New restaurants, cafes, bars opening at rapid pace in downtown Orlando

At least a dozen new restaurants, cafes, and bars are open or nearing completion all around downtown Orlando.

This month, 4Rivers Smokehouse celebrated the grand opening of its new restaurant in South Downtown (SoDo), and Huey Magoo’s opened its doors at 310 N. Orange Avenue. Huey Magoo’s opened just a block south of Takumi Ramen, which celebrated its grand opening in downtown Orlando earlier this year.

Takumi Ramen in downtown Orlando 2
Takumi Ramen opened a new restaurant in downtown Orlando this year

Just across the street from Huey Magoo’s, Pups Pub opened downtown’s first dog-friendly bar during the first week of July.

That same weekend, Parlay opened a sports bar in the former Finnhenry’s, right next door to Bell Hop, a new cocktail bar that opened in May.

Bellhop cocktail bar is now open in downtown Orlando

Further south on Orange Avenue at Church Street, 1Up Orlando is nearing completion on its new 80’s themed bar, and High Tide officially replaced Latitudes, which closed after over two decades in rooftop space.

High Tide rooftop bar in downtown Orlando

Another longtime Orlando bar, Cleo’s Lounge at 11 S Court Ave, is being transformed into Taco Kat, which will feature tacos and multiple types of tequila.

Taco Kat will replace the former Cleos Lounge
Taco Kat will replace the former Cleos Lounge

Ding Tea Taiwanese Tea House is currently building out a new space in the Radius Apartment complex, which is located just a few blocks from Double O’s Coffee, a cafe under construction at 106 E Colonial Drive.

Double O's Coffee in downtown Orlando
Double O’s Coffee in downtown Orlando

Double O’s joins Altura Craft Coffee, which is currently building out its first location next to the new Huey Magoo’s.

Near downtown in the Mills 50 district, Plantees opened a vegan burger and shake shop in May.

Plantees vegan burgers and shakes in Mills 50 District
Plantees opened a vegan burgers and shakes restaurant in the Mills 50 District in May

Right down the block, bb.q Chicken East Colonial opened its new Korean fried chicken location earlier this year. The business is located at 1246 E. Colonial Drive and stays open seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

bb.q Chicken Colonial East
bb.q Chicken East Colonial opened at 1246 E. Colonial Drive earlier this year

Multiple other commercial spaces in downtown Orlando are slated for new restaurants and businesses, including the Bumby Arcade. Check back in the coming weeks and months for updates from

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