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The Sunshine State welcomes nine more Michelin-starred restaurants

Chefs across Florida can exhale: Michelin announced new additions to the state’s starred restaurant guide during a live ceremony on April 18. Nine new stars were added to the guide, for a total of 26 starred restaurants in Florida. This marks the third year Michelin has reviewed restaurants in Florida, across Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. More from Bon Appetit and Florida Trend.

See also:
» Three Miami restaurants just earned Michelin stars — but one local spot got bumped
» Orlando’s Michelin galaxy expands with four new stars
» These two Tampa restaurants just got Michelin stars in the 2024 ceremony

Orlando City Council to decide fate of $500 million mixed-use sports complex plan

A proposed $500 million entertainment complex that could be built in across the street from the Kia Center in downtown Orlando could get the green light by the Orlando city council on Monday. If approved by the city, the project will include a major hotel, retail, an event venue, meeting space, residential housing, and parking. More from Spectrum News.

Chewy’s new vet care clinics aim to revolutionize the pet business again

Born in South Florida in 2011, Chewy upended the pet food business by providing online ordering, fast delivery, and personal touches like birthday cards adorned with actual paintings of pet customers. Now among the nation’s largest pet supply retailers, the company took the first step this week in an effort to disrupt another traditional pet-related business: veterinarian clinics. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

From waitress's daughter to interim JEA CEO: Vickie Cavey's path to head of utility

When the JEA board named Vickie Cavey interim CEO on Monday, she was wearing the same black suit she wore on her first day at JEA in 1984 as a young engineer. Her mother, who worked as a waitress while raising Cavey and four other children, bought the suit for her after she graduated from the University of Florida. Cavey hadn't expected to return JEA when she retired from it in 2016, much less take over as the head of the 2,200 employee organization. More from the Florida Times-Union.

Hillsborough leaders greenlight carbon capture proposal

Hillsborough County commissioners pushed ahead Wednesday with a proposal for a carbon capture pilot program despite ongoing backlash from local environmental groups. The motion was originally part of the board’s consent agenda, which is intended for decisions that are not considered controversial. But commissioners pulled the measure out for a separate vote. It passed 5-2. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

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Florida Dining
How Gabriel’s Sub Shop became an Orlando small business icon

The shop opened on Jan. 29, 1958, when Paul and Doris Gabriel decided Orlando should have its first sub spot. The shop is now owned by their grandson, Kyle Gabriel. He recalled how his grandfather rebuffed segregation. Back then, most restaurants made Black customers wait outside for their takeout orders. Paul Gabriel wouldn’t have that. He’d personally greet them and walk them inside, his grandson said. Hospitality remains core to the business.

» Read more from the Orlando Business Journal.

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