White Rabbit Dessert Experience opens in Waterford Lakes; the new restaurant in Thornton Park serves fried pork chops and poutine; and Orlando Oktoberfests begin | Food News | Orlando

OPENING + CLOSING: The Classic Thornton Park, offering everything from burgers and melty patties to fried pork chops and poutine, opened in the former Mason Jar Provisions space at 805 E. Washington St. in Thornton Park… Paris Banh Mi opened a location at 155 Cranes Roost Blvd. in Altamonte Springs…Also in Altamonte, look for KPot Korean BBQ and Hot Pot to open an outpost at 474 W. State Road 436… Tabla Indian Restaurant will open a fourth location, this one in the former De La Vega Bar space at 945 City Plaza Way in Oviedo, before the end of the year… Buffalo-based dessert restaurant White Rabbit Dessert Experience opened inside downtown Waterford Lakes… Great Greek Mediterranean Grill will open in a 2,150 square foot space in the Trelago Market in Maitland early next year… In Longwood, Chaat House (no affiliation with Chaat House on South OBT) will open in the former Pete’s Eats space at 117 E. Church Ave. The Indian street food restaurant will be in the same building as Wild Hare Natural Market… The Venetian Chop House inside the Carib Royale Orlando has relaunched as part of the property’s $127 million reimagining. Expect a variety of classic Italian dishes, premium steaks and chops, and creative desserts, like the Interactive Chocolate Experience…

At Margaritaville, an upscale Brazilian steakhouse BR77 opened … Coffee News: Double Bones will open next to Maki Hibachi at 106 E. Colonial Drive with drive-thru; Frame Craft Coffee House will open in Java J’s space at 1201 N. Mills Ave. next month; Stemma craft coffee, a woman-run cafe will open Oct. 3 at 328 N. Orange Ave. downtown ; and the flagship location of barnie’s cafe on Park Ave. in Winter Park will be undergoing a renovation to create a “boutique cafe atmosphere”. The renovated space will be completed in February.

NEWS + EVENTS: Icon Park welcomes its first Oktoberfest celebration beginning Friday, September 16 and continuing through October 2. German cuisine, Bavarian music and beer flights will be part of the festivities… Chef Jes Tantalo rings at Oktoberfest this Saturday at Red light Red light with a menu brimming with brats, wursts, pretzels and potato salad starting at 2 p.m.… The Hampton Social will host a “Namaste and Rosé class” Saturday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m. After a yoga class (bring your mat), guests will sip pink bev. Tickets are $20… Pizza Bruno Market takes place September 25 from noon to 4 p.m. with 20 local vendors crowding into the parking lot of Pizza Bruno’s Curry Ford Road for a brunch and shopping experience. Parking for the event is available at Wells Fargo across from Pizza Bruno… Ravenous Pig’s beer garden is open full time again. The outdoor area opens at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and at noon Saturday through Sunday for football fans.

Joshua B. Speller