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Lake Nona pizza and brew pub

By   – Associate Managing Editor, Orlando Journal

anyone, Lake Nona. A new original restaurant concept will open its doors soon in the community’s developing entertainment center.

Park Pizza & Brewing Co. — the new 5,055-square-foot, 186-seat restaurant and brewery created by Restaurant Collection — will open in November on Lake Nona Boulevard south of State Road 417 in the Lake Nona Town Center. This will be the third Lake Nona restaurant for Tavistock Restaurant Collection, a sister company to Lake Nona developer Tavistock Development Co. LLC., joining Canvas Restaurant & Market and Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen.

The new restaurant will be a community-focused gathering place with indoor and outdoor seating, serving scratch-made pizza from wood-burning ovens and an onsite glass-enclosed brewery featuring craft beers, as Orlando Business Journal previously reported. The restaurant in an existing space near Chroma will offer dine-in and order-ahead pick-up to go.

“Park Pizza will be a laid-back place where any family will feel welcome to enjoy affordable, high-quality food and craft beer,” Park Pizza & Brewing Co. General Manager MaryAnna Ford said in a prepared statement.

Here’s more from the eatery:

The 12- and 16-inch wood-fired pizzas at the restaurant will begin with housemade, hand-tossed dough, topped with San Marzano tomatoes for the signature sauce, and finished with traditional and premium toppings like buffalo mozzarella, artisanal sausage, fire-roasted fresh vegetables and fresh herbs. The 900-degree pizza ovens will also serve as the primary cooking space for skillet-roasted mussels, oak roasted crispy wings, child-friendly dough poppers and more. … Other design elements include large urban-style murals, art influenced by local artists, interactive wallpaper and large roll-up garage doors on both sides of the dining room for an open and airy feel during cooler months.

Park Pizza & Brewing Co. will be overseen by Chef Jason Bergeron, who also runs the kitchens at Chroma and Canvas. The restaurant — one of several lining up in the surrounding area — also will provide views of the 30,000-square-foot Boxi Park, a retail area built with shipping containers which will open in December with bars, restaurants, beach volleyball courts, and an entertainment venue.

Plus, this restaurant adds to all the other activity in the 17-square-mile Lake Nona, the fast-growing southeast Orlando community that boasts more than 11,000 residents, 5,000 employees in the 650-acre biotech hub, and 14,000-plus students at its schools.

Chicken Salad Chick To Open First Lake Nona

fn_chicken-salad-030_s4x3-jpg-rend-sni12col-landscapeChicken Salad Chick, the nation’s only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced today it will be expanding in Florida with its first location in Lake Nona. The new restaurant will open on Tuesday, Sept. 27 and is located at 9470 Narcoossee Road. This location is owned and operated by existing franchisee team Adam Reeves and Carol Lynn Upshaw, who also own the Chicken Salad Chick restaurant near the University of Central Florida. Their Lake Nona restaurant marks the 16th Chicken Salad Chick location in Florida and the brand’s very first free-standing location with a drive-thru unit.

During grand opening week, guests will enjoy southern hospitality through giveaways and specials at the new Chicken Salad Chick restaurant:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 27 – The first guest will win a free pound of chicken salad per week for an entire year; the next 99 guests receive a free pound of chicken salad per month.*
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28 – The first 50 guests to purchase a Chick Special will receive a limited edition Chicken Salad Chick RTIC Tumbler.
  • Thursday, Sept. 29 – The first 100 customers will receive a Meet the Chicks punch card. Guests can try one free scoop of the chicken salad flavor of the week for 16 weeks, allowing guests to taste every Chicken Salad Chick flavor.
  • Friday, Sept. 30 – The first 50 guests to purchase a meal will receive a complimentary Chicken Salad Chick mini cooler and koozie.

All guests who make a purchase within the first week of business can also enter themselves into a drawing to win a free Yeti Cooler, valued at $400. The drawing will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1 and the winner will be notified the same day.

Adam was first introduced to the brand through his old friend and Chicken Salad Chick founder, Kevin Brown. After spending 16 years in the investment industry, he decided to take on a new challenge and opened his very own Chicken Salad Chick restaurant in Orlando with his mother-in-law, Carol Lynn Upshaw, who has worked as a mortgage broker for the past 25 years.

“Kevin and I were great friends for years and used to eat chicken salad every afternoon after football practice,” said Adam Reeves, Lake Nona Chicken Salad Chick franchisee. “Today, 25 years later, I’m honored to be a part of this amazing concept that he helped build from the ground up. The brand’s culture and menu offerings have been so well received by the Orlandocommunity, and I’m confident the residents of Lake Nona will be just as impressed with everything Chicken Salad Chick has to offer.”

The Chicken Salad Chick concept, born in Auburn, Ala., was established in 2008 in the kitchen of founder, Stacy Brown. When Stacy discovered that the local county health department would not allow her to continue making and selling her delicious recipes out of her home kitchen, she overcame that obstacle by launching her first restaurant with the business expertise of her future husband and fellow founder, Kevin Brown. Together, they opened a small takeout restaurant, which quickly grew; the company now has 62 restaurants across the Southeast.

Chicken Salad Chick in Lake Nona will be open Monday – Saturday from 10:30 a.m.8 p.m. For more information, visithttp://www.chickensaladchick.com, or call 407-271-8236. Follow Chicken Salad Chick on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and trends.

*Eligible winners must be over 16 years of age and are required to download the CravingCredits app.