WHERE: 358 N. Park Ave., Winter Park (at Canton Avenue) THE LOWDOWN: Galopin's ultramodern decor is chic and sleek with a red and black color scheme. The restaurant is a mix of several areas: A small dining room up front with outdoor cafe seating, another room with a slightly more formal vibe, a courtyard seating in the rear and a nightclub-lounge upstairs. THE BACKGROUND: The venue at the corner of Canton Avenue and Park is steeped in local restaurant history and deserves an occupant with a steady run. The location's glory days began in the 1960s when it was The Barbizon Restaurant and Gallery (birthplace of the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival) and the original Beef and Bottle (where Arthur "Pappy" Kennedy, who worked at the Barbizon as well, was assistant manager when he became Orlando's first black City Council member in 1972). It would later be the home of Circa, Sage, Park Avenue Grill, Zak's, Chapters and East of Paris -- none leaving very memorable impressions. CONTACT: 407-951-5790
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