Caffe Martier and The Old Arcade, the downtown Delray Beach bar/eatery/speakeasy duo on Atlantic Avenue, is closing on March 30, “due to unforeseen circumstances,” and is looking for another location, according to Facebook posts. There will be a limited menu this week, with a “Martier madness” night on March 30 featuring a bar party with $4 beers and other end-of-our-existence specials.
In its place and starting an extensive, reported $2 million renovation project on April 2, will be The Wine Room, a second location for owner Bruce Simberg, who opened the first in Winter Park, Florida in 2006.
The Wine Room in Winter Park has more than 150 wines you can sample in 1-, 2.5- or 5-ounce pours from the Enomatic dispensing machines. It also has a tapas menu, specialty cheeses, and microbrews and draft beers. Impressively, it has earned multiple Best of Award of Excellence designations from Wine Spectator. Those are not common, and this news should cheer up all local oenophiles.
The Enomatic machines are also planned for the Delray location along with a full kitchen, wine tastings, a rare-wine room with some choices from Simberg’s personal wine collection, cheeses selected by fromage expert/author Max McCalman (also a partner in this venture), and Champagne tastings. The kitchen is expected to be open daily from brunch till close.
And The Old Arcade (built in 1925, it’s the oldest bar in Delray) will be open as a full bar, which is good news. Did I mention The Wine Room will sell wine? Yep. Simberg expects about 600 bottles to be for sale. All of this should open later this year.
Simberg is a managing partner of the Conroy Simberg insurance defense firm, with offices throughout Florida, as well as Thomasville, Georgia.
Mazie’s opening date set in West Palm Beach
The long-anticipated opening of Mazie’s has a definite date now.
On April 2*, owners Chef Eric Baker (formerly of Max’s Harvest) and General Manager Jason Lakow (formerly of Café Boulud), will open the restaurant in West Palm Beach.
The dinner menu includes starter dishes such as a half dozen oysters, pigs in a blanket, Morrocan lamb knish, smoked fish; daily specials – for instance, Tuesday/Beef Stroganoff, Thursday/Lobster Thermidor; and a la carte dishes chop suey spatzle, lamb meatloaf, crab lasagna, sweet & sour brisket and more. It’s a “new takes on Old-World comfort food.” There’s a lot of that going around, and that’s fine with me.
* Editor’s note: It was originally reported that the restaurant was opening March 30.
3815 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/323-2573. Brunch hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; weekends, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. daily; happy hour is 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, writer and author Scott Eyman.