Friday, January 19, 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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Friday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYAutosNASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony8 p.m.NBCSNCollege basketballBuffalo at Western Michigan7 p.m.ESPNUSt. Bonaventure at Davidson7 p.m.ESPN2Canisius at Manhattan9 p.m.ESPNUIllinois at Wisconsin9 p.m.FS1College gymnasticsFlorida at Kentuc...
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‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

Peter Mayle, whose international bestseller A Year in Provence sent countless tourists to the vineyards and lavender fields of Southern France, has died.In an email, Mr. Mayle’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, reported that he died Thursday in a hospital...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Low temperatures led to frost Thursday morning

Low temperatures led to frost Thursday morning

A very small patch of frost formed in Palm Harbor where the temperature fell to 25 degrees at daybreak on Jan. 18, 2018. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TimesIce is seen on a hibiscus plant in a Clearwater garden Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Frost formed Thursday ...
Published: 01/18/18
'American Pickers' is coming to Florida, and wants to pick through your stuff

'American Pickers' is coming to Florida, and wants to pick through your stuff

Know someone with a cool collection of antiques, collectibles or dust-covered old “junk” they’ve been holding onto for years in the hopes of someday cashing in?The time may be now.American Pickers, the A&E reality series followi...
Published: 01/18/18
Is latest reboot a sign Hollywood is done remaking ’80s classics?

Is latest reboot a sign Hollywood is done remaking ’80s classics?

Here's some shocking news: The latest TV reboot from Hollywood ISN'T from the '80s. It's from – gasp! – the 1990s. Deadline.com reports that Party of Five is up next for a re-imagining.Party of Five, which ran on Fox from 1994 to 2000, ce...
Published: 01/18/18
Nancy Pelosi is going to be a guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars'

Nancy Pelosi is going to be a guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars'

She might be more familiar with democracy, but top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi is soon going to show her expertise on a certain kind of monarchy: The California congresswoman is slated to appear as a guest judge on RuPaul’s drag-queen competiti...
Published: 01/18/18
Voodoo Doughnut opening at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk this spring

Voodoo Doughnut opening at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk this spring

Get ready for Old Dirty Bastards, Grape Apes and Voodoo Doll rolls. Voodoo Doughnut is coming to CityWalk at Universal Orlando this spring.The now iconic doughnut shop was created by Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson and Tres Shannon in Portland, Ore. in 20...
Published: 01/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Steve Martin and Martin Short: The longtime actor-comedians and frequent collaborators present, An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life, featuring Martin’s bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko. 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater...
Published: 01/18/18
Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

ST. PETERSBURG An air compressor did most of the talking as the small crew stapled down flooring to the stage. A master carpenter kept unskilled but eager workers on track, telling them where to line up edges. An astringent smell of glue permeated t...
Published: 01/18/18
Gary Allan replaces DNCE as Florida Strawberry Festival’s opening night headliner

Gary Allan replaces DNCE as Florida Strawberry Festival’s opening night headliner

Got a concert crisis on your hands? Call Gary Allan.A couple of years ago, the country singer was a last-minute replacement for Kenny Rogers at Busch Gardens' Food and Wine Festival. Now he's doing the same favor for the Florida Strawberry Festival.N...
Published: 01/18/18