 100% of your membership supports Bungalower! Click here to learn more >>

Event Picks: Critical Mass Bike Ride, Wipeout, Pet Memorial, Yoga at Lake Eola 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, July 25

Orlando Critical Mass Bike Ride

July 25 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Critical Mass is a casual bike ride starting from Downtown Orlando and going wherever. Cars rule the road every day, but one day a month we get together to celebrate our love for bicycles and have fun riding our bikes. This is generally a slow-paced ride where persons of all skill levels can participate. People start gathering around 5:30 and we roll out around 6:00 pm. We’re usually at our final location between 8:00p.m.to 9:30p.m. in cities across the globe. Find out more »

Saturday, July 26

2014 Lake Conway Wipeout

July 26 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
A wipeout style obstacle course is set up at Lake Conway all to raise money for leukemia research. Last year they raised $10,000 for Leukemia research and they are looking to double that amount this year. Find out more »

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#TBT: Wildside in College Park Closes

Now that we’ve got a years worth of posts behind us, we’ll be doing a regular throwback Thursday post to update or showcase a post from a year ago.

A year ago this week WildSide in College Park closed with the promise of a new restaurant Hangar. Well Hangar did open but it also closed after only nine months. That space is still sitting empty but we’re hearing there may be a wine bar headed in there.

WildSide in College Park Closing on Saturday

WildSide BBQ on Edgewater Drive in College Park is closing on Saturday. According to a sign posted in their window, they will re-open the following Tuesday. A waitress at WildSide told us the new name will be “Hangar.” Scott Joseph is reporting on his blog that a new menu is expected and it will include some WildSide …

One year of Bungalower and building stronger cities

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One year ago today we posted our first story on Bungalower. At the time, I was just testing the concept for Bungalower. Wondering if there would be enough to cover in the area to keep the website alive. After sharing with a couple of friends, I started noticing traffic on the site. Very quickly I realized the site was no longer just a proof of concept, it was already a main source of news for the people who had found our site.

I still didn’t know if Orlando was ready for a site like Bungalower. Most of the sites like ours exist in larger cities like Chicago, San Francisco or Baltimore. Orlando was more than ready. More people read Bungalower every month than live in the area we cover. That’s because  even people who don’t live directly in the bungalow district want to be engaged with our city.

Bungalower focuses on building strong cities. We do that by connecting people with their city. It’s our hope that our local news website does just that. Our focus on news that you care about in the bungalow districts helps to keep you informed about what’s happening in your city. Our paid members are telling us that the Bungalower Bundle gets them out of their house and engaging with our city by try the great places in our area while supporting the work of Bungalower.

We hope that our passion for building a stronger city comes through in what we do every day. We don’t write stories or headlines to get you to click to our site but instead we write stories to get you to come back tomorrow. And we appreciate you doing just that. It’s been an honor in just a year to become an habitual part of our readers life.

We’re excited to take our mission further over the next year as we focus on providing increased opportunities to connect you with our city.

If you haven’t done so already please consider becoming a paid member where we’ll send you our monthly Bungalower Bundle and 100% of the membership goes to support Bungalower. Click here to learn more >>

First year of Bungalower:

  • 700 articles about news in the bungalow district
  • Over 150 members signed up to get the Bungalower Bundle
  • Over 7,000 comments on our stories
  • 3,800 fans on Facebook
  • Over 5,500 events in our events calendar
  • Over 1,300 people get our newsletter and more than half read each one
  • We’ve taken over 5,000 photos in the bungalow districts

Thanks for a great first year…we’ll be having a party to celebrate soon (get the newsletter to get an invite)!

August Bungalower Bundle: Txokos Basque Kitchen at East End Market

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This month’s featured restaurant is Txokos Basque Kitchen (Website | Facebook).

The restaurant opened at the East End Market last March in the Audubon Park Garden District.

In addition to over $30 in other deals, Bungalower Members will get a $10 gift certificate in their August Bungalower Bundle.

Join by July 31 to get the August Bungalower Bundle.

The restaurant serves a seasonal Basque menu driven by East End Market’s vegetable garden, local, sustainable seafood and many talented Florida farmers.

The name itself means an underground gastronomic society of people who come together to eat, drink, socialize and experiment with new ways of cooking.

The owners have a big following in the area because they also own the Spanish River Grill Bistro Latino in New Smyrna Beach.

Since opening they’ve been evolving their management team. The latest addition being General Manager Brett Watson who came over from Ravenous Pig and Cask and Larder.

The menu is full of a unique selection of small pates or Pintxos

There is a Gin & Tonic menu, crafted cocktails, beer, all-Spanish wine list and a weekday Pintxos Happy Hour.

The restaurant offers sit down service, with a seated bar as well as an asador bar. Continue Reading →

Kappo Japanese shop opens in East End Market

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Japanese shop Kappo (Website | Facebook) is now open in East End Market.

The shop has been testing out different portions of the menu over the past couple weeks including their desserts (Koala Mama ) and sushi (Makimono) and Onigiri.

This week they’ll be adding a lunch box option similar to a bento box and regular noodle dishes.

The name Kappo comes from the Japanese dining style where patrons are served at the counter and the food is made in front of the guest.

They are sourcing some of their ingredients from the East End Market where they have already begun planting Japanese vegetables.

Owner Jennifer Banagale told Bungalower they will be working with as many local farmers as possible.

“Even though we are Japanese cuisine we are trying to deal with local farmers. It’s a challenge working in Orlando, but that’s also the fun part,” she said.

They’ll be focusing on a small select menu with a variety of styles of food.

Their complete menu will be available starting with their grand opening on August 10.

 

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill opens in the Market at Mills Park

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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill (Website | Facebook) opened this week at the Market at Mills Park in the Mills 50 District.

Firebirds is an American restaurant chain based in Charlotte, NC. This is their first Florida location.

They describe the restaurant as a “classic American restaurant known for its authentic wood fired entrees infused with bold flavors, fresh herbs and spices.”

We stopped in yesterday and from a chain perspective, we’d put it on par with CRAVE or Carmel Cafe. They call it a “polished casual” restaurant.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and features a selection of steaks, seafood, chicken and ribs.

Their signature items include Firebirds BLT Salad, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Chile Rubbed Delmonico, Wood Grilled Salmon, Lobster Spinach Queso and Creme Brulée Cheesecake.

From a price perspective, you can expect to spend $11-16 for a sandwich or burger and $18-30 for an entrée.

They feature a happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Their patio is still under construction but should be open next week.

Firebirds in Mills 50 is open from Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Here’s a look inside the new Firebirds at Mills Park: Continue Reading →

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.