One thing no semi-urban retail complex can do and prosper is stand still. And at CityPlace they’re certainly keeping the wheels turning, with several new eateries opening recently and a couple more set to debut soon. Among the openings are:
- Revolutions Bowling, Bar & Grille (477 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/203-6188), the posh entertainment center that took over virtually an entire block, cramming into its 35,000 square feet 20 bowling lanes, a games arcade, stage for live music, pool tables, VIP room, restaurant and bar. The lengthy menu is chock full of crowd-pleasing dishes from burgers, pizzas and pastas to lobster ceviche, fish tacos and grilled steaks.
- Decks Fish Market (700 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/822-9988), the mural-bedecked upper level seafood eatery that catches the piscine baton from such departed CityPlace seafood purveyors as McCormick & Schmick’s and Legal Seafood. The menu has a something of a New England focus, with dishes like clam chowder, lobster roll and fried clam strips sharing menu space with more Florida-y type dishes like conch fritters, coconut-crusted shrimp and grilled mahi.
- Two more casual spots are also up and running. There’s another outpost of Moe’s Southwest Grill (460 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/659-0361), the Chipotle-esque fast-casual neo-Mexican eatery (that I actually prefer to the Chipotle Goliath). Also yet one more Auntie Anne’s (650 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/366-9582), purveyor of sweet and savory pretzels (and dipping sauces) and pretzel-wrapped hotdogs to hungry shoppers.
- And there are two more places set to open. One is Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen, a beer-centric restaurant and club with live music and all-American eats. More interesting is 100 Montaditos, a Spanish import that’s made a big splash in Miami and is expanding throughout South Florida. Montaditos are tapa-sized sandwiches that sell for from $1 to $2.50, everything from a basic serrano ham and olive oil to a more elaborate meatballs, bacon, Parmesan and marinara. And, yes, there are 100 of them.