New beginnings: Two new businesses and a retirement

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Stay at home with upscale takeout: Cravy comes to Boca

If you live in or near Boca Raton, and you’re hankering for barbecue or upscale tacos and other restaurant meals, but you don’t want to leave your dining room, now you can call Cravy. It’s a West Palm Beach-based food technology company, meaning it brings the meals to you from some good restaurants.

Service to the Boca Raton area just started, and restaurant partners include Racks, Farm House, Rocco’s Tacos, Cheesecake Factory, Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill, Hooters and Zingers Deli. New restaurants will continue to be added. Click here to see menu options and place your order.

Celebrate with the staff at Rocco’s Tacos Boca Raton

There will be a bigger party than normal on Nov. 29 at Rocco’s Tacos Boca Raton (5250 Town Center Circle, 561/416-2131), where the director of bar operations, Richie Panella, will celebrate his retirement. Actually, the entire restaurant staff is celebrating, and that means Rocco Mangel will be there pouring free tequila. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be complimentary appetizers, a cash bar (including the famous margaritas, pictured) and entertainment. The party benefits the Demalteris Family, in memory of their father and Rocco’s friend, Vito.

In December: Grato to open in West Palm Beach

The Belvedere Road to Okeechobee Boulevard section of Dixie Highway has been undergoing a serious renovation in the past year or so. It’s continuing with the addition of Grato, a restaurant slated to open in December at 1901 S. Dixie Highway, from Chef Clay Conley and his partners in Buccan Group. Known for popular Buccan on Palm Beach, Grato (means “grateful” in Italian) will bring the James Beard Award-nominated chef’s delicious Italian dishes to West Palm Beach, such as the Bucatini Carbonara (pictured). Enjoy the tastes inside a comfortable, modern trattoria-inspired surrounding. Word is the restaurant will seat 150 and will serve dinner seven nights a week, eventually including lunch and weekend brunch. Visit the website for more info.