Last year was, to say the least, an unpredictable one for restaurants here and everywhere. As we enter into 2021, here are new venues that have opened already or will soon in Palm Beach County, along with a handful of permanent closures.
Ambassador Grill, 2730 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach; 561/473-9799: Inside a beachfront co-op property is this venue serving lobster rolls, burgers, hot dogs, NY strip steaks, chicken dishes and more. Open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with a complimentary valet and daily happy hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The outside patio dining is accessible without having to go through the restaurant’s main dining room. Takeout orders are also offered.
BurgerFi, 9674 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 561/453-4300; https://www.burgerfi.com/ This new location opened at Uptown Boca Plaza on Jan. 1. Started 10 years ago in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, this chain has expanded all over SoFla. This is the second Boca location.
Kickback Neighborhood Tavern, 12771 West Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington: In the former Backstreets Bar and Grill location is a “family-friendly restaurant and watering hole,” which opened in mid-December. It has an eight-tap beer system and craft cocktails.
Pura Vida, 460 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; https://puravidamiami.com Now open in Rosemary Square, this is the sixth location for the SoFla chain. It’s a fast-casual eatery that has all-day breakfast items, superfood smoothies, fresh juices, salads, wraps and bowls and gluten-free and vegan sweets.. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COMING THIS MONTH:
Tropical Smokehouse, 3815 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach: Headed by Chef Rick Mace, formerly of Café Boulud, and Jason Lakow, one of the Mazie’s founders, this will be a casual BBQ place on Dixie Highway. It’s in the former Mazie’s spot, and will feature a custom 500-gallon smoker. That means lots of pork, smoked chicken and turkey and housemade chicken chorizo. And another smoker that’s for fish. Smoked fish dip, anyone? Look for some Caribbean influences, as well as Florida citrus.
Elisabetta’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, 185 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach; Opening in mid-January with Executive Chef Andris Salmanis, a Big Time Restaurant Group veteran who most recently served as the executive chef at the Delray Beach location. The beverage director for Elisabetta’s is Ervin Machado, and he’s also the same for Louie Bossi’s. Dinner will be served daily, Lunch Monday-Friday, brunch on Saturday-Sundays. Valet parking offered, as well public parking garages. The first Elisabetta’s opened in Delray Beach on Atlantic Avenue in 2019.
Warren, 15084 Lyons Road, Delray Beach; On the southeast corner of West Atlantic Avenue and Lyons Road is a new venue from Jeff John, who also opened C.W.S. Bar & Kitchen in Lake Worth. Scheduled to open in mid-January, it will have more than 1,000 bottles of scotch and bourbon, with inside and outside dining.
Delray Beach Market, 33 SE Third Ave., Delray Beach ; 561/562-7000 or DelrayBeachMarket.com; With a number of restaurants planned for opening this spring:
- Sorella’s, an artisanal pasta restaurant
- Bona Bona, ice cream with a boozy streak
- Tekka Bar, a hand-roll and sake joint for sushi connoisseurs
- Tiffin Box, an Indian restaurant
And here’s an updated list of venues that have closed permanently:
- Mad Robot Brewing Company, Boca Raton
- The Frog Lounge, Delray Beach
- Hashi Sushi & Thai, Boca Raton
- Localgreens, Delray Beach
- Zinburger, Town Center, Boca Raton
- Jupiter Donuts, Boca Raton
- Brio Tuscan Grille, Boca Raton
- JJ’s Café & Deli, Boca Raton
- Mazie’s, West Palm Beach
- Tapeo, West Palm Beach
- Suri Tapas Bar, Lake Worth Beach
- Village Tavern, Boynton Beach
- Bar Louie, Boynton Beach
- Pizza Girls, West Palm Beach location
- Le Macaron Delray, Delray Beach
- Callaro’s Prime Steakhouse, Lake Worth Beach
- Chez Jean Pierre Bistro, Palm Beach