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Sloan’s, Boca Raton-The pink-covered candy emporium opened its sixth South Florida outpost in the Uptown Boca shopping village and will feature specialty sundaes – including an 18-scoop “kitchen sink” – along with cookies, shakes and chocolate treats. 9690 Glades Road, Suite 350, Boca Raton; 561-617-1116, SloansIceCream.com

Carrot Express, Boca RatonThis Miami-based health-food chain opened its eighth location April 12 at this 1,700-square-foot storefront, featuring juices, plant-based burgers, acai bowls and avocado toasts. 10 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton; 561-717-4175, EatCarrotExpress.com

Los Bocados, Parkland-Once a Mexican taqueria in the bright corner of a Chevron gas station, Los Bocados debuted its first brick-and-mortar April 19 a taco’s throw north of its old stomping grounds. Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives” recently spotlighted the restaurant’s build-your-own burritos and citrus-pork quesadillas. 7031 N. State Road 7, Parkland; 954-637-4984, LosBocados.com

Walt’s American Grille and Bar, Boca Raton- Farm-to-table options include classic American fare like a New York strip or honey glazed salmon. The new eatery is also kicking things up with a happy hour menu that includes habanero chicken wings, tuna nachos, shrimp ceviche and half off all drinks from 5 to 7 p.m. 6030 SW 18th St., Boca Raton; waltsamerican.com

Fort Liquordale, Fort Lauderdale-This liquor store from the owners of Chops + Hops Axe Throwing Bar aims to become a 3,000-square-foot entertainment village this summer when it opens a kitchen and hidden speakeasy bar. 702 NE First Ave.., Fort Lauderdale; LiquordaleSpirits.com

Crab Du Jour, Pompano Beach-This Cajun seafood restaurant and bar in Pompano Beach’s Palm Aire Plaza replaces a location of Ruby Tuesday that closed early in the pandemic, and features seafood boils and po’ boys. 299 SW 26th Ave., Pompano Beach; 954-953-8999, CrabDuJour.com

Planta, West Palm Beach-This upscale mini-chain from acclaimed chef David Lee and restaurateur Steven Salm opened its seventh location inside Rosemary Square in downtown West Palm Beach. The 200-seat restaurant will showcase (naturally) plant-based dishes such as coconut ceviche, Kelp Caesar, eggplant lasagna and pizza. 700 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 142, West Palm Beach; PlantaRestaurants.com

Okeechobee Prime Seafood, West Palm Beach-From owners of the longtime running Okeechobee Steakhouse, this new concept shifts to the surf promising fresh, local and regional seafood. Dishes include stuffed flounder and cold water scallops. Prime steaks are also available. The restaurant sits about 138 people and is the fourth venture for the Lewis family. 2888 Shawnee Ave., West Palm Beach; okeeprimeseafood.com

Vinos Wine Bar-901 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale-954-765-6730 or https://www.vinoswinebars.com/

Vivo Pizza + Pasta, Boca Raton-casual Canadian chain, offering dine-in, takeout and a grab-and-go market. Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Circle; vivopizzapasta.  

The Agency Kitchen & Bar at Delray Marketplace -It’s a  next to Penny Lanes (8 of the 16 lanes are open with social distancing) and Paragon Theaters. Stop by for tacos, sliders, pizzas, burgers and more. 14775 Lyons Road, Delray Beach; For more info:   561-954-0091 or https://www.agencyrestaurants.com

Los Pancho’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, 717 Lake Ave., Lake Worth The Mexican venue Los Pancho’s is serves homemade tortillas and margaritas, plus tequilas galore. All with Mexican comfort street food and some seriously great murals. 

Lionfish Restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Delray (next to Johnnie Brown’s)-The lionfish (yep, fish) is a must-try. https://lionfishdelray.com/

Copperfish Kitchen, 5250 Town Center, Boca Raton; 561-391-3474; https://copperfishkitchen.com/our-story/ Owner George Anagnostou, who bought Delray’s Apeiro Mediterranean last summer, has just opened this seafood-centric venue with all kinds of fresh seafood plates are on the menu. 

NOW OPEN: Grato To Go and a Beer/Pizza Pop-Up; 1901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-404-1334; https://www.gratowpb.com/dinner The downtown West Palm Beach Italian restaurant Grato – part of Chef/Owner Clay Conley’s group – has been retrofitted as a preparation/distribution area to provide meals for those affected by the virus shutdown. No inside seating but curbside and delivery orders available from a revamped menu.  

NOW OPEN: Civil Society Brewing Company, 425 Kanuga Dr., West Palm Beach (also a Jupiter location); 561-444-3538; https://civilsocietybrewing.com

Vinos Wine Bar-901 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale-954-765-6730 or https://www.vinoswinebars.com/

Vivo Pizza + Pasta, Boca Raton-casual Canadian chain, offering dine-in, takeout and a grab-and-go market. Boca Center, 5150 Town Center Circle; vivopizzapasta.  

The Agency Kitchen & Bar at Delray Marketplace -It’s a  next to Penny Lanes (8 of the 16 lanes are open with social distancing) and Paragon Theaters. Stop by for tacos, sliders, pizzas, burgers and more. 14775 Lyons Road, Delray Beach; For more info:   561-954-0091 or https://www.agencyrestaurants.com

Los Pancho’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, 717 Lake Ave., Lake Worth The Mexican venue Los Pancho’s is serves homemade tortillas and margaritas, plus tequilas galore. All with Mexican comfort street food and some seriously great murals. 

Lionfish Restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Delray (next to Johnnie Brown’s)-The lionfish (yep, fish) is a must-try. https://lionfishdelray.com/

Copperfish Kitchen, 5250 Town Center, Boca Raton; 561-391-3474; https://copperfishkitchen.com/our-story/ Owner George Anagnostou, who bought Delray’s Apeiro Mediterranean last summer, has just opened this seafood-centric venue with all kinds of fresh seafood plates are on the menu. 

NOW OPEN: Grato To Go and a Beer/Pizza Pop-Up; 1901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-404-1334; https://www.gratowpb.com/dinner The downtown West Palm Beach Italian restaurant Grato – part of Chef/Owner Clay Conley’s group – has been retrofitted as a preparation/distribution area to provide meals for those affected by the virus shutdown. No inside seating but curbside and delivery orders available from a revamped menu.  

NOW OPEN: Civil Society Brewing Company, 425 Kanuga Dr., West Palm Beach (also a Jupiter location); 561-444-3538; https://civilsocietybrewing.com

Boynton-Chez Andrea brings Provence to Boynton- The first of two locations, Chez Andrea Gourmet Provence opened recently in Boynton Beach. This Canadian celeb chef (exec chef/restaurateur, author of 100-plus cookbooks, TV food series host) revamped an historic house and is now serving dinner. Brunch will start soon. Her menu contains traditional French dishes as well as those showcasing her individual style. A Lake Worth venue is planned for this summer. Chez Andrea Gourmet Provence; 480 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach; 561-248-0612; http://chezandreagourmet.com/boynton/

Boca-The Blue Fish– At 402 Plaza Real in Mizner Park (formerly Racks)

Also coming to Mizner Park in Boca this spring:  Calaveras Cantina, a Mexican eatery with a Jupiter location; Lost Weekend, the Boca Raton relative of a West Palm Beach bar filled with billiards, games, art and craft brews; Subculture Coffee, a café from the same owners behind Lost Weekend; Strike 10, a bowling alley; and Cielito Artisan Pops, offering high-end frozen desserts.

Boca-Just Salad, New York City-based fast-casual chain serving salads, wraps and bowls for lunch and dinner daily, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 866-673-3757

Boca-La Boulangerie Boul’Mich, artisan French bakery with Latin twist for three meals daily, part of Miami-based mini chain with bistro seating near Williams-Sonoma in Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, LaBoulangerieUsa.com

Boca- Prosperity Brewery, inside Boca Raton’s Town Center Mall, will feature eight craft beers, domestic and imported wines, cider and non-alcoholic kombucha at its 35-seat bar.

Boca-Copperfish Kitchen in the former 30 year location of Uncle Tai’s Chinese-due to open 3rd week in January-5250 Town Circle Drive, #143, Boca Raton, 561-391-3474, CopperfishKitchen.com Opened by a father and son from Baltimore: Manuel Anonagastou and his father, George-
(They also own Apeiro in Delray Beach Marketplace)

Boca-Rex Baron-Located in the Nordstrom wing at Town Center at Boca Raton (6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL); Open seven days a week, on Sundays to Thursdays from 11 a.m. to midnight and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations are not required but can be made via www.TheRexBaron.com, Open Table or by calling 561-447-6993. 

Ft Lauderdale: Friendship Café, Israeli fare with falafel, pita, hummus and salads amid white-washed Mediterranean decor; Open Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday, employs people with developmental disabilities as extension of nonprofit The Friendship Circle of Fort Lauderdale, 1306 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 754-800-1770, FriendshipCafeFl.org

Ft Laud.: Rivertail, upscale waterfront oyster bar and fish house by acclaimed chef Jose Mendin in former Briny Irish Pub on Riverwalk beside The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-306-2665, RiverTailFtl.com

Ft. Laud.: Press and Grind Café, second local location of juicery, coffee bar and sandwich shop in laid-back setting with communal tables, lounge areas, artisan light fixtures, lush foliage and free Wi-Fi, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, 1300 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, PressandGrindCafe.com

Ft. Laud.; Sistrunk Marketplace and Brewery, food hall across from FAT Village boasting 14 culinary stalls with anchor Khoffner Brewery’s German-style lagers and ales, plus a retail co-op with 10 arts-and-craft vendors, live-music stage and karaoke rooms, 115 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-329-2551, SistrunkMarketplace.com

Ft. Laud.: Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, hybrid fast-casual, tropical-themed eatery paired with resort-wear shop, 740 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, and 150 N. Pointe Drive, Dania Beach, TommyBahama.com

Sunrise: Crafty Crab, national chain, offering home-style seafood with Southern charm and Cajun touches amid nautical décor, 2019 N. University Drive, Sunrise, hours vary by location, CraftyCrabRestaurant.com

West Palm: High Dive, high-quality seafood from Oceano Kitchen owners in Lantana, in former club space at Rosemary Square with ample alfresco seating, nightly dinner and eventual lunch, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Unit 236, West Palm Beach, HighDiveWestPalm.com

Dania: Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, 11th Florida location of national chain with Napa-style tasting room, artisan market and dining rooms serving global-influenced contemporary American cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in Dania Pointe, 1822 Pointe Blvd., Dania Beach, 754-220-0888, ChWinery.co

Dania: InRamen Asian Street Eatery, second location originating from South Miami featuring Asian tapas and traditional handcrafted noodles for lunch and dinner daily in Dania Pointe amid communal tables and exposed bricks with Chinese graffiti art by local muralist, 19 S. Pointe Drive, Dania Beach, InRamen.com

Pompano Beach-Legends Tavern & Grille, Broward County gastropub chain offering traditional bar bites and New American fare for lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch, 10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach, LegendsTavernAndGrille.com

Coconut Creek-Naked Taco, celebrity chef Ralph Pagano’s Mexican eatery serving lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch in Day of the Dead setting, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Road, Suite D103, Coconut Creek, LoveNakedTaco.com

FireFin Grill, 2401 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens- In the former Carmine’s Ocean Grill location, this restaurant will offer seafood, steaks, tacos, burgers, sushi and more, including a lion fish fillet. Open for dinner, with outdoor seating, live music and close proximity to the adjacent Carmine’s market.

Scusi Trattoria, 4520 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens- This coastal Italian restaurant opened with Owner/Executive Chef Laurent Tourondel in the PGA Commons location. Open for lunch and dinner. Menu will include wood-baked branzino, skirt steak, wood-fired pizzas, veal and pork ricotta meatballs, salumis, Bigeye tuna crudo antipasti, gelato, sorbet and more. Offering beer, wine, cocktails (this is in the former Vic & Angelo’s spot). Known for his BLT brand (BLT Prime, BLT Burger, BLT Steak), in 2018, Tourondel opened restaurants in London and Sag Harbor. He is chef/partner at Brasserie Ruhlmann in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center.

Sassafras, 105 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach- Part of the Sub-Culture restaurant group, this venue will have a number of former Delray Beach’s 32 East employees in the kitchen. The focus is on local, fresh food with components from Swank Farm and Kai-Kai Farms.

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine--Now open for dinner and cocktails starting at 4:30 PM.;   Also starting Thursday, October 14th, open for lunch at 11AM; Happy Hour 4-6PM (everywhere in the restaurant); Four Course Chef’s Menu $34; Address: 6897 SW 18th St, Boca Raton, FL, 33433  Phone Number: 561-571-6920   For more info:  www.OlisFashionCuisine.com

Elisabetta’s Ristorante, Bar and Pizzeria, Delray (formerly  32 East) -serving lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch, with gelato bar and expanded menu of sibling Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar and Pizzeria with Italian vegetable-forward approach in the former space of legendary 32 East Restaurant;   32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, Elisabettas.com

Rose’s Daughter, (formerly Max’s Harvest)-  Delray-a sibling to Brulé Bistro (also owned by Chef Suzanne Perrotto) both in Pineapple Grove neighborhood, this American-Italian trattoria with New York ambiance features continental grab-and go-breakfast on front patio and nightly dinner. Back patio will be Bastardo’s, a weekend late-night scene with DJ and cocktails, 169 Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561-271-9423

Benihana on State Road 7/441, True Food Kitchen (formerly Stir Crazy) at Town Center Mall, Loch Bar in Mizner Park, Luff’s Fish House and Union 27 on Palmetto Park Road, Vespri Siciliani (Italian, formerly Estia-Greek) and Wish in Royal Palm Place; Square One (formerly Brewzzi’s) on Glades Road, Movie Bistro (formerly Bogart’s) in Cinemark Theater; I Love Mac& Cheese and Cinnaholic on NW 20th Street; Willie’s Sushi Bar in the Polo Shoppes and Hanna’s Kitchen on NE 2nd Avenue

OPEN: On Federal Highway: The Poke Company Ricarena Latin Grill, Warlike Peruvian Bistro and Ahtziri Mexican Grill; Crazy Uncle Mike’s, Robot Brewing Company, Galini Greek, Gourmet Market

OPEN: on SW 18th Street: Saiko-i Hibachi & Sushi (formerly Gatsby’s)  and Me-San thai-Sushi (formerly Rise Asian)  which moved to the new “Boardwalk” along with Burger-Fi, Juice 2 U, Pizza District, Dunkin Donuts, L’Chloe Cafe & Rolled Ice Cream and Don Chepo’s Taco Shop.

OPEN IN DELRAY: Tin Roof (formerly Smoke) and Dr. Doodle’s Donuts, both on Atlantic Avenue, and on Linton Blvd: Taverna Treia, La Padella Italian, VegEats and Proper Ice Cream ( 1445 N.Congress)

MORE RESTAURANTS OPENED: 2019

Cao Bakery & Café, a rebranding of Vicky Bakery with menu revamp by Miami-based TV personality-chef Jeremiah Bullfrog, Cuban-American sandwiches, snacks and pastries served from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily amid red-accented light and sleek atmosphere, 1535 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-530-2158, CaoBakeryCafe.com

Talento, a contemporary Southern Italian including vegan dishes for lunch and dinner daily amid white-washed chic atmosphere, with weekend brunch to come, 1307 E. Las Olas Blvd., 754-206-4180, TalentoRestaurant.com

TooJay’s Deli in Dania, a New York-style chain based in West Palm Beach serving three meals a day, 131 S. Compass Way, Dania Beach, 786-654-4100, Toojays.com

Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery, featuring oceanfront dining amid industrial contemporary ambiance with eclectic cuisine for three meals a day, plus Sunday brunch buffet, in the former Coastal at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-567-8070, WildThymeOceanside.com

Boia De, featuring modern American fare with Italian accein Buena Vista neighborhood from the team behind La Pollita food cart in the Design District. The retro-modern nook serves dinner nightly except Tuesdays amid an ambiance inspired by the 1980s Italian Memphis movement, 5205 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-967-8866, Boiaderestaurant.com

Happy Place Donuts, the second patisserie with frozen yogurt and soft-serve ice cream from parent Sugar Factory, serving breakfast and lunch in white-and-red sleek setting with patio, 1144 Ocean Drive, Suite 106A, Miami Beach, 305-397-8244, HappyPlaceDonuts.com

OLA, a relocation of this acclaimed Latin-American restaurant to Gates Hotel South Beach, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily amid mid-century modern ambiance, 2360 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-9125, OlaMiami.com

Room 25, a speakeasy lounge requiring a secret password, open Thursday through Saturday nights on second floor of Seek + Find. It specializes in Old Fashioned cocktails with light bites, DJs and live music Thursday through Saturday amid plush seating, moody lighting and murals, 2530 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, 305-902-6220, Room25Miami.com

Via Emilia Garden, Via Emilia 9’s sister restaurant in Midtown serving similar menu of traditional Northern Italian cuisine in indoor garden setting for lunch and dinner daily, 3500 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 786-216-7150, ViaEmilia9.com

Vinaigrette Sub Shop, serving classic and Italian specialty sandwiches with meatless options from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily amid an Art Deco-style setting downtown with counter seating and covered patio, 159 E. Flagler St., Miami, 786-558-5989, VinaigretteSubs.com

The Wine Room Kitchen & Bar, an upscale contemporary bistro and wine bar with more than 200 wines by the glass dispensed from machines. The eatery will serve French and American classic cuisine, more than 80 cheeses, two full bars, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, 411 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, TheWineRoomOnline.com

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, the 10th Florida location of national chain with Napa-style tasting room, artisan market and dining rooms serving global-influenced contemporary American cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, the Galleria mall, 2568 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 754-755-9463, CHWinery.com

Just Salad, a New York City-based fast-casual chain serving salads, wraps and bowls for lunch and dinner daily. Opening first South Florida locations starting at 221 North Hiatus Road, Pembroke Pines, 866-673-3757, and in the fall at 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, and 1050 NW 14th St., Miami, JustSalad.com

Nick’s Bar and Grill, reopening after renovation of landmark 40-year-old eatery that serves New England-style seafood in laid-back beach atmosphere, 1214 N. Boardwalk, Hollywood Beach, see info on Facebook

Dalia, a Mediterranean-style eatery with mid-century modern vibe flowing into lobby and courtyard of the new Celino South Beach, serving three meals a day, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com

Esotico Miami, serving eclectic dinner nightly amid tropical, tiki-inspired vibe in chic setting with rum-centric cocktails and nightly entertainment, 1600 NE First Ave., Miami, 305-800-8454, EsoticoMiami.com

Orilla, featuring South American Patagonian cuisine with three meals a day and weekend brunch, the second location of the original in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Urbanica The Euclid Hotel, 426 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach, UrbanicaTheHotels.com

Osaka, a Nikkei chain from South America merging Japanese techniques with Peruvian flavors for lunch and dinner daily, debuting a North American location at 1300 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, Osaka.com.pe

Pubblica Italiana, featuring contemporary Italian cuisine served for lunch and dinner daily in a bright, modern setting with Old World aesthetic in the new Celino South Beach, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com

Riverside, a Brickell riverfront project with six restaurants, tap room and café, art installations, beer garden and live entertainment amid boatyard-garden atmosphere, lunch and dinner daily, 431 S. Miami Ave, Miami, Riverside.

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CLOSED: 2019

CLOSED: DON CHEPO- Mexican Restaurant on SW 18th Street in Boca

CLOSED: OUZO BAY– Mizner Park, Boca;  Tilted Kilt on Airport Road, Boca

CLOSED: CITY PUB- 10th Street in Deerfield Beach

CLOSED:  JUNIOR’S  in Mizner Park, Boca-CLOSED  ” Junior’s owner Alan Rosen said, “We expected the volume to be greater than we saw at this location. We enjoyed being a part of the Boca Raton community and thank all of our guests for their business. We also thank our wonderful family of coworkers.”

CLOSED: UNCLE  TAI’S restaurant closing after three decades in Boca Raton. After 30 years in business, Uncle Tai’s Hunan Yuan in the Boca Center Shops closed its doors.

CLOSED: TRULUCK’S  in Mizner Park

CLOSED: Pinon Grill at Town Center Mall, Uncle Julio’s in Mizner Park, Chili’s (Boca Village Square and Mizner Park) and Blue Martini (its last call was on New Year’s Eve), Estia Greek in Royal Palm Place, Los Tacos in the 5th Avenue Shops, Gretl’s Bistro and Roots Italian on Federal Hwy, Wendy’sJimmy John’s and Lina’s Taverna on St. Andrews Blvd., DD Flatbreads in the Polo Shoppes, Pellegrino’s Italian Ristorante in Palmetto Place,  American Craft Kitchen & Brewery (formerly The Brass Tap) on Glades & Dixie, Blue Moon Mexican Cafe in The Boardwalk on SW 18th Street

CLOSED IN DELRAY: 32 East, Caffe Martier and Gelato Go on Atlantic Avenue, Max’s Harvest in Pineapple Grove, Zorba’s Taverna and Blue Island Fish on Linton Blvd.

CLOSED: SUBLIME and TARPON BEND closed in Ft. Lauderdale

 

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