Friday, April 20, 2018
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Disney lands celebrity chef Rick Bayless, Universal opens NBC Sports Grill

Thursday was a big day for Orlando restaurants as tourist attractions, with NBC Sports going into the bar business and Rick Bayless, one of the country's top chefs, announcing he's going to Disney World — or at least the Mouse-owned shopping plaza Disney Springs.

Walt Disney World announced Thursday that Bayless will open his Frontera Fresco restaurant next year at Disney Springs, the dining and shopping complex formerly known as Downtown Disney. Bayless won Bravo's Top Chef Masters and has won six James Beard Awards, including national chef of the year. His Frontera Grill in Chicago won for outstanding restaurant in 2007.

Over at Universal, the NBC Sports Grill & Brew trotted out sports celebrities at CityWalk for the grand opening of the new restaurant on Thursday. Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth, Hines Ward and Michele Tafoya were on hand for the sports bar that is taking the place of NASCAR Sports Grille. Featuring 38 different beers on draft and twists on bar food staples, the NBC Sports Grill has 100 TVs tuned to sports and open kettle grills as well as an expansive view across the lake into Universal Studios theme park.

—Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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Hernando Events for April 27

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The Holocaust connection that makes the Florida Orchestra’s Verdi ‘Requiem’ concert special

The Holocaust connection that makes the Florida Orchestra’s Verdi ‘Requiem’ concert special

The Florida Orchestra puts another exclamation point on its 50th season with Verdi’s Requiem, this weekend’s concert series, a major presentation of an iconic work. Composed by Giuseppe Verdi, Requiem debuted in 1874 but took on a new layer of signif...
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Yes, a Gremlins 3 is really on the way

Yes, a Gremlins 3 is really on the way

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 20

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Published: 04/19/18
Tampa Bay disciples of 'Wild Wild Country' guru remember Oregon commune

Tampa Bay disciples of 'Wild Wild Country' guru remember Oregon commune

SPRING HILL Joe Lemieux sat on the cream sofa near several relics from another era in his life, out of place in this retiree’s pastel-tinged living room and brought into the morning light specifically for this occasion. There was a beaded nec...
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Persall: Upon retirement, a look back at a star-quality career

Persall: Upon retirement, a look back at a star-quality career

Do you see what I did there? The comma and extra "E" in my byline? One last pun, just for fun. It’s the end, fin in French, and something unfortunately ruder in Swedish. Time to retire, nearly 25 years to the day after starting work as the T...
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Eva Longoria’s American ‘Gran Hotel’ adaptation in Miami: What we know so far

Eva Longoria’s American ‘Gran Hotel’ adaptation in Miami: What we know so far

I forever sing the praises of Gran Hotel, the gasp-inducing Spanish drama that is hands-down the most addicting show I have ever binged. It's been remade in Italy, Mexico (as El hotel de los secretos) and Egypt (as Grand Hotel but on Netflix as Secre...
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Joey Fatone’s hot dog food truck is coming to Plant City this weekend

Joey Fatone’s hot dog food truck is coming to Plant City this weekend

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Freefall flavors 2018-2019 season with comedies and a pair of musicals

Freefall flavors 2018-2019 season with comedies and a pair of musicals

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