Chew on this, Orlando.
🇹🇭 Let’s start with the best news first: Bangrak Street Kitchen, arguably Orlando’s most popular pop-up, is back in town and will be selling the goods (Khao Soi included) this Friday at Redlight Redlight starting at 8 p.m. Unfortunately, the popular Thai food pop-up is not permanent (wouldn’t that be lovely?!), but word on the street is that you can expect good news from them between now and late August at least. (Orlando Sentinel)
🎉 Those extra outdoor picnic tables in Thornton Park are here to stay, or for at least three more years. The City of Orlando voted Monday to keep the popular pandemic parklet pilot program in place (say that three times fast), allowing more outdoor seating and dining options for Orlandoans. (Fox35)
- Related: The city is still debating whether to keep other outdoor dining options that popped up during the pandemic and are giving business owners the opportunity to extend certain permits after the Aug. 1 expiration date. Wanna expand your outdoor operations long-term? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 30. (Orlando Weekly, Bungalower)
🍽 Rusteak has opened in a new location downtown. The former College Park eatery made moves to Thornton Park and soft-opened over the weekend in the former Menagerie space, joining its sister bar Broken Cage and restaurant Stubborn Mule on the Eola Drive block. You can snag a table at its first dinner service tomorrow night by making a reservation here. (Orlando Weekly, Bungalower)
🇵🇭 Jollibee has been teasing an imminent opening date via billboards near its upcoming UCF-area location. The popular Filipino fast-food restaurant posted that it’s coming soon to the old Chuan Lu Garden space and is currently hiring at https://harri.com/jborlando. (Orlando Weekly)
🌭 Portillo’s is celebrating National Hot Dog Week with a cute pup photo contest. To enter, just tag a photo of your pup looking extra dapper and using the hashtag #portilloshotdog or @portilloshotdog, and you could win swag for your four-legged companion (or maybe three-legged, hey, we don’t discriminate) and a $50 gift card to the famous hot dog spot. (Portillo’s)
- Speaking of hot dogs, pretty sure this video Kayla O’Brien made for us in 2019 was the first one of ours to go viral and the subject was delicious: How many times have you waited in line for an Old Reliable or the El Boricua from The Vegan Hot Dog Cart?
Editor's Note: On Wednesdays, we typically take the time to introduce you to someone or some business to know in the food and beverage industry that's leaving their mark on Orlando. Please accept my apologies for not having an interview ready for you today. With that said, got someone I should talk to? Slide into my inbox. And in the meantime, head here to read our "Did You Eat Yet?" series sit-downs with local foodies like Chef AJ Haines from Mason Jar Provisions, Papa Wu from V.L.C. Vegan Eatery, and Faye Albanna of @fayespov.