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Side Dish: February 2018

Restaurant news from throughout Greater Orlando

• Downtown Orlando is getting a new sushi spot this year. U Roll will be situated on E. Pine Street and plans to open its doors within the coming months. Customers will be able to order pre-made rolls or invent their very own creation for under $10.

• Popular speakeasy-style bar Herman’s Loan Office closed its doors in December after a two-year run. V Group Concepts operated the bar along with sister establishment Hanson’s Shoe Repair, and they intend to focus on new works for the Thornton Park area instead.

• Local Southern comfort-food restaurant Sonny’s BBQ has signed a one-year contract to take over all concession operations at the Central Florida Zoo. A new, redesigned building will be constructed on premises and guests will be able to stop by for ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and more during their visit.

Manny’s Original Chophouse began construction on its newest addition, located in a plaza off S.R. 436 in Altamonte Springs. This will be its sixth 40 U Roll Sushi location in three counties and property owner Val Nasano is excited for guests to experience an expansive menu of steak, chicken, seafood, ribs, burgers and more.

• Winter Park residents now have a new place to indulge in meaty inventions with the Sausage Shack. Owners Dan Eastwood and Christopher Buxton are self-proclaimed aficionados who hope to entice customers with creative hot dogs, vegan offerings and a one-of-a-kind homemade mustard bar.

This article originally appeared in Orlando Family Magazine’s February 2018 issue.