Rabits & Romano Architecture selected to design Brazilian cafe’s 1st U.S. location

Firm continues relationship with international businesses with Winter Park’s BrownierieWinter Park, Fla. (Oct. 26, 2016) – Rabits & Romano Architecture, Planning and Design has been selected to design the new bakery and café Brownierie in Winter Park.

Brownierie was founded in 1999 in Rio De Janiero 

 Rabits & Romano Architecture, Planning and Design will design the first U.S. location for Brownierie, a café specializing in coffee and baked goods.

and has grown to 24 locations all across Brazil. While on vacation to Winter Park, the founders of Brownierie fell in love with the community. Because of this love, they decided to make Winter Park the location for their first café in the U.S.


Specializing in coffee and baked goods, Brownierie’s menu includes desserts, breads and of course, brownies. The café also offers a full breakfast and lunch menu.


Brownierie’s passion for the pure, unadulterated taste of chocolate has led them to create a menu without trans fats, preservatives or additives. This love of flavor has expanded into the creation of sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly options. With a reputation for having the best coffee, expresso, cappuccinos, lattes, and specialty drinks in Brazil, Brownierie uses only the freshest, hand-selected roasted beans. The menu is dedicated to quality, and they are sure to be a perfect fit in their new Winter Park home.


Rabits & Romano was selected for the assignment because of its extensive work with other Brazilian businesses, including the first Banco do Brasil on International Drive.


“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to help bring yet another international business to the Orlando area,” Managing Partner Bob Rabits said. “This means a boost for the local economy, as well as expanded options for consumers here.”


Timothy Garito of Garito & Company has been selected to handle the site selection and development for Brownierie’s expansion into the U.S. market.


“I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with a company like Brownierie, whose quality of product is only matched by the quality of the people behind it,” Garito said. “Winter Park is in for a real treat!”


The café’s first site will be located in the new Lakeside Crossing development at the corner of Morse Boulevard and Orlando Avenue in Winter Park.


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Three American Sculptors at the Mennello Museum

Three American Sculptors
Opens October 14

The Mennello Museum of American Art is pleased to announce our 2016 Fall Exhibitions featuring three extraordinary women sculptors: Alice Aycock, Deborah Butterfield and Barbara Sorensen.deborah-butterfield-rory

Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, states: “We are delighted to present three outstanding American sculptors whose work powerfully explores materials and process in three different compelling ways to contemplate nature and the environment ranging from wind, earth, mountains, water and horses. Nationally renowned artists Alice Aycock and Deborah Butterfield push boundaries in scale, human perception and grace in aluminum, bronze, fiberglass and found scrap metal that awe. In addition, Orlando and Aspen based artist Barbara Sorensen creates works in clay and aluminum that beautifully explore both the fragility and forces of our earthen elements.” She continues: “This season is a celebration of women sculptors who have, for decades, significantly contributed to the still largely male-dominate field of sculpture in monumental ways. Continue reading


Candide-Orlando Philharmonic

img_9672_29639809904_oThe Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presented Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, the first operetta in the Opera Series mid October. Bernstein’s zany operetta took Candide on a comic adventure around the world, in a delightful piece. Continue reading


Re-Imagined Hemisphere Restaurant Combines the Adventure of Flight with International Flavors

Hemisphere Combines the Adventure of Flight with International Flavors


hemisphere-logo Neo-contemporary world cuisine lands in the Orlando culinary scene when the newly re-imagined Hemisphere restaurant set to open this fall on the ninth floor of Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. Continue reading




ORLANDO, FL. – August travel numbers are in and Orlando International Airport (MCO) registered a 7.4 percent increase in passenger traffic led by a nearly 10 and a half percent rise in international passenger volume.

“As Orlando International Airport continues to attract new airline service and routes, we have been able to maintain double-digit international passenger growth on a consistent basis,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “This in turn grows this destination and helps to further stimulate the local economy.” Continue reading


City of Orlando ​Assists Rotary International in Turning Orlando Red for World Polio Day

rotary_int_logoOrlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined District 3 City Commissioner Robert F. Stuart, in proclaiming October 24, 2016 “Light Up Rotary to End Polio Now Day,” in recognition of Rotary International’s commitment to ending the polio disease worldwide.  Today’s date is significant as it is the birthday of Jonas Salk, the developer of the polio vaccine.  

Robert F. Stuart, in proclaiming October 24, 2016 “Light Up Rotary to End Polio Now Day,” in recognition of Rotary International’s commitment to ending the polio disease worldwide.  Today’s date is significant as it is the birthday of Jonas Salk, the developer of the polio vaccine.  

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The fair will take place from November 30 – December 4 during Miami Art Week

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PINTA Miami is gearing up for its 10th anniversary celebration, which will take place from November 30 to December 4, 2016 at MANA Wynwood, located in the heart of the Miami Arts District. This edition will be the pinnacle of ten years that have left a mark on the world of modern and contemporary art from Latin America. In order to further our mission, PINTA Miami’s curatorial committee has expanded its project to include galleries from around the globe while maintaining a conceptual dialogue across all cultures, connecting Latin America to the rest of the world.  Continue reading