Latest example: Bad Ragaz Hall & Biergarten (1417 S. Federal Hwy., 561/336-3297), a stylish, German-inflected restaurant and dispenser of fine suds from local chef Alessandro Silvestri. Named for the Swiss town renowned for its hot springs and spas, this Bad Ragaz is not your granddaddy’s dark, heavy old beergarden but a gorgeously chic, sleek space dominated by a circular, blue-domed bar, with white leather booths, communal tables and coolly modernist gray and white color scheme.

Some 24 draft beers and 50 bottled brewskis are offered, with special VIB (Very Important Beer) tables outfitted with their own taps so, in the words of BR’s website, you can “pour your own damn bier.”

Silvestri’s menu mixes German and other cuisines, with everything from housemade pretzel with Bavarian mustard, pork and veal schnitzel, and a roster of sausages to Korean bulgogi sliders, beef Bourguignon and warm chocolate soufflé, all of which sound pretty good to me.