The commercial district just north of I-4 and U.S. 98 continues to expand, with a Cajun-themed sports bar, Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, which opened June 21. It’s located adjacent to Lakeland Square in the space formerly occupied by Toys ”R” Us. More
The owners of Sweet Cup Café, which offers a taste of Mexico on Lakeland Hills Boulevard, had to delay opening by more than a year because of the pandemic, but they say social media has given their business a big boost. More
Culver’s, a Wisconsin-based restaurant chain known for its butter burgers and frozen custards, is coming to two locations on opposite ends of Lakeland, The Ledger reports. One will front the Fort Fraser Trail in Highland City along U.S. 98 at Clubhouse Road; the other will be on U.S. 98 north of I-4 near Walmart and Sam’s Club. The separate franchisees hope to open by the end of the year.
Most of the French macarons and other pastries created by DOU Bakehouse go to Orlando-area resorts, but retail customers can now pick them up curbside at the North Massachusetts Avenue bakery or at the downtown curb market, Fox 13 News reports. (DOU will not be at the Lakeland market this weekend, according to their Facebook page.)
Visitors to The Poor Porker will soon be able to order burgers in addition to the Lake Mirror establishment’s well-known beignets, The Ledger reports. Adler’s, known for the classic burger it serves at its restaurants in Davenport and Winter Haven, will base its food truck at The Poor Porker on weekends starting in January (with a preview on Dec. 19). And both food vendors say they are considering expanding beyond the current weekend hours. | Adler’s website
There’s an old cliché that food that’s good for you doesn’t taste good. But it doesn’t have to be that way, say Sarah and Jon Bucklew, owners of Plenty, the newest restaurant at The Joinery, the artisan food court at 640 E. Main St. that overlooks Lake Mirror. More
Three restaurants in the heart of downtown Lakeland have been selected to expand their outdoor seating into “parklets” along the street. They are Frescos Southern Kitchen, Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille and Nineteen61. More
Kamini Kumar isn’t the type to pat her own back, except for just this one thing: her made-from-scratch Indian cooking at her new restaurant. “I love to please people by cooking,” she said. “And they just love it. This is the same food I cook for my family. It’s just a bigger kitchen.” More