Marcos Fernandez, head chef and founder of Nineteen61 in downtown Lakeland, talks with host Andrea Oliver about his passion for food, his melding of tastes from the Americas and the Caribbean, and how his team rallied when Covid-19 changed everything in the restaurant industry.
Restaurants and bars in downtown Lakeland were happy to comply over the weekend after Gov. Ron DeSantis said they could operate at 100% capacity again, and patrons were eager to patronize, The Ledger reports. Fresco’s Southern Kitchen and Bar reported waits of up to an hour. Source: The Ledger
A fancy new restaurant/sports bar will open at Merchants Walk in south Lakeland. It has the potential to be a cut above — including a touch of Magic. Retired NBA standout Tracy McGrady has invested in the bar, called HomeCourt. He’s a seven-time NBA All Star who spent four years with the Orlando Magic.
A couple of months ago we reported that SoFresh, a small, health-oriented restaurant chain was about to expand to Lakeland. We now have a location: the spot at Lake Miriam Plaza that was occupied by Little Greek Fresh Grill until last week.
Local bar owners said they were stung when the state of Florida shut them down — twice — because of coronavirus concerns. But some are finding ways to reopen: adding sandwiches, appetizers and other food items alongside their alcohol. You could call it the pb&j shuffle.
Lakelanders looking for new dining experiences will have a chance to buy products from a rotating list of local food startups through a “pop-up window” at the Catapult Lakeland business incubator, LALtoday reports. Check a calendar to learn when the various vendors will be serving from the window, located along the patio on the east […]
The owners of a take-out restaurant opening this weekend in downtown Lakeland’s Catapult building hope their food reminds diners of a Jamaican setting: dancing to reggae music, the warm, blue/ green waters of the Caribbean Sea, or sipping a fruity island punch while strolling on a white-sand beach. Owners Corey and Jessica Mundle say their […]
Two local elementary school teachers with an entrepreneurial itch, are planning a family-friendly north Lakeland restaurant that will feature three golf simulators, LALtoday reports. The Back Nine at U.S. 98 and Duff Road will feature an “American casual” menu and a 20+-seat bar. Owners Ethan and Jenna Smith are looking at a fall opening. Source: […]
SoFresh, a health-oriented restaurant chain with five locations in the Tampa Bay area and two in Pittsburgh, is negotiating for space in a Lakeland shopping center, Tampa Bay Business Journal reported.
Masks are getting a lot more attention in Lakeland as one of the measures people can take when out in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Several local organizations are promoting their use or helping consumers find mask-friendly businesses: