Food And Drinks

Changes in Downtown Orlando + New Restaurants + Free Food


Good morning and have a nice Saturday! Welcome to our new patch newsletter for the Orlando area. My name is Carlos Hernandez and I will keep you updated on the latest news in town every morning. Let’s begin.

In this edition you will learn more about moves to downtown Orlando, free food for the needy, Tax vacation, and new restaurants come to Orlando.

Today’s weather: The high is 84 today and the low is 65 with partly cloudy skies.

Today in Orlando:

1) The City of Orlando moved forward a number of nNew guidelines following the recent downtown Orlando shootings that include a noise ordinance and the withdrawal of COVID-19 logs the company allowed to operate on the sidewalks and on the street, earlier restaurant closings, $ 800,000 for police and code enforcement at night, and more. (Orlando Sentinel)

2) The shareholders of the parent company of Orlando Sentinel and Tribune Publishing have approved a sale to Alden Global Capital The deal is expected to close by June 30th. Journalists from affiliated newspapers said the cost-cutting movements would adversely affect coverage of local journalism. (Orlando Sentinel)

3) Fighting families can Get a week’s worth of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and protein from Farm Share today with events in Orlando and Casselberry during drive-thru distribution events. (WMFE)

4) Signed Governor Ron DeSantis several tax breaks in law including the annual tax vacation back to school, an extension to the Disaster preparedness sales tax vacationand a new one “Freedom week” This means that items such as concerts, movie tickets, and state park tickets are tax-free. (WESH)

5) Freshandco the New York-based restaurant chain is Expansion to Orlando and plans to open a location first location in Dr. Phillips. Their mission is to “create fresh, creative and healthy meals that will delight the mind, heart and palate”. Part of a variety of restaurants looking to expand into the area. (Orlando Business Journal)

Today in Orlando:

  • Barker Park farmers market – Enjoy food vendors and live music at this weekly market. (9 am)
  • Goats yoga at the Alaska Farms Orlando. Start your weekend off by decompressing with goats. Tickets include stretching, yoga, photo time, and playing with the goats. You must have a ticket in advance to participate. (10 am)
  • The juicy brunch crawl. Stroll downtown Orlando and enjoy Bloody Marys, mimosas, and canapes with Bar Crawl USA. The event begins in The Basement and tickets are available online. (11 clock)
  • Orlando City versus Toronto FC at the Exploria Stadium in downtown Orlando. (19 o’clock)
  • Millennium Age Silent Party Orlando at the Night shade lounge. Enjoy one silent disco with R&B and slow jams for singles and couples. (9:30 p.m.)

Orlando Patch Notebook:

  • The city of Orlando is looking for local photos for an annual calendar competition.
  • Brevard County Schools agreed Make masks optional for summer and the next school year in a 4-1 vote.
  • Universal Orlando Aventura Hotel announced that it will reopen on June 16.
  • The Value of Homes in Orlando crossed a skyscraper prior to housing construction and the average home in the area was worth $ 285,049 last month, according to Zillow.
  • The Florida unemployment rate rose to 4.8%But also jobs and workers and the state are still below the national average. Over 487,000 are unemployed.

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That’s all for today. I’ll be back in Orlando tomorrow with the latest event. My inbox is open for tips on how to send or want to contact me: [email protected]

-Carlos Hernandez

About Me: I have lived in Florida since 1999 and have covered the Orlando area for nearly 10 years, mostly focusing on food on my blog at


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