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Jan 5, 2009 04:06 PM

Palm Beach County closings

Rosa's Mexicana in Downtown @ The Gardens and Spoto's in downtown WPB have both closed. Spoto's in PBG on PGA will remain open.

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  1. Wow! Spoto's downtown was an institution.

    10 Replies
    1. re: Alfred G

      I caught this on the news and they said Spoto's lunch crowd was still good but their dinner crowd had dropped substantially. Also, this was the only Rosa's location throughout the US that was doing very poorly. Too many other high end contenders in the area I believe.

      1. re: freakerdude

        I heard that Aqua Grill closed down in Legacy place.

        1. re: lync0091

          Aqua Grill and Amazonia have done horribly since they opened. I frequent the Greenwise Publix in Legacy and these places are always a ghost town, even on weekend evenings.

          1. re: freakerdude

            Strip House also closed, Can;'t believe it stayed open as long as it was! I understan d pricing BUT the least expensive red wine by the bottle can be bought retail for $7.95 and it was on their list for $50!!!

            1. re: cfisch

              This makes a total of 4 major closings in Downtown At The Gardens in just over 2 months. Downtown @ TG appears to be imploding. I have never quite understood the concept of an outdoor mall. To me, it's just a place to go eat and leave.

              City Kitchen
              The Grape
              Rosa's Mexicana
              Strip House

              1. re: freakerdude

                capri blu in Palm Beach is closing tonight.

            2. re: freakerdude

              It is of no suprise to have just read that Amazonia in Legacy Place has closed.

                1. re: pdpredtide

                  That and the fact that parking was inconvenient at that location in legacy place which has proven to be an issue with the overall vacancy around that traffic circle. With the exception of capital grill which has yet to prove itself (only open for a few months now), it seems that the upscale dining in Legacy Place hasn't worked out. Not taking into consideration the fact that PGA is overcrowded with dining options, I think restaurateurs should take a lesson from those that have closed off of PGA - those that don't have the direct visibility from PGA (Legacy Place, Downtown at the Gardens) have really struggled and most have closed. It's not coincidence that both places have parking issues as well. I've heard that Cheesecake Factory at Downtown at the Gardens is their worst performing store in the country. I wouldn't be surprised as they're generally packed elsewhere, and struggle to fill seats here. Don't be surprised if they close their doors soon too.

                  1. re: ash0529

                    parking is an interesting issue. Boca is going to start parking meters at Mizner Park shortly. I wonder how many restaurants and bars will be affected by that?

        2. The Addison Steak House on Jog in Delray has closed down.

          1. Trying to revive this thread:

            I live in NYC and visit my dad 4-5 times a year -- he lives in PBG. He's not very adventurous, likes to stick with what he already knows, and since neither of us can cook, we end up going to the same places over and over:

            *Kevin's Dockside (for breakfast)
            *Spoto's (never had a bad meal there)
            *Cafe Chardonnay
            *3 Forks

            *Kocomo's was one of the spots in our repertoire, but it closed a few months ago. Prices were on the expensive side and the awful location couldn't have helped.

            Since my dad likes a good meal but isn't exactly on top of the dining scene in PBG (he doesn't have a computer -- I've tried explaning Chowhound to him!), can anyone suggest a new restaurant to try on my next visit, which is soon? He's undergoing chemo, so a drive to Palm Beach is probably too far -- within a 15 minute drive of central PBG, let's say.

            Thanks for any help.

            1. From the PB Post, Clematis Social in downtown WPB closed June 27th only after 6 months of operation. Also, a Downtown At The Gardens lender has filed for foreclosure against the shopping center.

              1. I am truly very happy that Rosa Mexicana has closed.

                We had dinner there a year or so ago and it was the worst dining expierence I have ever had. The food is not even edible. The mole and sauces were horribly cold. We don't eat pork, and told the server, host, and manager that we dont, and even told them when I called to make a reservation, and during dinner, there was a heapful of chorizo-spiced beans on everyone's plate. The tableside guacamole had hair in it. The shrimp were nearly frozen from the inside....
                To add more fuel to the fire, when we asked for the GM, he said that they would "remake" the dishes but at cost equivalent to the price of the dish. We literally walked out, and spent nearly 120 dollars on the most worthless mean ever. We could've fed 120 children in an impoverished country for that much...

                Rosa Mexicana...karma is a beautiful thing.
                Sorry for the outburst.

                Oh yeah, management at the corp. office in NY didnt even respond to our long letter we wrote to them after this incident.