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Team behind popular Luma, Prato restaurants to debut 3rd chef-driven concept – Business Journal

Team behind popular Luma, Prato restaurants to debut 3rd chef-driven concept – Business Journal

The team that led popular Winter Park restaurants Luma on Park and Prato to local glory is bringing a third concept to the region.

Local celebrity chef Brandon McGlamery and operations partner Tim Noelke, partners in Park Lights Hospitality Group, plan to open a new Maitland restaurant dubbed Luke’s Kitchen & Bar this year.

The new 6,700-square-foot, two-story restaurant at 640 S. Orlando Ave. — which housed past concepts including SoNapa Grille, Blackfin and Steak & Ale, as reported by Orlando Weekly— will seat 220, including a patio and private dining.

Led by McGlamery and Executive Chef Executive Chef Derek Perez, the menu will highlight “classic American fare, using seasonal ingredients and responsibly-sourced proteins,” said a news release. Luke’s Kitchen & Bar will include “carefully curated” oysters, an extensive raw bar, soups and sandwiches, and entrees cooked over an open fire grill and rotisserie. The bar will serve signature classic cocktails using house-made ingredients, fine wines and craft beer.

The space was designed by The Johnson Studio.

An opening date wasn’t released, but the restaurant website says it will debut by year’s end.

New chef-driven concepts have been appearing in the region lately, including Lake Nona’s Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen and Canvas Restaurant & Market; Restaurant Ash in downtown’s Mills 50 district; and several big-name chef eateries in Disney Springs.

These types of concepts are a plus for the Orlando market, since they raise the image of a tourist market typically known as a hotbed for chain restaurants. In addition, McGlamery is among several local chefs known to be on the cutting edge of hot trends, such as highlighting locally sourced ingredients, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal.

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