Local Dining Update: Openings, Closings, and More

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We are pivoting to try the new ways of eating out, and restaurants continue to try new ways of serving up menus. We are also still seeing new restaurants opening on the local dining scene, which is wonderful.

Copperfish Kitchen opens in Boca Center

Copperfish Kitchen, 5250 Town Center, Boca Raton; 561/391-3474; https://copperfishkitchen.com/our-story/ Owner George Anagnostou, who bought Delray’s Apeiro Mediterranean last summer, has just opened this seafood-centric venue. He’s a restaurateur from Maryland, where he’s owned the Timbuktu restaurant in Hanover for years. It’s a popular seafood spot, and that’s what he has in mind with Copperfish, where all kinds of fresh seafood plates are on the menu. 

Open for lunch and dinner daily. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Grato To Go and a Beer/Pizza Pop-Up

The downtown West Palm Beach Italian restaurant Grato – part of Chef/Owner Clay Conley’s group – has been retrofitted as a preparation/distribution area to provide meals for those affected by the virus shutdown. Buccan Provisions is a non-profit created with donations to “mobilize for emergency food relief.” 

So inside seating for Grato is gone now, with curbside and delivery orders available from a revamped menu that adds new dishes to some old favorites, including weekend brunch. You can take that home, or try the new Civil Society Brewery Company & Grato’s Beer & Pizza Garden Pop-Up. Right around the corner from Grato, this garden has picnic tables and umbrellas, with food delivered from Grato while you try Civil Society’s brews on tap or Grato’s bottled cocktails. 

Seating and ordering are done while socially distant. Beer & Pizza Pop-Up hours: Monday-Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Civil Society Brewing Company, 425 Kanuga Dr., West Palm Beach (also a Jupiter location); 561/444-3538; https://civilsocietybrewing.com 

Grato To Go, 1901 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/404-1334; https://www.gratowpb.com/dinner

A la carte

  • We will be losing a lot of restaurants because of the virus shutdown, and a victim in the local dining scene was Boca’s JJ’s Café & Deli. 
  • On the move: Word is that the popular spot, Stresa Italian Restaurant, on West Palm Beach’s Okeechobee Boulevard, is moving after more than 20 years to an undisclosed location later this year. The good news is that it will still serve up some of the best traditional dishes in the area. 

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