UPDATED October 22, 2013: Kasa will officially open November 14. We’ve includes a press release with more information.

Kasa Tapas and Raw Bar is planning to open in the Chase Plaza in Downtown Orlando.

The restaurant will occupy the space that was formerly Urban Flats at 189 S Orange Ave [GMap].

The Kasa Facebook page describes the concept as “A global small plates – modern restaurant.”

Some of the menu items they have been showcasing on social media include mojo Cuban spare ribs, cod baccala bites, chef’s charcuterie plate, pan seared salmon, lobster deviled eggs, tuna tostones and cheeto fried yuca.

The chef listed on the Facebook page is Chef Josh Lyons. Lyons was a finalist on Food Network Star season 8.

We haven’t been able to get ahold of anyone at Kasa. They are a part of the Bento Group. The Bento group also runs Bento, Mochi Frozen Yogurt and Avenue Gastropub. They also manage two other concepts in Gainesville and three night clubs (two in Orlando and one in Gainesville).

We’ll keep you posted on their progress and when they open.

Here is a press release they sent out on October 22:

Beginning November 14, onlookers on Orange Avenue will finally be able to step inside and experience the highly-anticipated, original dining concept “Kasa Tapas & Raw Bar” from The Bento Group.  Featuring a creative and delectable menu comprised of small plates with global influences and a raw bar with fresh oysters and seafood, Kasa serves up a truly exciting and innovative dining experience pioneered by Executive Chef Sean Kaplan and “Food Network Star” alum Josh Lyons.  Open for lunch, dinner, drinks and brunch coming soon, Kasa will raise the bar in the Downtown Orlando dining scene combining exceptional service in a cool, comfortable and contemporary atmosphere with a memorable meal that satisfies all the senses.

“We are extremely excited about the official opening of Kasa next month,” says Co-Owners of The Bento Group David Yu, Jimmy Tung and Johnny Tung.  “Kasa is the culmination of months and months of development and thought into creating and offering something really different and memorable that the Downtown dining scene has been craving.  From our original menu packed with incredible flavor combinations to our delicious drinks and relaxing, modern atmosphere, we are proud to open Kasa’s doors for everyone to enjoy, experience and return to time and time again.”

Kasa is The Bento Group’s first full higher-end casual dine-in restaurant.  Originating in Gainesville, FL with concepts also in Orlando and Jacksonville, The Bento Group focuses on restaurants, hospitality and nightlife concepts and is now comprised of Bento Café, Hiro Asian Sandwich Bistro, SushiChao, Simon’s Nightclub, My Mochi Frozen Yogurt, VAiN Nightclub, Avenue Gastrobar and Ghost Bar and Lounge.

Kasa opens to the public November 14 at 8pm.  Starting November 15, Kasa will be open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks from 11am to late-night.  Restaurant guests are welcome to dine, drink and relax inside Kasa’s modern tranquil atmosphere or enjoy the extended outdoor patio space, which will feature many special events in the coming year.  Kasa is located at 183 S. Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando.  For more information, call 407-985-5272 and visit www.kasatapas.com and www.bento-group.com.

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