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freakerdude Jan 5, 2009 04:06 PM

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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    Alfred G RE: freakerdude Jan 7, 2009 05:34 PM

    Wow! Spoto's downtown was an institution.

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      freakerdude RE: Alfred G Jan 7, 2009 07:31 PM

      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.

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        lync0091 RE: freakerdude Jan 7, 2009 08:18 PM

        I heard that Aqua Grill closed down in Legacy place.

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          freakerdude RE: lync0091 Jan 8, 2009 10:14 AM

          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.

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            cfisch RE: freakerdude Jan 8, 2009 10:31 AM

            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!!!

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              freakerdude RE: cfisch Jan 9, 2009 04:25 AM

              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

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                lync0091 RE: freakerdude Jan 10, 2009 11:42 AM

                capri blu in Palm Beach is closing tonight.

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              freakerdude RE: freakerdude Jul 6, 2009 05:11 PM

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

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                pdpredtide RE: freakerdude Jul 7, 2009 08:39 PM

                expanded too quick too soon

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                  ash0529 RE: pdpredtide Jul 8, 2009 05:59 AM

                  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.

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                    smartie RE: ash0529 Jul 8, 2009 03:30 PM

                    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?

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          smartie RE: freakerdude Jan 15, 2009 05:12 PM

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

          1. tanno RE: freakerdude Feb 18, 2009 07:18 PM

            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. freakerdude RE: freakerdude Jul 6, 2009 10:00 AM

              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.

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                sis22 RE: freakerdude Jul 6, 2009 08:46 PM

                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.

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                  JackGlasser RE: freakerdude Jul 23, 2009 05:43 AM

                  Has Hayashi on Northlake closed??/

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                    freakerdude RE: JackGlasser Jul 23, 2009 09:57 AM

                    I wished I could help since I live in NPB north of Northlake. I don't visit sushi restos though, so I really have no clue. I can do a drive by since I know where it is but that would be the only info I could provide.

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                      JackGlasser RE: freakerdude Jul 25, 2009 07:21 AM

                      Thank you. That would be most helpful.

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                        freakerdude RE: JackGlasser Jul 25, 2009 03:06 PM

                        They are still open....5 to 10:30 on Saturdays.

                        Hayashi Japanese Restaurant
                        Publix Gardens Town Square Plaza
                        4204 Northlake Blvd, Palm Beach Gdns, FL‎
                        (561) 624-7444‎

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                          JackGlasser RE: freakerdude Jul 26, 2009 08:40 AM

                          Thank you. It is open only one day a week, then/ Jack Another question. Any suggestions on the way to the Resort on Singer Island, off I-95 for lunch midday, Wednesday upon arrival from airport> Blue Heron or North Lake.,etc.

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                            freakerdude RE: JackGlasser Jul 26, 2009 09:02 PM

                            There's nothing on Blue Heron between I-95 and US1 for you. You could hit Vietnamese Express Cafe if you care for viet food. It's ~ 1/2 mile north of Northlake on US-1 next to Park Ave. BBQ.


                            Or you could hit any place on PGA Blvd - Spoto's Oyster House, Vic & Angelos, or La Trattoria for something a step up from the small and casual VEC.




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                              JackGlasser RE: freakerdude Jul 27, 2009 06:15 AM

                              thank you. jack

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                                gatormartini RE: freakerdude Dec 22, 2010 04:46 PM

                                Or you could visit Nature's Way Cafe at 420 US Hwy #1, NPB, FL 33408 - open from 9 am to 4:30 pm - M-F and Sat 11 am to 3 pm. Closed on Sundays. Produce & chicken salads are prepped fresh every day! Delicious! Try the chicken walnut raisin salad or honey curry chicken salad! Right in the same area but overlooked. Very friendly staff - wiliing to make recommendations and accommodate special requests!

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                                ash0529 RE: JackGlasser Jul 27, 2009 06:17 AM

                                If you take Northlake and make a right at US1, there's a place called The Brass Ring. Arguably the best buger in PB county. Great wings too. It's a true dive, but always packed, and generally a mixed crowd. ex - Last time I was there there was a ferari next to a group of Harleys.

                      2. pikiliz RE: freakerdude Jul 26, 2009 05:50 PM

                        Just found out today that Mario's of delray is closed they had great meat and really great subs(561) 499-7019
                        14530 Military Trl Delray Beach, FL 33484

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                          Alfred G RE: pikiliz Jul 26, 2009 09:06 PM

                          Wow! That's bad news.

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                            RickL RE: pikiliz Jul 27, 2009 06:16 AM

                            Mario's is closed but they are moving to a new location. They're reopening in the plaza on the southeast corner of Military and Atlantic with the Bed, Bath, and Beyond store. I don't know if the store will be any bigger but at least there will be plenty of parking. I believe that the new location will open sometime in August.

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                              pikiliz RE: RickL Jul 27, 2009 07:20 AM

                              thank goodness I love that place, I go there for there sausages when I am to Lazy to make my own

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                              kristinaricci RE: pikiliz Dec 29, 2009 12:08 PM

                              Hi I am actually a part owner in the business Mario's Market. We have closed our old location and have actually moved across the street in the Bed Bath and Beyond Shopping center. It is located on the SE corner of military tr. and atlantic. We have the same phone number and the new address is:
                              14816 S. Military Tr.
                              Delray Beach, FL 33484
                              Please stop by and see our new location. Thanks!

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                                Alfred G RE: kristinaricci Dec 29, 2009 09:16 PM

                                Lovely new store.

                            3. freakerdude RE: freakerdude Feb 14, 2010 02:11 PM

                              Dune Dog II in PBG at the Promenade has closed and re-opened as Ziggys Hot Dogs. Dune Dog II did not do well and they reduced the dining room by half within the first 9 months or so I believe.

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                                freakerdude RE: freakerdude Sep 9, 2010 10:23 AM

                                Ziggy's closed quickly there after.

                              2. CFByrne RE: freakerdude Feb 19, 2010 04:35 AM

                                RIP Kyoto in Delray's Pineapple Grove area. Was hot spot in town when it first spun off from Yama around 2001. In recent years crowds diminished - possibly too much Asian competition in small area (Lemongrass, Blue Fin, Ziree, new Yama)?

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                                  albee RE: CFByrne Dec 23, 2010 03:49 AM

                                  Where is the new Yama ?

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                                    CFByrne RE: albee Jan 11, 2011 09:26 AM

                                    The new Yama is up on NE 2nd Avenue in Pineapple Grove. About 3 blocks N of Atlantic, near Brulee, Cafe Veri Amici, Dolce Amore, etc

                                2. freakerdude RE: freakerdude May 25, 2010 09:55 AM

                                  Hot off the press....Ouzo Blue in PBG and Lake Worth suddenly closed their doors

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                                    Alfred G RE: freakerdude Jun 2, 2010 12:38 PM

                                    Just received news that Ocean Grill on PGA, is closed down -- at least for the summer.

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                                      freakerdude RE: Alfred G Jul 25, 2010 08:28 PM

                                      Ocean Grill on PGA has closed for good at this location. The sign is gone and the space is now for rent.

                                    2. freakerdude RE: freakerdude Sep 9, 2010 10:18 AM

                                      From the PB Post, Shorty's BBQ on PGA in PBG has closed it's doors. Chef Michael Blum has opened Holy Smoke's American Bistro & Bar in this location serving ribs, pasta, seafood, pizza.

                                      This location has no road frontage, so they have that to contend with. This is the third resto to try out this spot.

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                                        Alfred G RE: freakerdude Oct 13, 2010 12:47 PM

                                        Wild Olives, the Todd English cafe next to Macy’s, has closed in CityPlace. It’s possible it may move to a different spot in the shopping center; stay tuned…

                                        Pizza Fusion closed its Palm Beach Gardens shop. The one in Wellington closed, became Lombardi’s and that, also has closed…

                                        Blue Fish, a seafoodery on Atlantic Avenue, has closed…

                                        Nicole’s Tavern in Wellington closed rather abruptly, leaving its many fans surprised. No word as to what might have happened…

                                        Chrissy’s Sweet Treats, a favorite, if somewhat hidden bakery in Delray’s downtown area, is closed…awaiting word on whether a relocation is possible, or an online store is in the works.

                                        1. CFByrne RE: freakerdude Jan 11, 2011 09:29 AM

                                          Not exactly fine dining news... but looks like Rita's Italian Ices just off Atlantic in Delray's Pineapple Grove may have gone under.

                                          They were closed Christmas week - one of the busiest of the year - and a sign soon appeared "Reopening Jan 1!".

                                          Still there... and it looks pretty empty inside.

                                          Meanwhile, at least 3 new "dessert" stores are about to open on The Ave, all within a few blocks of the most succesful, Kilwins. An Italian ice type place, a self-serve frozen yogurt store, and a "gourmet popsicle" store.

                                          We'll see how that all works out...

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                                            larfied RE: freakerdude Mar 7, 2011 11:13 AM

                                            Has Surf Sliders in Delray (Atlantic and A1A) closed? Dark on Friday night when I drove past. They always seemed so busy.

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                                              CFByrne RE: larfied Mar 7, 2011 01:42 PM

                                              Yes, Surf Sliders closed. Soon to be a Burger-Fi.

                                              I posted this in the Delray Coming Soon thread last week... right after the announcement they were Opening, last year...


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                                                freakerdude RE: CFByrne Mar 21, 2011 05:04 PM

                                                Surf Sliders....we hardly even knew you.

                                            2. freakerdude RE: freakerdude Mar 21, 2011 05:02 PM

                                              Qban in PBG at the Promenade on A1A Alt. has closed their doors. I ate there once and never went back. But it should be good news for Mr. Greek Taverna who just opened up next door.

                                              1. CFByrne RE: freakerdude Apr 23, 2011 01:26 AM

                                                Cafe Veri Amici in Delray's Pineapple Grove looks to have closed.


                                                Friday night at 7PM no sign of life, tables stacked etc.

                                                However, there did seem to be some new signage on the awning that I didn't recall. Could be reopening under new management /name shortly.

                                                This area seems to be coming to life - Brulee, Joseph's Wine Bar, Yama all have nice crowds pretty consistently these days, I think all those condos and apartments built pre-bust may finally be filling up and starting to provide a "local" customer base.

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                                                  smartie RE: freakerdude Jun 12, 2011 04:59 PM

                                                  seems that Zed 451 in Mizner has shut. I did like that place but it's position at the end of Mizner Park probably didn't help and it was expensive.

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                                                    freakerdude RE: smartie Jun 13, 2011 09:53 AM

                                                    Add to that L’Escalier at the Breakers on Palm Beach island.

                                                  2. CFByrne RE: freakerdude Jul 23, 2011 05:36 AM

                                                    I have a feeling Rib Bizz has gone Outta Bizz. Closed two times I drove by recently. Drove up yesterday, sign on window not promising:
                                                    "Closed for upcoming July 4 Weekend. Reopening middle of next week".
                                                    So that would have been around July 6... it is now July 23.

                                                    Oh well... will just go to Boca Smokehouse down the road which was fantastic on recent return visit.

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                                                      flfoodie2 RE: CFByrne Aug 3, 2011 04:32 PM

                                                      I think Smokehouse closed the Federal Hwy location. Called there today and the message said they moved to Yamato Road, which I had thought was going to be a second location.

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                                                        freakerdude RE: flfoodie2 Aug 3, 2011 06:01 PM

                                                        You are correct. Yamato was supposed to be the 2nd location but now is their only location.

                                                    2. freakerdude RE: freakerdude Aug 1, 2011 11:47 AM

                                                      Kona Grill at City Place has now closed it's doors.

                                                      1. freakerdude RE: freakerdude Aug 2, 2011 09:15 AM

                                                        Zuccarelli's in PBG PGA Commons West has closed their doors.

                                                        The Lodge Bar and Grill in Boca Raton has closed. Boca Burger Bar soon to open in it's location?

                                                        Rib Bizz will not be missed.

                                                        Oh my, Florida summers can be very brutal to the resto biz.

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                                                          CFByrne RE: freakerdude Aug 2, 2011 09:31 AM

                                                          There's a couple of Italian restos I know of that, lately, have more staff than customers.

                                                          I expect to be reporting on one or both here in the coming weeks.

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                                                            coffeyucf RE: freakerdude Aug 2, 2011 12:20 PM

                                                            That stinks about the lodge. I had always heard great things about that place and there beer selection. Well I guess it's too late now.

                                                            Also looks like rum shack in downtown lake worth closed. They had some good dishes most notably the gorgonzola tater tots. In even more disturbing news Brogues is turning into an Australian bar. Right now they're calling it brogues down under. However i think they plan to rename it boomerangs or some crap like that.

                                                            I always enjoyed downtown lake worth. Though this certainly hurts. I guess when I go up there to enjoy downtown pizza it will be with a lot less drinks in me.

                                                          2. freakerdude RE: freakerdude Aug 3, 2011 08:28 AM

                                                            Gulfstream Cafe in Jupiter has closed. Word was that CentraArchy Restaurant Group couldn't sell the place after their Tavern resto closed it's doors, so they ended up re-opening it as Gulfstream Cafe. Only to close it less than a year later. That location is a biz killer.

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                                                              Hanapepe RE: freakerdude Sep 30, 2011 04:39 PM

                                                              Meng Li's Filipino Restaurant in WPB has closed their doors. Sad. Best (only) pancit bihon and lumpiang Shanghai in town.

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                                                              Booboo731 RE: freakerdude Oct 3, 2011 12:49 AM

                                                              What a sad commentary that all these local businesses are going belly up! Add to the list Raindancer, a long established WPB restaurant. I was at their sister restaurant, The River House in PBG last week. Same wonderful salad bar and terrific food. Raindancer will be missed! :-(

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                                                                freakerdude RE: Booboo731 Oct 3, 2011 09:09 AM

                                                                I didn't know Raindancer and River House were same owners.

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