Winter Garden Magazine September 2017 - Page 38

RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH I Rosallie could be the most charming new restaurant to grace downtown Winter Garden’s food scene. n July, the authentic French café enthroned the west corner of the down- town strip, a coveted loca- tion for locals and visitors, convenient to West Orange Trail bikers. Its cozy, rustic-chic atmo- sphere replaced the bright, kid-centric vibe of the former occupant, Jojo Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt, in the 2,600-square-foot space built in 1947, across from the Gar- den Theatre. This is the place for rea- sonably priced all-day 38  |  WINTER GARDEN MAGAZINE  |   brunch, fancy sandwiches and flatbreads, organic salads and quality cheese plates; for a cup of gourmet coffee or quality, freshly-brewed tea and an indulgent pastry. And soon, they’ll add gelato and French wines to the mix. “It’s one place you can have it all,” owner Jonathan Pluvinet said. The French native has been enchanted by the concept of making a living serving up delicious food since 1983, when he helped his parents open their restaurant, Rosal- SEPTEMBER 2017 lie, in southern France. (They sold it in 2006 and retired to Lake Nona.) Two years ago, after com- pleting his degree in business management at the Universi- ty of Nevada, Reno, Jonathan opened his first restaurant on Rainbow Boulevard in Las Vegas, keeping the family namesake, Rosallie. Sales jumped about 30 percent year over year, and the shop has a 4.5-star Yelp rating. Meanwhile, Jonathan’s par- ents suggested that he look into downtown WG, and it became his new desire. He re- located here with his fiancee, Angelica, and their children, Valentin, 3, and Caspian, 10 months. “It reminds me of Europe with a really small downtown with shops and bakeries,” Jonathan said. He dedicated late nights to revamping the shop with his brother Olivier, adorning it with rustic wood beams, battered bricks from Oakland streets, a deep red currant backsplash, tabletops of marble and wood, and fancy, fabric-covered chairs they. He