American Craft Aleworks Opens Today, and More Summer Specials

Chargrilled octopus at Aleworks (Photo by Marco Garcia, Restaurant Suite 360)

American Craft Aleworks opens today on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, where the former Bar Louie’s operated. It will have a brewery, with head brewer Erik Miller, who hails from Cleveland. And it promises to be open till 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays.

The kitchen is headed by Executive Chef Samantha Kittay, recently of Boca Raton’s Prezzo. Owner is Rich Simon, who has opened restaurants in Fort Lauderdale and comes from a pizzeria-owning family.

In addition to a brewery, the venue will have two full bars, a lounge and outdoor seating. The 1923 building has a “speakeasy” themed décor with Chicago bricks, ironwork and Prohibition-era artwork. The menu will use “locally sourced produce, meats and seafood, seasonally.”

Serving lunch and dinner daily, along with weekend brunch, hours are Monday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

American Craft Aleworks, 200 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-425-5799;

Pistache puts food movies with dinner specials

Here’s a fun concept: Once a month during May, June and July, Pistache French Bistro will show a food-centric film in its private dining room and offer specials inspired by or shown in the film. For food film fans like me, that sounds fabulous!

Films that may be shown include Paris Can Wait, Julie & Julia, Chocolat and more. The Pistache Cinema dates are May 21, June 18, July 23.

Pistache French Bistro, 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/833-5090;

Café Centro specials for May include brunch, wine dinner

Northwood neighborhood’s Café Centro will partner with Feeling Fine Canine and Equine Resque each month for brunch that also features animals for adoption. The brunch will also feature a brewery partner. On May 19, Café Centro and Due South Brewing will host a prix-fixe brunch for $35 per person from noon to 3 p.m.

On May 21, a wine dinner will have four courses and four wines from sparkling rose to chianti classico reserve to pinot noit and port. Cost is $70 per person.

On May 28, a guest bartending series will start from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Tim Klinefelter (owner of Northwood’s former Hutton venue), who will serve his popular Manhattan cocktail. A portion of each sale will be donated to No Kid Hungry.

Café Centro, 2409 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/514-4070;

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