Avant in Delray Closes, La Trova Introduces ’80s Bar

(Photo by Christiana Lilly)

Delray Beach’s Avant has closed

Opened shortly after Hurricane Irma’s assault, in October 2017, its short life was a lot like that storm, not really sure where it was going. The restaurant started serving brunch in February, but that obviously wasn’t enough to overcome the problems.

This week, warning signs went up on the doors indicating that “equipment in this establishment is owned by Restaurant Beverage Service, Inc.” The restaurant did not respond to our call.

80’s 305 Bar at Café La Trova

The “immersive, ‘80s-themed back bar” at Julio Cabrera and Michelle Bernstein’s new restaurant opens Friday at 9 p.m. Only open on weekends, it has 12 cocktails, all priced at $12 each.

Some examples: Hurricane (light and dark Cruzan rum, passion fruit puree, orange and lime juices, allspice dram, sugar, grenadine and absinthe); The Vesper aperitivo (Tanqueray Ten gin, Ketel One vodka, Cocchi Americano, orange bitters) and a lot more that sound as if you get more than you pay for. Always a good thing in Miami. There are seven beers that are $7 each (La Flaca, J. Wakefield brewery; Cigar City Maduro, Tampa), 14 wines and two Champagnes.

971 SW Eighth St., Miami; 786/615-4379; cafelatrova.com


Look for two new locations to open in Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach this year.