Visitors returning to Lakeland for the Spring Training or the 43rd Annual SUN 'n FUN International Expo & Fly-In will be able to enjoy a few new restaurants and boutique shops. Read on to see what new things you can see and do this March and April.
New Restaurants and Shops in Lakeland
Ninteen61 - Dixieland, 1212 S. Florida Ave.
If you’re looking for a more formal dining option, this Latin-inspired restaurant consistently receives rave reviews for Chef Marcos Fernandez’s delicious dishes made from locally grown foods, beautiful atmosphere and quality service.
Posto 9 - Downtown, 215 E. Main St.
This Brazilian gastropub in downtown opened in December and has lived up to all the hype it garnered before it opened its doors. Their rooftop lounge will be the centerpiece of an evening at the new culinary attraction that overlooks downtown’s Munn Park.
5th & Hall - Dixieland, 1117 Florida Ave., S.
Clothing retailer offering classic American sportswear and street fashion. The store carries unique brands that are not found in Lakeland and a majority of which are exclusive to the Central Florida area.
Magnolia Popcorn Co. - Downton, 248 N. Kentucky Ave.
Sweet or salty; this new popcorn shop just north of Munn Park has snacks for everyone. Gourmet flavors include Birthday Cake, White Chocolate Peppermint, Peanut Butter Cup, Cherry Cordial, and Chocolate Covered Banana while standard flavors include Smokey Bacon Cheddar, Creamy Dill, Green Apple, Toffee and Cajun. All of the popcorn is made right in the store, so it's fresh and delicious. Magnolia Popcorn Co. sells their product in three sizes, so you can grab a small bag for yourself or a large back for your entire travel party.
The shop also sells organic granola and nuts.
Nook Home Bakery - Downtown, 244 N. Kentucky Ave.
Currently, Nook Bakery is set up inside Simple Vintage (right next door to Magnolia Popcorn Co.) every Saturday morning offering a choice of 2 different flavored cupcakes and 1 unique tart. New ideas and flavors are announced through her social media accounts. Instagram: @nook.bakery
Born & Bread Bakehouse - Downtown, Curb Market on Saturday
One of Lakeland’s favorite bakers has her own bakery now, which means she is able to produce even more baked goodies, which she sells at the Downtown Farmer’s Curb Market. Offerings include handmade bread: Sourdough varieties, baguettes, ciabatta, rye, and handmade pastries: morning bun, croissant varieties, cruffin, scones.
Mason’s Live - S. Lakeland, 5501 S. Florida Ave.
Live music bar and grill with a fun, vibrant energy and tasty menu (we hear the burgers are especially good). OH, and it’s SMOKE FREE!
2Infinity – Trampoline Park - N. Lakeland, 6220 US Hwy. 98 N.
Lakeland's first indoor trampoline park is within a few miles of Joker Marchant Stadium and is perfect for family fun after a Tigers’ game. The trampoline park boasts a 40,000-square-foot facility comprised of trampoline-themed entertainment, including an open field, a dodgeball stadium, and an area to dunk basketballs. The rest of the facility features a Ninja Warrior Course, a flying trapeze and Olympic-size foam pits with more than 50,000 foam cubes.
Cob & Pen - Dixieland, 1221 S. Florida Ave.
Bar specializing in craft beer, wines and elevated pub food. It’s located in Dixieland’s Tudor House, which provides a unique, even romantic ambiance.
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen - S. Lakeland, 3411 Florida Ave., S.
This Texas-based restaurant boasts a diverse menu filled with homemade options with most of their food being made from scratch on site, hence the name. They also have a full bar with lots of fun drink options!
Kinda New Restaurants and Shops in Lakeland
Glory Days Grill - Lakeside Village, 3790 Lakeside Village Ct.
One of the area’s newer sports bars, Glory Days has a fun atmosphere, indoor and outdoor seating delicious food and is conveniently located in the Lakeside Village Shopping Center.
801 E. Main (Poor Porker Expansion) - Downtown, 801 E. Main St.
The Poor Porker has become a household name here in Lakeland by gracing Saturday and Sunday mornings with beignets and campfire coffee that keep you coming back for more. Their new digs at, you guessed it: 801 E Main St, provide a secluded hideaway with a gift shop (Bearcat and Big 6 Trading Post), bar (The Ruins) and of course, The Poor Porker food truck. With a teepee, occasional live music and all kinds of unique décor and seating at each corner, it’s definitely one of Lakeland’s most unique hangouts day and night.