Here’s an update about new restaurants to try, and planned openings we’re looking forward to seeing:
Open to try now…
This is the newest incarnation of Smoke BBQ, which lived on Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue until it closed in 2017. There’s also a Fort Lauderdale location. Specializing in brisket, pastrami, ribs, chicken and Texas jalapeño-cheddar sausage. Everything is smoked in-house. 555 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561/430-3348; eatbbqnow.com
Inside the Fifth Avenue Shopping center is the third location for this fast-casual venue that offers meals in bowls. There are created bowls, and you can also put together your own combination. 1914 NE Fifth Ave., Boca Raton; 561/341-0496; beehive-kitchen.com
On our dining menu soon…
This is a southern expansion for a popular restaurant born of a food truck in Boynton Beach. Offering both catering and in-house dishes, fans will find tasty barbecue for ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket, rib tips and more. 2399 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; bbqtroys.com
This is the second Oceanic location built by LM Restaurants based in Raleigh, N.C. The first is at the base of the Wrightsville Beach, NC, pier, and is closed now, needing repairs from Hurricane Florence. The new oceanfront venue will be next to the Pompano Beach pier—just south of Pompano Beach House—and is expected to open in April. 250 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach; oceanicpompano.com
Elisabetta’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria
The former 32 East restaurant space was initially going to be another version of a Louie Bossi restaurant. But the Big Time Restaurant Group (City Oyster, City Cellar, Rocco’s Tacos, Big City Tavern, Grease Burger) decided to change it up. They’re opening Elisabetta’s as a nod to their partner and exec Chef Lisabet Summa. Opening scheduled for May. 32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; bigtimerestaurants.com
True Food Kitchen
The popular healthful eating restaurant, with Dr. Andrew Weil as a partner, has a location in Boca’s Town Center and two more planned in Palm Beach County—the Gardens mall location will open in 2020 and then West Palm Beach’s CityPlace will also sport a spot for the chain. The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; truefoodkitchen.com
We’ve heard that…
Jeremy Bearman of Oceano Kitchen in Lantana is working to open a larger venue in West Palm Beach’s CityPlace. That will be terrific and we hope it happens soon!
Chez L’Epicier in Palm Beach is closing on April 27 after five years. Owners Laurent Godbout and Veronique Deneault are closing their two restaurants (the other has been in Montreal for 20 years) to travel in an Airstream they’ve renovated.
Food Network celeb Guy Fieri and Planet Hollywood founder Robert Earl are opening their second fast-food restaurant, this one in Miami’s Aventura Mall. It’s called Chicken Guy! and dishes chicken tenders with 22 sauces. Because you need that with your nuggets. The first Guy! opened in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World in 2018. Apparently the nuggets and sauces are flying out the door. Fieri announced this new location (supposed to open this year) during his SOBEWFF 2019 appearance.