Restaurants Reimagining and Renovating, SoFla Style

Rendering of Max's Grille's new service bar

Summer in South Florida means slowing down with temps hitting high notes. It means fewer cars on the road; it means reservations for your fave restaurant aren’t usually required. It means some restaurants limit hours and days, some limit menus, but usually not all at the same time.

See two restaurants with renovating and “reimagining” plans this summer:

Max’s Grille renovating “Great Room”

The long-standing Max’s Grillethe only original restaurant still in Mizner Park (since 1991), which is saying somethingis undergoing a renovation of its “Great Room” this summer.

Starting July 8, only the indoor front dining room, indoor/outdoor bar areas and the patio will be open and serving diners until September.

Additions will include a 16-foot-tall service bar, a custom abstract mural by Ruben Ubiera (the SoFla artist who created Delray’s El Camino mural, WPB parking garage murals, et al) and new lighting, tables, chairs, and paint. It will be given a new outfit for the upcoming season. Sounds like a reason to visit the new bar and celebrate!

More renovations are on the calendar for the 2020 summer, but we’ll worry about those then.

Max’s Grille, Mizner Park, 404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561/368-0080;

Hai House undergoes ‘reimagining’ during summer

Hai House Sweet & Sour Chicken

While it sounds like something you’d find at a Disney ride, “reimagining” in the restaurant world means change is coming.

In this case, it’s the Hai House Chinese restaurant on Worth Avenue that’s undergoing a metamorphosis. Here’s the plan: For July and August, the venue is open only on Friday and Saturdays, with a limited menu, and Happy Hour and a prix-fixe summer dining deal (two for $50). In September, the restaurant will be open to those making reservations through the month-long Flavor Palm Beach program, with a prix-fixe, three-course menu. In October, the restaurant will relaunch with a new menu and extended days/hours.

Thank You Come Again

The sister venue, TYCA (Thank You Come Again), that opened in February is gone (more on that later) and has been replaced with Nice Rice, a take-out and delivery spot. Orders will be taken from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly. Order online for take-out and delivery to Palm Beach or West Palm Beach via Cravy, UberEats, DoorDash and Grubhuh. Nice Rice opened today.

Supposedly, TYCA will reopen in 2020 somewhere in Palm Beach County. Whew.

Hai House, 150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach; 561/766-1075;