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🐔 Jam Hot Chicken's got a lot to cluck about and The Hideaway Bar is making moves

Plus, Flavortown is expanding in Orlando and a new boba tea spot is coming to Downtown.

By Katie Johnston

Happy hump day. 

Before we get to our regular Wednesday programming of catching you up on all the need-to-know food and drink news happening around town, here’s your friendly reminder that these four events are happening in our city today, and they might be ones you’d like to attend. 

  • 🚧 10 a.m. The Heart of West Lakes Wellness Center will break ground today at 710 South Tampa Avenue. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 5 City Commissioner Regina I. Hill, and District 6 City Commissioner Bakari F. Burns plan to attend. The $13.5 million facilities will "serve the communities of West Lakes and provide residents access to holistic health, financial, and lifestyle services under one roof as well as a coworking center, community cafe, fitness studio", and more.
  • 🗣 12 p.m. The League of Women Voters is hosting two events today: Check out the LWV-Orange County’s monthly hot topic chat on the “School to Prison Pipeline.” It’s a free event and starts at 12 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook. Here's where to secure your spot.
  • 🌈 1 p.m. Central Florida Foundation is hosting its monthly “Community Conversation” event today, and this month’s focus is a remembrance of the Pulse tragedy that took place nearly five years ago. Members of the LGBTQ+ community will hear from guests Josh Bell of One Orlando Alliance; Barbara Poma, One Pulse Foundation; and Joel Morales of The Center. You can RSVP here.
  • 🎦 6 p.m. The LWV-Seminole County is hosting a free live screening of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”, a film heavy on feminism and human rights. Stick around for the panel discussion after — you'll recognize at least one familiar face in Rep. Anna Eskamani.

Alright, now let's talk about chicken, chicken, boba tea, and more chicken; news about an Orlando staple that has some locals up in arms; an update on where the city stands on proposed sidewalk cafe restrictions; and then we'll wrap with a delicious giveaway and where to eat all the rainbow things this month. Sound good?

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What Orlando is talking about

🐓 Jam Hot Chicken is getting a brick and mortar in Winter Park. The pop-up Nashville hot chicken spot that gained popularity in 2020 signed a new lease on a spot in Hannibal Square and has plans of opening this summer. (Jam Hot Chicken on Instagram)

  • Related: Speaking of chicken, get ready to go to Flavortown. Chicken Guy by Guy Fieri is opening a new location in the former Steak and Shake building in Winter Park. Here's a peek at what it could look like. (Orlando Weekly

🍷 Luisa’s Cellar, the coveted wine spot in Sanford, is closing up shop after four years. The owner said the pandemic has exacerbated her autoimmune disease — in a win, the past year has brought more guests to the location but at the cost of her health. The good news is they’re moving on to open a new spot in Asheville but will continue to host occasional tastings and events in the Sanford location. (Luisa’s Cellar on Instagram

🍵 There’s a new boba tea spot coming to Downtown. Taff Liao, the owner of Jinya Ramen Bar, has franchised the popular Berkeley, California’s RareTea location and hopes to expand its footprints around the City Beautiful. (Orlando Weekly

🍻 The Hideaway Bar will be moving across the street as part of The Yard at Ivanhoe project, and longtime customers aren’t fans of the idea. While some things are changing (it’s a whole new look!), much of the staff will remain the same. They’re hopeful that’s enough to keep you coming back for those delicious wings, burgers, cold beers and patio hangs. (Bungalower)

🍗 Orlando’s got the meats. Miami-based chain Wild Fork is opening a new location in Winter Park in months to come in addition to a spot in Dr. Phillips that’s set to open this month. The meat and seafood market prides itself on its fresh product and methods of using something called blast freezing. (WKMG

📰 Last week, we told you about the City of Orlando’s plans to combat increased crime in the downtown sector. One suggestion included potentially shutting down outdoor dining between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. via sidewalk cafes. While that specific measure has since been walked back, other policy changes are moving forward. (Bungalower)

🗣 Floridians are just a little over two weeks away from no longer being on the receiving end of the weekly pandemic-related $300 federal aid. For current jobless locals, this means that their payments per week will return to $275, the lowest unemployment benefits in the country according to Forbes, post-June 27. Both the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Weekly took a look at what readers had to say about it and “the myth that no one wants to work.” 

  • Related: Meanwhile, The Community Paper shared an op-ed from Nancy Brumbaugh, the vice president of food services at Second Harvest Food Bank, on how the local food bank is helping hospitality workers find jobs.

▶️ Join in on the fun

Where can you find this view? And what is it of? That's the question of the day. (📸: @pulptown)

We’re testing our members’ knowledge of the city this week with a good old-fashioned game of I Spy. Do you know where you can find the image above?

The hint: This can be found near Orlando’s largest sinkhole. 

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Today

☮️ Assume your favorite yoga pose for this outdoor class in the garden (Winter Park)

🌈 Join faith leaders at St. Luke's UMC in a discussion about "Overcoming barriers between the LGBTQ+ and faith communities" (Dr. Phillips/Online)

Tomorrow

🗣Head to Rosen Shingle Creek for the 4th annual Civil Rights Award Ceremony, a yearly event to honor those in the Orlando community who have dedicated their lives to fight for civil rights and equality (Universal

💃 Put your dancing shoes on for "United We Dance", an event to celebrate the resilience of the community through music and dancing as part of the five-year mark of the Pulse tragedy (Downtown)

🎟 Dive in head over heels for this new performance from Orlando Shakes through Sunday (Loch Haven Park)

🍿Pack a blanket and a picnic for "Toy Story 3" in the park (Winter Park)

🗳️ Engage in civil discourse on the topic of gender led by moderator Banks Helfrich (Winter Park/Online)

Friday

🗣Got some teens who could benefit from a support group? Get in line for this virtual chat (Online)

🍽️ Celebrate 28 years of Christner's by visiting the longtime steakhouse and knowing your money is going to a good cause! All proceeds today will benefit Aspire Health Partners to support much-needed prevention, intervention and treatment services for our most vulnerable individuals (Orlando)

🖥️ Get tips for preparing for a job interview from the folks at Goodwill(Online)

Saturday

🛍 Support local makers at this pop-up Father's Day-themed market (Audubon Park)

🛍 Buy local wares from this monthly pop-up market outside of Will's Pub (Mills 50)

💃 Get all gussied up for drag brunch at Island Time — the event's so popular that they made it a two-day affair (Thornton Park)

🍿Grab a friend and head to The Nook for good brews and trashy movies (Milk District)

🔔 Engage in a moment of silence for the 49 bells for 49 souls we lost in a senseless act of violence five years ago (Orlando)

🎶 Celebrate Record Store Day with Swamp Sistas, Beemo, and Ten10 Brewing (Mills 50)

👋 Connect with creatives and learn how to build client relationships at the Small Biz Creative Conference (virtual event, locally-grown) (Online)

🌈 Unite with other Orlandoans at the Dr. Phillips Center to mark the five-year point of the Pulse tragedy (Downtown)

🎶 Head to Will's Pub for a night of hits from the Allman Brothers (Mills 50)

Sunday

🎉 Celebrate Redlight Redlight's sweet 16 with good beers, good food, and great locals (Audubon Park)

🍽 Sample all the tasty international food trucks in one place (South Eola)

🎶 Relax to the Fernwood String Quartet at Timucua Arts Foundation (SoDo)

Monday

☮️ Attend this boss babe meetup and simultaneously learn more about meditation and how to make herbal teas (Winter Park)

🕹 Join FORTMINE, where students ages 7-12 will be immersed in a musical video game (Audubon Park)

🏥 Hear from Jessica Daly, Consumer Health Librarian with Orlando Health, on why men should have yearly checkups and take part in preventative care (online)

One more thing

I found not one, but two, tasty treats for you while scrolling through Instagram this week. 

For starters, this delicious giveaway between @somehowimnotfat and @whatscooking that’s ending today at 6 p.m. The prize? A $100 gift card to the newish Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew at Disney Springs

And number two, thanks to Yelp Orlando, we learned that local foodie influencer Christina O. of Otown Fork is on a mission to find and eat all the rainbow food and drinks around town this month. Follow Christina on her quest over on Instagram.   

‘Til tomorrow, fine folks.

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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