The 258,000-square-foot complex on West Atlantic Avenue and Lyons Road turned the first shovelful of dirt last week on the way to a finished project that will include seven restaurants, a coffee shop, olive oil shop and Publix supermarket.
Among the bigger players will be noted local restaurateur Burt Rapoport, who will open a second Max’s Grille, reprising the look and feel and many of the dishes that have made the original Max’s in Mizner Park one of PBC’s most popular restaurants. The other most notable “name” eatery is Shula Burger, a fairly recent offshoot of the Shula steakhouse chain featuring upscale patties of Angus beef, brisket and short rib that can be customized to order or had with everything from LTO to caramelized onions, gruyere, garlic mayo and crushed garlic croutons.
Also on tap: Famous Famiglia Pizza, a fairly generic-sounded pizzeria from the Kolaj family in concert with Florida developer (and former owner of the San Francisco Forty-Niners—Go Niners!) Eddie DeBartolo, Jr; a second local Japango Sushi Thai restaurant; as well as Terra Fiamma, Sebaba Lounge and Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt.
Also in the mix are The Grind Coffee, an offshoot of the Fort Myers coffee shop-roaster, and The Olive Tap, a sibling to the CityPlace boutique that sells a variety of infused olive oils and vinegars. Stick around for more details as they become available.