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Fort Lauderdale is Shutting Down

So many restaurants are closing in Fort Lauderdale lately, pretty soon we'll have nothing left. On top of that I really cant think of the last time a good restaurant opened up in the Fort Lauderdale area.

List of recent closings:

Fish, 17th Street Causeway-closed for the summer, scheduled to re-open October 1st, 2008
Louie, Louie, Las Olas Blvd.
D. Wades Restaurant Ft. Lauderdale
Stuffed Grape Leaf
Mark`s Las Olas
Jeff`s Beach House
Round the Bend
The Original Steak House at 17th Street Causeway
Shizen
Cafe Europa

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  1. plenty closing in Delray/Boca too.

    Shore in Delray
    Mark's in Boca
    a few delis in Delray

    I give the Addison North in Delray on Jog a few more weeks at most. Empty parking lot at all times.

    1. Only some of these are a loss. I think the last time a good restaurant opened was Reilly McDermott's.

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      1. re: gblcsw

        No doubt only some are a loss, I was just suprised how many places have closed down recently.

        You're right that Rileys is probably the last place to open, although I think its very average nowdays as well. I live right across the street so I have been there countless times for lunch and dinner, its really hit or miss (and for the prices it shouldnt be). As of late the service has really gone downhill, food is inconsistent (at lunch especially).

        I'm betting they will also leave in the not too far off future, its not nearly busy enough to sustain a place that big -- I read an article a while back and if I remember correctly the place is around 15,000sq /ft and $40/ft. On top of that their competition is only increasing since they are putting a Mortons in the Broward Financial Centre right behind of Riley's... great another steak place.

        1. re: Sobe4u

          Sorry to hear that about Riley's. Haven't been in a while.
          Morton's in Boca is nothing to write home about, so that doesn't excite me either.
          The dirth of fine dining here (along with decent gourmet food venues like Fresh Market) here in Fort Lauderdale, and in Broward in general, has always amazed and dismayed me...There is plenty of money and interest here to support it, one would think.

          1. re: gblcsw

            I totally agree, there are so many people around Fort Lauderdale and Broward in general with money its strange that quality places haven't migrated -- or started here after all this time. It seems all the places that open aren't really anything special and usually close sooner rather than later.

            1. re: Sobe4u

              don't be mystified. I have a theory that more money in an area equates to less quality restaurants. A couple years ago, people in Sarasota were complaining of bad overpriced restaurants--- too much money rewarding too many bad restaurants. we have a lot of chains in Tampa, but we also have lots of humble ethnic eateries, where most of the best food is found. all the best food has percolated from the bottom up throughout history.

      2. Some good Ft Lauderdale news. We are not on this list

        http://www.forbes.com/2008/08/05/equi...

        1. On the other hand, China Grill recently opened in Ft Lauderdale, Chef Johnny V is opening another restaurant next week on Las Olas called Smith & Jones, Yolo recenly opened on Las Olas, Sage Cafe is expanding to Harrison St. in Hollywood next week (Michael's Kitchen spot with the City paid oven...) and Bova Prime recently opened in the Riley McDermott spot. Teal Bistro is opening on Las Olas with a former chef from Mark's and East City Grill

          Yolo looks and sounds like a wanna be Houston's but I am looking forward to heading north next week and trying Smith & Jones. Sage also has potential on Harrison St. and Bova surprisingly has some credibility due to the hiring of the chef at Cero.
          http://www.yolorestaurant.com/
          http://www.sagecafe.net/

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          1. re: The Chowfather

            I neglected to mention that the grand opening of chef Todd English's Northern Italian da Campo Osteria at Il Lugano Hotel & Residences, 3333 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, is set for Thursday; 954-564-4400.

            1. re: The Chowfather

              if you haven't been to Thai Spice on East Commercial, give it a try
              always a local favorite for years

              1. re: lvnddream

                Try Tamarind on Federal in Deerfield for sushi and Thai. Deee-lish!

          2. Palm Beach Gardens recently lost City Kitchen of the Big Time resto group and The Grape, both in Downtown @ The Gardens. Most would say good riddance to them anyway. It's a fierce battle for patrons on PGA Blvd and there will be more failures early next year.

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            1. re: freakerdude

              PBG also lost Off The Vine. It is now Zuccarelli's.

              1. re: Alfred G

                hmmmmmm

            2. Let's face, none of those places were very good. Mark's was played out and over-rated. Cafe Europa and Shizen closed because they were kicked out due to the hotel's planned expansion (which has now been scrapped, so there may be some returns). You did leave out Creolina's, which is one of the few unfortunate losses. O'haras is also gone, due to the same Hotel expansion

              However there have been gains:

              Rileys was purchased by Bova, and will be renamed Bova Prime
              YOLO has opened
              Smith and Jones has opened where Louis Louis was, and is featuring the live music formally at O'Haras. So now we have good music paired with good food and no smoke.
              Morton's is opening a high end restaurant at Broward and US1 shortly

              So out with the old and decrepit, and in with the shiny and new. Its part of an ongoing transformation which has simply been slowed to a crawl by the housing crunch.

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              1. re: LasOlasDude

                In addition Todd English's new restaurant Da Campo Osteria opened last week in Il Lugano... and Jackson's Bar and Grill is opening up sometime soon where Fish used to be on 17th Street.

                1. re: Sobe4u

                  I tried the new Bova Prime last weekend whic is currently being operated by Bova even thought it hasn't been officially announced. However, I didn't see it as much of a "gain." In fact, based on the food and service, I'd find it difficult to return.

              2. Anytime i ever ate at a resto on Las Olas Blvd, it was mediocre at best.