Years later, the husband-and-wife restaurant duo made a decision to return to their roots, and returned to Orlando. Upon arrival, Petrakis became a prominent member of the opening team for The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Lakes Orlando. Shortly after, he proceeded to open Seasons 52 for Chef Clifford Pleau and then went on to be a part of the opening team at Luma on Park (2005) under the tutelage of James Beard-nominated chef, Brandon McGlamery. Petrakis attests that it was during his time as sous chef, that he was able to shape his passion for cooking with great ingredients and classic techniques.
Today, James and Julie own and operate multiple thriving concepts in the Orlando area, including The Ravenous Pig (2007); Cask & Larder (2012); Swine & Sons Provisions (2015); and The Polite Pig (2017). At their restaurants, they focus on using local seasonal ingredients, specialize in artisanal charcuterie and brew award-winning craft beer. The restaurant duo have received numerous accolades including six James Beard nominations.