The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the hosts alone and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Bungalower Media


Learn all about the top headlines, new restaurants, and best-bet events to attend this weekend with Bungalower and the Bus. Hosted each week by Jon Busdeker and Brendan O’Connor.

This week’s episode, our 50th in fact, was recorded at The Harp and Celt in downtown Orlando. Brendan O’Connor was out because he wanted to see his girl-crush, urban designer Candy Chang. Big thank you to Jim Hobart of Macbeth Studio who filled in .


  • 4:25 – The hotel mentioned is the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown (long name).
  • 5:53 – Ted Maines is the owner of Ted Maines Interiors and the President of the Board of Trustees for the Orange County Library System.
  • 6:50 – The venue that Hobart refers to is the Ballroom at Church Street and it will be disappearing as part of the Tremont Tower project (now renamed as Church Street Plaza).
  • 7:50 – Jim Hobart says he hates tacos … which is impossible. We apologize. Also, Marmite isn’t a thing. That’s an alternative fact.
  • 11:10 – Gringos Locos has already opened their new location at 517 E. Michigan Street.
  • 13:00  Jon Busdeker is a French Press coffee bully. People should be allowed to drink whatever they want.
  • 15:06 – Downtown Credo was not allowed to have outside signage due to the nature of the historic building they were located in. They closed their business there to focus on their new Social Entreprise Accelerator program with Rollins College and the Central Florida Foundation.
  • 15:48 – North Quarter Market has a sign out front (And they did when they opened).
  • 22:38 – “I do do the fact checking, which is why I’m doing it now!” Brendan hollered impatiently from his office desk on Saturday evening. But nobody heard him.
  • 27:39 – There are actually four bus routes that run out of Orlando International Airport, two of which go Downtown, one of them goes to SeaWorld, and the other goes to I-Drive and Destination Parkway. The last two routes also stop at the Sand Lake SunRail station which you can get to from LYNX Central Station which is located Downtown – but nothing direct and not an all-night service.
  • 33:29 – There are talks of a new Orlando-based shop opening in the soon-to-be expanded Downtown Information Center. More on that to come.
  • 36:00 – The Christmas tree, a permanent part of Central Park, was damaged by Hurricane Irma. The City of Winter Park needed time to find the perfect replacement and purchased a hi-tech LED light-based art installation to stand in its place for the holidays. The new tree was installed on Friday.
  • 38:55Anna Eskamani is running for Florida State House District 47 and you can see the cover of Time Magazine HERE.


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