Here at Bungalower, we regularly cover the “Comings and Goings” of local businesses in our coverage area in downtown Orlando and Winter Park’s “bungalow neighborhoods” and 2021 kept us pretty busy, and thankfully, we had a lot more openings than closings this year.

To see a roundup of notable closings, click HERE.

30. “Deadwords Brewing opening on OBT this week

“Deadwords Brewing, a brewpub we first wrote about back in 2019, is finally set to open in Parramore on December 17 at 4 p.m. The 15 BBL brewery was built out in the former Al’s Army Store at 23 N. Orange Blossom Trail and will feature a rotating selection of house […]”CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE

29. “Jam Hot Chicken now in soft-open phase

“Jam Hot Chicken is finally ready to open in Winter Park. The long-time pop-up has been serving up their take on Nashville and LA-inspired hot chicken sandwiches for years in the Orlando area but they have just finalized a retrofit of the former Sausage Shack in Hannibal Square at 400 W. New England […]”CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE

28. “Fieri chicken concept opening this week

“Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy fast food concept is scheduled to open on Thursday, December 2. We told you HERE that the “all-natural, fresh chicken tender” concept would be opening in the former Steak ‘n Shake building at 818 S. Orlando Avenue, next door to Chick-Fil-A and PDQ in Winter Park. It’s why we started calling that stretch […]” CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE

27. “Gnarly Barley announces soft open date for new Ivanhoe Village location

“Sammi-slinging bar and restaurant, The Gnarly Barley, has announced that its new Ivanhoe Village location at 1407 N. Orange Avenue will open, ever so softly, on December 1.   The move from Gnarly Barley’s founding location in Belle Isle was first announced back in March.  “We’ve outgrown our space 3 times over,” the restaurant […]”CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE

26. “Massive new food hall in Ivanhoe Village opens this week

“The long-awaited Hall on the Yard food hall in Ivanhoe Village is scheduled to open on Thursday, November 18 at 11 a.m. We first stood you about the 12,250 SF food hall concept HERE in April 2019 when it was announced that it would house 12 individual food stalls. As of the […]”CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE

25. “Black Rooster Taqueria #2 now open on Curry Ford

Black Rooster Taqueria’s second location in Curry Ford West is in a soft-open phase, as of last Friday. We told you HERE in November 2020 that the popular Mills 50 restaurant would be opening a second location of their scratch-made taco concept at 3097 Curry Ford Road in a former ABC Liquor store with a larger […]”CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE

24. “New Mills 50 self-pour taproom hosting grand opening on November 12

“Pour-it-yourself craft beer venue, Pour Choice Taphouse, will host a grand opening of their new space at 1223 N. Mills Avenue at 2 p.m. Friday, November 12. The new venue features 50 taps of self-serve draft options that guests can access via RFID-enabled bracelets to unlock a rotating selection of domestic, imported, and local […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

23. “Milkhouse now in soft open

“Foxtail’s long-awaited Milkhouse project is now in a soft-open phase in the former home of Beer and Tobacco Outlet, at 201 N. Bumby Avenue in the Milk District. The new bar/eatery/ice cream hall/coffee shop is home to a number of local brands like Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, Bagel Bruno, Ravenous Pig Brewing Co., and a […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

22. “New fried chicken window now open at Whiskey Lou’s

“Itsa Chicken has just opened its new chicken window in the Milk District. We broke the news HERE in August that the popular fried chicken concept had secured a new brick-and-mortar space at longtime Milk District watering hole, Whiskey Lou’s, located at 121 N. Bumby Avenue. The little chicken restaurant will be serving tasty food out of […]” – CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

21. “Light on the Sugar opening new location in Winter Park

“The owners of Light On The Sugar, husband-and-wife team Yixi Qui and Wen Pan, have just announced the opening of a second location this fall. The new bakery will be located at 501 Orlando Avenue in Winter Park, in the same plaza as Bento Asian Kitchen and Sushi, Blaze Pizza, and LA Fitness. The new […]” CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

20. “Eyes on the Street: New restaurant now open in South Eola

“We often get photographs and tips from our Bungalower readers of things that are happening around town, so we have started featuring them on the site in a series called Eyes on the Street, in honor of our favorite urbanist Jane Jacobs. A new Asian eatery has opened […]” CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

19. “First pop-up date set for East End’s new “The Neighbors” concept

“We told you HERE in July that the second floor of East End Market would be transformed into a new restaurant/shopping/pop-up food venue called “The Neighbors,” and the first pop-up dinner concept has already been announced. “Camille” will be a French-Vietnamese-style affair served Chef’s table-style by Chef Tung Phan, who was mentored by Michelin-starred classical […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

18. “Gatlin Hall Brewing set to open this weekend

“We told you HERE in January 2021 that a new food hall /brewery was set to open south of downtown and we are happy to tell you that it is almost ready to open. Pending a final inspection this week, Gatlin Hall Brewing is set to open to the public this weekend (probably […]” CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

17. “New Gatsby-themed club opening on Church Street

“Gatsby on Church is a new Roaring ’20s-themed club that is opening on Church Street this month, with a big to-do planned for later in the month. The new venue promises an ongoing immersive experience with live music and entertainment-themed after The Great Gatsby and the decade in which it was set. An […]” CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

16. “RusTeak owners announce opening of downtown location

“The owners of local restaurants, Broken Cage, and The Stubborn Mule have announced that their new RusTeak location will be opening this weekend at 101 S. Eola Drive. Brian Buttner and Jonathan Canonaco purchased the former Menagerie Eatery and Bar/Muddy Waters space in 2018 with plans to turn it into a new location for […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

15. “Beloved Korean restaurant reopens following devastating fire

“Shin Jung was heavily damaged by a massive fire caused by a freak lightning strike that took roughly 40 firefighters to get under control. At the time of the fire, the general manager, Michael Lee, told Bungalower that it wasn’t likely that the restaurant would reopen, as their insurance company wasn’t likely […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

14. “New Hawaiian-inspired restaurant in Thornton Park opens this week

“The 808 Restaurant is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 23. The new Hawaiian-inspired concept has taken over the former Dexter’s location at 808 E. Washington Street in Thornton Park, and is being helmed by Thornton Park royalty Wendy Connor from The Abbey, and Todd Ulmer of Stardust Lounge and Aku Aku Tiki Lounge. Named after the […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

13. “New Pinery restaurant now open

“A new pineapple-inspired restaurant is ready to open in Ivanhoe Village. The Pinery is a new casual fine dining restaurant on the bottom floor of the$76 million newly-opened Lake House Apartments in Ivanhoe Village (where the penthouse was just rented out for over $12,000 a month). The Pinery was inspired by a […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

12. “New socially-woke coffee shop now open in Winter Park

KOS, short for the Norwegian “Koselig,” is a new coffee shop in Winter Park that opened across from Rollins College this month and it offers something a little bit more than the average java shop. KOS donates 10 percent of its profits to charities marked on their products. They offer goods that […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

11. “The Monroe restaurant opens next week

“Jason and Sue Chin, the brains and talent behind Good Salt Restaurant Group which manages Seito Sushi, The Osprey, and Reyes Mezcaleria, are in the process of opening their latest property; The Monroe. Located on the bottom floor of The Julian Apartments in Parramore’s Creative Village development at 462 N. Terry Avenue, The Monroe […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

10. “Pattie-Lou’s Donuts now open downtown

Pattie-Lou’s Donuts is a new donut shop that has opened in the downtown library parking garage at 139 E. Pine Street. Pattie-Lou’s co-owner Kobina Amoo told Bungalower that while they are in soft-opening they will be serving mini-donuts before scaling up to larger donuts next month following the grand opening. Guests can […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

9. “Big Storm Brewing now open in Amway Center

“Big Storm Brewing Co. is now open on the bottom floor of the Amway Center in downtown Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood. Big Storm Brewing is an award-winning craft brewery with locations in Pasco, Clearwater, and Cape Coral that signed a lease for a restaurant space in the Amway Center back in June 2020. Operating hours had […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

8. “New wine shop open in Baldwin Park live-work unit

“Golden Hour Wine is a new woman-owned wine shop that opened last week in Baldwin Park. The shop, which is open 2-8 p.m. Thursday through Monday, is located at 1560 Lake Baldwin Lane, just off the Main Street, in a live-work unit. A live-work unit is a space that traditionally combines […]” CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

7. “Bites and Bubbles moving to Mills Park

“We told you in October 2020 that Bites and Bubbles was looking to move out of its Mills 50 home and into something a little bit roomier. Well, they’ve found their new home. According to a post on their social media, Bites and Bubbles will be moving out of their current home at 912 N. Mills […]” CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

6. “New Indian restaurant opening on OBT

“A new Indian restaurant will be opening on OBT next week called Bombay Street Kitchen, focusing on new takes on Indian and international street food. The new restaurant will open two blocks away from Bombay Cafe at 6215 S. Orange Blossom Trail on March 29 at 5 p.m. and will offer full bar […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

5. “New tiki bar opening in former Joysticks space

“A new tiki bar concept by Team Market Group has moved into the space formerly occupied by Joysticks Arcade Lounge, on the second floor of a historic building located at 69 E. Pine Street in downtown Orlando. Aloha Beautiful is being marketed as a “tropical karaoke bar” with multiple spots for […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

4. “New mocktail bar/tearoom now open in Winter Park

“A new kava-focused lounge and tearoom has opened off Park Avenue in Winter Park. Zenva describes itself as a “kava tea lounge and fine art gallery” and specializes in herbal teas, coffee, kava (a beverage made from Piper methysticum, which is native to the Pacific islands), kombucha, and a variety of alcohol-free […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

3. “New Jewish deli opening in Colonialtown

“We originally stated that Deli Desires was moving into the former home of Sanctum Cafe. That is incorrect, they are in fact opening in the same building, but in a different storefront. Also, the matzah ball soup will not be part of the early menu and will be added at a later date. A […]” CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

2. “Taco Bell Cantina finally opening delayed downtown Orlando location

“Taco Bell Cantina is finally opening its delayed downtown Orlando location this week. Located at 1 S. Orange Avenue, in the space that formerly housed Ruby’s Mediterranean, the new 2,475 SF restaurant will feature more “upscale” Taco Bell favorites alongside alcoholic beverages like sangria, wine, beer, and “twisted freezes.” Taco Bell corporate delayed […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

1. “New New York-inspired restaurant coming to Winter Park

“Winter Park is getting a new New York-inspired restaurant just off Park Avenue. The Bridge will be moving into the former home of Proper and Wild at 155 E. Morse Boulevard and specializing in “contemporary American fare.” On Instagram, they state, “From the menu to the ambiance, and everything in between, […]”CLICK TO READ THE ARTICLE

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