Beignet hotspot The Poor Porker will close and be replaced with Unfiltered Lakeland

The popular eatery will host its final party on Sunday, July 3, which coincides with Lakeland Fourth of July festivities.

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Get your oxtail grilled cheese and chocolate-drizzled beignet fix while you can—because Lakeland’s The Poor Porker will soon close its doors.

“We are both proud and saddened to announce that, effective July 4, 2022, the Poor Porker will be closing its doors permanently to make way for the next generation of food, art, retail, and entertainment at 801 East Main Street - Unfiltered Lakeland,” a recent post from the space's Facebook reads.

The Poor Porker—which opened in 2015—is known for its New Orleans-style beignets and coffee, wide variety of local brews, comforting weekend brunch menu and regular musical performances.

The last day to experience this Lakeland hotspot will be Sunday, July 3, as The Poor Porker will host its final party, which coincides with the city's “Red, White, and Kaboom” celebration.  Poor Porker guests will be able to view the fireworks from its outdoor courtyard.

The Porker's farewell celebration will start at 11 a.m.  on July 3, as The Poor Porker will  transition from its full brunch menu to a hot dog-only barbecue at 3 p.m., as guests prepare for the firework show.  Live music will be provided by local musician Daniel Pepin.

Although The Poor Porker will  be replaced with a brand new concept, the upcoming Unfiltered Lakeland will still retain the most beloved aspects of its predecessor—live entertainment, a wide variety of food and drinks, and a communal feel. It's self-described as a coffee house, marketplace and event space.

To get a good idea of what to expect from Unfiltered Lakeland, you can look to its sister locations in Bartow and Punta Gorda. It’s set to be a multi-faceted retail space that partners with local artists, businesses and restaurateurs. According to The Poor Porker owners, its future partners include Ethos Roasters, Our Noire Kitchen, Bandidas Lakeland, DOU Bakehouse, Uncle Nick’s Bagels, Vintage Warehouse, Luka Blue Vintage, East of These, My Crazy Plant Life, Castles in the Air, Robin Ireland, The Beatnik Exchange, and Rebel Juju.

Unfiltered Lakeland is set to open at 801 E Main St.  sometime this fall, although a specific grand opening date has not yet been announced. And don’t worry Poor Porker customers—its beloved beignets will still be served when Unfiltered Lakeland opens its doors later this year.

The best way to keep up with the new concept's build is to follow its Facebook and Instagram, both at @thepoorporker.  Social media pages for Unfiltered Lakeland have not been created yet. 

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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