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UCF Area Cooking Up More Fast Casual

Read full article on the Orlando Sentinel.

The neighborhood around University of Central Florida is becoming one of the region’s hottest spots for new fast casual dining.

Gainesville’s Bento Group is opening a Bento Cafe off Alafaya Trail and University Boulevard in spring. It’s just a few blocks away from Italian fast casual concept Spoleto and quick-serve pizza joint Pie Five.

“The UCF area is the perfect fit for us,” said spokeswoman Ariane Hernandez of Bento Group, which already has restaurants in downtown Orlando and on Sand Lake Road. “It’s a young crowd that we can grow with.”

Bento Café serves Asian fusion and sushi dishes, with items such as pad Thai, teriyaki and noodle soup bowls. Most of the dishes cost $7 to $9.