If you’ve dined at Reef Road Restaurant and Rum Bar (223 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561-838-9099) lately and didn’t hear that giant sucking sound of, well. . . sucking, thank Tarik Solomon and Alexander Tomasso.
The pair of Rhode Island niteclub operators who flit between there and South Florida took over the vaguely Tiki-ish downtown West Palm property, “overhauled and rehabilitated” the menu, service and ambiance, and announced it to the world via a press release headlined: “We Don’t Suck Anymore!”
Chef Russell Chaney has revamped the menu, which features everything from honey-glazed salmon with jicama-mango salsa and penne with chicken, wild mushrooms and smoked gouda cream sauce to DIY seafood and sides and eight-ounce burgers made from a blend of ground chuck, brisket and short rib.
There’s also a roster of 118 rums and mixological cocktail program crafted by Jess Hiller of the way-trendy Mondrian South Beach.
Service issues, which I noted in a review last year, have been dealt with too, says Solomon, who admits that his brutally honest missive was born out of “frustration” at the “slow process” of shaking the restaurant’s previous reputation. He did note, however, that it “gets the point across.”