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Kona Poké set to open In Lake Mary

242 Wheelhouse Lane
Unit 1230
Lake Mary, FL 32746
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Seminole County’s newest welcomed resident opens its doors officially to the public with a special ribbon cutting and All-Day Discount On Friday, January 25th.

Lake Mary is about to get a whole lot fresher with the highly-anticipated grand opening of Kona Poké on Friday, January 25th. Kona Poké is a healthy, fast-casual food concept that serves fresh and delicious Hawaiian-style poké bowls with fresh sushi-grade fish, house-sauces, vegan, gluten-free and cooked options available.


Guests of the 1,300 square foot restaurant will choose from a variety of Signature Poké Bowls, Build Your Own Bowls, Soup, Salads and Mochi Ice Cream, which they’ll savor inside Kona’s contemporary, inviting restaurant vibe with subtle elements of poké’s Hawaiian heritage.

To commemorate the Grand Opening, Kona Poké will hold a special ribbon cutting at 11am on Friday, January 25th. Plus, from open to close, guests can choose from any poke bowl and a fountain drink for $9.99. Kona will also feature Kona Beer all day for $2.

Kona owners Matthew Ting and Ernie Falco III come with decades combined of restaurant ownership, management and marketing experience. Ting co-owns and operates multiple successful Tijuana Flats locations companywide, and Falco founded and sold several highly successful internet based brands, including JetCharters.com.

“We are elated to finally open our doors and provide the freshest vibe and food around,” says Ting. “It is healthy, yet so extremely satisfying, it’s addictive. With our high-quality raw ingredients, Hawaiian poké techniques and distinctive interior design, we are bringing features from the realm of formal dining to the world of a fast-casual restaurant. The response we’ve received already has been incredible, and we cannot wait to welcome the masses and make Kona everyone’s favorite place to dine and relax.”

Kona plans to open 20+ locations throughout the Southeast over the next several years.

Enjoy Kona Poké starting Friday, January 25 located at 242 Wheelhouse Lane, Unit 1230, Lake Mary, FL 32746. Hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-8pm. For more information, call 407-500-KONA or visit www.konapokébowls.com.

Fun Fact: What is poké? Pronounced POH-keh, poké is cubed raw fish eaten either on its own or over a bowl of sushi rice. While it may seem like a new trend, the Hawaiian dish has been around for centuries.
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MOD Pizza coming to Orlando

11549 Regency Village Drive
Vineland Pointe Shopping Center
Orlando, FL 32821
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BBX Capital – the exclusive MOD Pizza franchisee in Florida - is announcing the grand opening of the first Orlando area MOD Pizza (MOD). 

Located at 11549 Regency Village Drive in the Vineland Pointe shopping center, the newest MOD will open on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

To celebrate, MOD will be offering a free artisan-style pizza to the first 52 guests that attend. After that, 100 percent of all pizza sales on opening day will be donated to Camp Boggy Creek, a Serious Fun Camp, which offers children with serious illnesses & their families a free, safe and medically-sound camp environment.


“MOD has established itself as a leader in the fast-casual pizza category while offering consumers an authentic, affordable and fast dining experience. We are excited to expand our brand further across the state with our first Orlando location,” said Jarett Levan, President of BBX Capital.

“In addition to our delicious pizza and salads, MOD is a purpose-led brand committed to making a positive impact on the lives of our employees, customers and communities. This is done by offering well-paying jobs, career development opportunities, and partnering with local non-profits that support the community. We call it ‘Spreading MODness’ and are excited to bring it to Orlando.”

MOD will be hiring approximately 30 energetic and passionate individuals for the Vineland Pointe location.

MOD’s individual, artisan-style pizzas are made on demand, using fresh-pressed dough and signature sauces. Customers create their own pizzas and salads, using any combination of over 30 featured toppings, or they can choose from a menu of MOD classics.


The price always remains the same regardless of the number of toppings. Pizzas are hand-cooked in just minutes and salads are individually hand-tossed for each customer. The menu is rounded out with handspun milkshakes, house-made lemonades and iced teas, and local craft beers and wine.

The Vineland Pointe location will be open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.

BBX Capital currently operates MOD Pizza Florida locations in Coral Springs, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Kendall, Lutz, Parkland and Pembroke Pines.

To learn more about MOD, please visit www.modpizza.com or watch the MOD Difference Video.
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NYE Extravaganza at Mango's

8126 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 673-4422
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After feverish anticipation, Orlando’s #1 dining, nightlife and entertainment destination Mango’s Tropical Cafe will celebrate the New Year with the official Grand Opening of parking in the adjacent Hollywood Plaza on Monday, December 31.

The $30M, 140’ art deco entertainment complex houses nearly 900 parking spaces and features a rooftop restaurant with 25’ vaulted ceilings and prime retail space on the ground floor.

“The time has finally come to welcome the crowds, tourists and especially locals, who have found parking very difficult in the past… Well, not anymore,” says Wallack. “For the first time since Mango’s Grand Opening, we will have the best parking in all of Orlando, in a spotless parking facility safely next to our doors.” Wallack jokes, “Mango’s three-year soft opening is over.”

Getting serious, Wallack beams, “Mango’s Orlando is the hottest nightclub in the state of Florida, not just Orlando. Tampa, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Tallahassee, we’ll get them all. The party will be so hot in 2019, they’ll come from far and wide. We are the Studio 54 of the 21st Century.”

Hollywood Plaza’s Grand Opening comes right in time to ring in a thrilling New Year at Mango’s “Moulin Rouge NYE 2019 Extravaganza” that evening. “It will be the most dazzling show at Mango’s ever performed!” promises Wallack. “Watching the run-through this week has had my jaw on the floor.”

The show will feature a special 70’s Burlesque Show with classic numbers “Lady Marmalade” and “I’m a Good Girl,” plus the new Brazilian Samba Show, a hot Rock Medley featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and James Brown, the Lady Gaga Tribute, Shakira Belly Dancing Show, the Selena Tribute, the hottest Michael Jackson Tribute in the Country and so much more of Mango’s multi award-winning, Latin-inspired, family-friendly dinner show.

A gourmet three-course dinner on the main floor starts at $150pp, which features Florida lobster tail or filet mignon, with outdoor seating and open bar all night with Latin buffet at $125pp. Door passes for the hottest DJs in Orlando on the main floor and the mysterious Vodou Room are $50.

Starting Wednesday, January 2, 2019, Mango’s will proudly offer even more opportunities for its countless guests to experience unmatched entertainment when Mango’s “Dinner and Show” will debut continuous live stage entertainment Sundays through Wednesdays from 6:15pm-9:45pm. Friday shows will continue at 6pm and 9pm, and Saturdays will now offer three back-to-back shows at 5pm, 7pm and 9:30pm.

“In 2019, we guarantee the hottest weekend nightclub in Florida, the most impressive weeknight themed lounge, bar, drink specials and menus offerings, and the most incredible live stage show entertainment and events for the entire year… and then some,” says Wallack.

“The locals will also love our loyalty program, with extensive drink specials and a very cool, chill weeknight vibe upstairs paired with the hot Latin party downstairs. Mango’s will be going to places in your heart and soul you need to feel.”
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Mooyah Burgers Fries & Shakes To Move Into Hollywood Plaza


8148 International Drive.
Orlando, FL 32819
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Mooyah, owned by seasoned franchisee and Ben & Jerry’s Orlando CEO Tareq Qarman, will move into the 4,200 square foot space formally optioned by Hogan’s Beach Shop and will open in 2019.

The nationwide fast-casual, better burger restaurant serves mouthwatering made-to-order beef, turkey and veggie burgers, all-beef hot dogs, hand-cut French fries, handcrafted shakes made from real ice cream and more delicious cuisine.

“We had identified this opportunity some time ago, thinking Mooyah would excel on I-Drive,” Qarman said. “Mooyah has an outstanding reputation and food quality, and we are taking it further, bringing an exciting video arcade within the space. It will be a real destination for families, friends and parties!”

Qarman also stated he believes this will not be his only Mooyah in Central Florida. Qarman currently operates seven Ben & Jerry’s retail locations, including at Icon 360 on International Drive.

“There are a lot of players in the fast-casual burger space, but we really love Mooyah and their product,” said Joshua Wallack, who with his father David developed Hollywood Plaza and operate Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando, “and unlike many others, they are customizing this space as an entertainment venue.

It is important that guests on I-Drive feel like they are in Orlando and being entertained, and this kinetic design will do that. Burgers, high-quality shakes and arcade games, what more could you want? We have a lot of faith in Tareq as a seasoned operator who knows this market well.”


For more information on Mooyah Burgers, visit https://www.mooyah.com
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American Kitchen Bar & Grill offers a Prix Fixe Menu for NYE

1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-3080
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Monday, December 31, 2018, enjoy a prix-fixe dinner menu from 5:00pm - 10:00pm for $85pp++ and complimentary champagne toast.

The menu includes an amuse of Yukon Gold Potato in a creme fraiche, Mexican Corn with blue lump crab or a FLorida Corn Soup, Dry Aged Certified Angus Prime Rib, or a Crispy Skin Japanese Mero.

Desserts include The Golden Candy Bar a toasted hazelnut + bourbon vanilla nougat and milk chocolate bar with 23k gold, or a Deconstructed Golden Key Lime Pie.

The Bar will be open from 10:00pm - 2:00am afterwards.


You can order these Holiday Cocktails at the bar at American Kitchen, and here are the recipes for you to use at home for you and your guests:

Yam Slammer: Fresh Sweet Potato Juice + Fireball + Rumchata + Martini $12 

Coquito: Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog + Spiced Rum + Coconut Rum $12 (Add Bacardi 151 Rum Float for $3)

Kahlúa Kristmas: Stoli Vanilla + Crème De Menthe Cream Chocolate + Kahlua + Chocolate Drizzle In The Martini Glass Topped With Whip Cream $12

Reservations encouraged by calling 407.827.3080 or directly on open table: https://www.opentable.com/r/american-kitchen-bar-and-grill-at-b-resort-and-spa-lake-buena-vista

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Liam Fitzpatrick's 2018 NYE Block Party

Colonial Town Park
951 Market Promenade Ave.
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 936-3782

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Home of the Biggest Block Parties in North Orlando Marks the New Year with Their Unforgettable Annual NYE Block Party and Legendary Shamrock Drop, Plus Double Celebration Welcoming the Irish New Year With a Special Bonus Toast!

Celebrate the New Year twice! Lake Mary is set to turn into Times Square with an iconic symbol to ring in the New Year as Liam Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant and Irish Pub invite Central Florida to countdown to 2019 at their annual NYE Block Party with Colonial Town Park plaza neighbors Graffiti Junction and Dexter’s of Lake Mary.

Liam’s NYE Block Party will celebrate the New Year at 7pm and again at midnight to ring in the New Year in both Ireland and America. Guests will also enjoy delicious Irish cuisine, drink specials, DJs spinning all night and Liam’s highly-anticipated “Shamrock Drop” countdown outside the plaza.

Visit www.LakeMaryBlockParty.com for General Admission and VIP tickets. Liam’s NYE Block Party also supports Orlando City Youth Soccer, the preeminent youth club in Central Florida, whose core values are player development, parental guidance, coaches education and community outreach.

WHEN: Monday, December 31, 2018 from 8pm to 2am.

WHERE: Liam Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant and Irish Pub, Colonial Town Park, 951 Market Promenade Ave., Suite 1115, Lake Mary, FL 32746.

WHY: Liam Fitzpatrick’s is carrying on the two-hundred-year-old tradition of great Irish pubs while keeping a strong commitment to the Central Florida community with a hearty mix of Irish food favorites and more, an extensive menu of quality beers and spirits, warm and friendly hospitality, great music and conversation, a stellar weekly entertainment lineup and of course its spectacular annual block parties.

For more information, call 407-936-3782 or visit www.liamfitzpatricks.com.
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