Orlando restaurant Brian’s gets an amazing makeover

August 19, 2011, 12:46 am

In perhaps one of the longest renovations in recent Orlando restaurant history, Brian’s has finally reopened after almost a year of renovations. The cinnamon-laced sweet rolls are still fabulously sticky and the menu is almost identical to the Brian’s you may remember at 1409 N. Orange Ave., near downtown, but the transformation inside is truly remarkable. Gone are all signs of the worn red booths that were Brian’s signature seating for many years. At the entrance to the restaurant, a covered patio filled with tables adds an alfresco dimension to Brian’s that I would not have predicted a decade ago.

Brian Zipper is running now the show with his mother, Sydele Homel, keeping a watchful eye on the place that made her late husband a local restaurant icon. Paul Homel, who died in 2003, was known for offering home-cooked meals at restaurants he opened during a career that spanned almost 40 years in Central Florida. He opened Paul’s Char Broil in Coytown Plaza on East Colonial Drive in 1969. When Homel later opened the first Brian’s Restaurant on South Semoran Boulevard, he named it after the son who had worked alongside him since high school. Here are some details about the wonderful Central Florida restaurant.

Brian’s Restaurant
Where: 1409 N. Orange Ave., Orlando (at Virginia Drive)

When: 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday; and 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday

How much: $3.50-$13

Extras: Takeout, outdoor dining

Beverages: Soft drinks, beer and wine

Wheelchair access: Good

Payment: Cash, major credit cards

Call: 407-601-5944

Online: No website, but there is a Facebook fan group for the restaurant

Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/restaurants/os-thedish-brians-restaurant-reopens-20110818,0,2864958.column

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