From food halls to fine dining, Orlando’s most anticipated new restaurants of 2020
With the promise of a new year, the food-conscious souls of the city commence their ritual gaze into the near future, brain-marking food and drink establishments of note, planning culinary excursions to far-flung reaches of the city, and clearing space on their phones for the impending glut of IG stories.
So what does 2020 hold for our ever-diverse restaurant landscape? For one, a trend we’ve been eagerly anticipating for a few years now – food halls. Winter Garden, Lake Ivanhoe, downtown Orlando, Oviedo, SoDo and more neighborhoods will see these bastions of gluttony open to the public. On the finer dining front, Norman’s will reopen in Dr. Phillips after moving out of the Ritz and a couple of Top Chef alums – John Tesar and Gerald Sombright – will move in. It’ll be a relatively quiet year for Disney Springs, but over at Epcot, Space 220 will blur the lines between space station and restaurant.
Want more? How about soaring towers of fried lobster? Or a ramen joint where everything (noodles included) is made from scratch? We’ll get Blake Shelton, Willie Degel and the world’s largest White Castle. Oh, and local restaurateurs Jason and Sue Chin will launch a new venture, but we can’t tell you about that just yet. What we can tell you is, judging from this list of newly open and soon-to-open restaurants, it’ll be a very gratifying year of eating.
The Hamlin food hall (appropriately monogrammed after Arthur George Hamlin) will sit on 22,000 square feet of lakefront property and offer everything from craft burgers and pizza to Southern fried chicken and sushi. A second-floor indoor/outdoor bar will provide views of Lake Hancock and nightly fireworks at Disney.
Faiyaz Kara | Orlando Weekly