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. Orange commissioners to address same-sex-marriage debate. The gay-rights supporters are hoping the commission will sign a friend of the court brief in support of the lawsuits trying to overturn Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage. The City of Orlando already signed onto the brief.
  2. The Brownstones at Thornton Park break ground. The townhome complex includes 28 high-end units. The units start in the high $500,000’s. Be sure to check out our updated renderings of the project.
  3. New Thornton Park evening farmers market on Wednesday. Every Wednesday evening in the cul-de-sac on Osceola Ave by Lake Eola the Thornton Park District will be hosting a new farmers market called Fresh.
  4. Thousands turn out for annual gay pride events in Orlando. We’ve been telling you about the 10th anniversary of the Orlando Pride events. Over 130,000 people turned out for the parade on Saturday. You can checkout a photo gallery of the event here.
  5. Orlando Museum of Art unveils $8.3M in paintings. The nine paintings are being called the single most important collection of art to come to the museum.
  6. World of Beer to open at Lake Eola in downtown in one week. The long-awaited bar is located in the Post Parkside building at Lake Eola Park. We’ll be back out there this week do post a photo tour of the bar.
  7. Firestone Live changes its name to Venue 578. As the venue on Orange Ave continues to move more from nightclub to concert venue, they have changed their name to reflect these changes.
  8. Woof Gang Bakery to open in Thornton Park. The local chain will open their first location in our area in the old house on the corner of Washington St and Summerlin Ave.
  9. Smashburger to open in Colonial Town. The burger place plans to open across from the Fashion Square mall. Bungalower readers who have visited Smashburger in other cities are excited about the new burger place opening nearby.
  10. Scott Joseph reviewed the recently opened Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa on Mills 50. Overall Joseph like the new barbecue restaurant. Checkout his review to see what he recommends.

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