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

  1. Ace Cafe entertainment and retail complex to open in Downtown Orlando. Be sure to checkout the latest renderings and video flythrough of the new petrol themed complex.
  2. City testing smart meters with pay by phone and credit card. The city received three bids for the new meters and a decision on which to use should be made soon with installation happening by the end of the year.
  3. Bungalower reader starts petition to allow Uber and Lyft to operate in Orlando. The petition has gotten almost 600 more signatures since we first wrote about it last week.
  4. What’s next for Tinker Field? City can’t decide. The City Council delayed  a decision on what parts of the field deserve protection. The field is in the way of the reconstruction of the Citrus Bowl.
  5. New details on apartment complex planned for Fashion Square Mall area. The 250-unit apartment complex will sit along the Cady Way Trail.
  6. Multi-Agency Arson Task Force looks into downtown fires. Since April there have been 16 fires in the downtown area and more in other Central Florida cities.
  7. Mills Park shopping plaza filling up with AT&T, pharmacy and women’s gym. The new shopping center continues to fill up with only a few built out spots left.
  8. Pig strolls daily through downtown Orlando. Meet the pet that’s been making people turn their heads as his owner walks him around the neighborhood.
  9. Cindy’s Cafe opens in Health Village / Ivanhoe Village. The Cuban cafe has moved from their Virginia Ave location to this new location across from the hospital.
  10. Scott Joseph stops in at  Trevi Pasta and Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. And Ricky Ly of Tasty Chomps checks out  Sunday Brunch a Txokos Basque Kitchen.

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