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More closing in Delray Beach

smartie May 9, 2009 07:09 PM

Walked down Atlantic tonight on my way to Elwoods and found that Louis Louis has closed down. I was quite surprised as it has been a reasonable mainstay on the Avenue for a number of years.

But worse ........... we get to Elwoods, music's playing, we order our drinks and then ask for a menu. Sorry says the waitress we don't do food any more. Well that sucked because we were in the mood to hang at Elwoods for the evening but we were hungry. On our way out I asked the waitress why no food any longer. And she told me the devastating news. ELWOODS IS CLOSING DOWN. I am really upset because I do go there pretty regularly, it has always been somewhere cheap and cheerful to hang out with great music. Apparently it's been sold and will be closing, reopening as something else all together.

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    smartie RE: smartie May 11, 2009 05:02 AM

    and I also spotted the Neighborhood Grill and Sports Bar in Boca on Federal has shut too.

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      Fibber McGee RE: smartie May 22, 2009 08:16 AM

      When I was in the area in March, tNeighborhood was closed.

      Granted, I'm only in Delray one week of the year, but Elwood's always seemed packed whenever I drove or walked (tried to) by.

      Is there something where Aspen Jack's was now?

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        smartie RE: Fibber McGee May 22, 2009 07:58 PM

        nope Aspen Jacks is still empty. Wonder if the new Elwoods owner will expand in there?

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      Neek RE: smartie May 11, 2009 07:59 AM

      Well that just sucks. Where the hell am I going to park my bike?

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        coffeyucf RE: smartie May 18, 2009 09:05 AM

        Yeah I would definitely say this sucks. I've never been much of an Elwoods patron but I love the energy it brings to delray. Always good live music to catch as you're walking by. There's something about hearing a good live rock band blasting through the streets that makes the downtown feel alive. Plus the Thursday Elvis impersonator is a delray beach tradition.

        It's like when the original city limits closed.

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          CFByrne RE: coffeyucf May 22, 2009 05:16 AM

          Sign says Elwoods will be closing for good Saturday night. Also says "Reopening this fall as Johnny Browns - with Elvis back" (or something like this).

          If they are smart they will simply clean it up and jack up the prices. A slightly more sanitary, slightly more "upscale" (but not too much), more edible Elwoods would work fine I believe.

          Meanwhile, work is underway on converting old Louie Louie into "Vic and Angelo's Annex" or something to that effect.

          Work is also continuing on Linda Bean's "Maine Lobster Roll" place directly across the street (old eyeglass store/doctor).

          And just on the other side of old Louie Louie (on 2nd), an Italian Ice type store is ready to open anyday.

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            smartie RE: CFByrne May 22, 2009 07:59 PM

            I dunno CFB I like Elwoods as it is, it's unpretentious and there's nothing else like it. I will be on Atlantic tomorrow night so I will hang out for a little while at Elwoods, hope they have the Dillingers playing for the last time.

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              CFByrne RE: smartie May 23, 2009 02:03 AM

              Oh I like it the way it is too... I'm just saying, someone's probably not buying it and closing for 3 or 4 months (presumably for renovations) and then reopening it "as it is". So the "next best thing" would be if it reopens "as it is" but cleaned up a bit and probably more expensive (anytime a place closes for vacation, renovation etc, that's when the menu is going to change (i.e. go up!)). I love the open air gas station look/feel and I would hate to see that go - I hope they keep as much as possible of the Old Elwoods.

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                smartie RE: CFByrne May 23, 2009 05:32 AM

                I hope it still has the open feel to it so it remains a bar snacks, beer and smokey kinda place, certainly those bathrooms need fixing up!

        2. CFByrne RE: smartie May 26, 2009 05:30 AM

          The full scoop on Elwood's.


          "Meanwhile, in Delray Beach, two Pittsburgh restaurateurs have snared Elwood's Dixie Barbecue, a landmark hangout and biker bar..."

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            smartie RE: CFByrne May 26, 2009 07:16 AM

            thanks CFB, not sure about the name, it will always be Elwoods to me.

          2. CFByrne RE: smartie Jun 8, 2009 05:50 AM

            Not closing... but opening: We now have the moderataly priced Tryst, the new moderately priced "Elwoods" coming, and now in the old Louie Louie location, another moderately priced eatery on the Ave...

            "The creator of Vic & Angelo's has dreamed up a new restaurant concept featuring American food, craft beers — and affordable prices... The Office will feature burgers, beers, plus seafood and steaks in the former Louis Louis space on trendy Atlantic Avenue... plans are to open by Thanksgiving.


            1. CFByrne RE: smartie Jul 6, 2009 04:12 PM

              Long time restaurant Pineapple Grill, on George Bush Blvd, has closed.

              I enjoyed the atmosphere when I first moved to town 10 years ago, even if the food was rarely too much better than "okay" or "not bad". About 3 years ago long-time owner Charlie sold to a new owner from the Pacific Northwest. I didn't go much after that.

              A few weeks ago I drove by and it's clear that they are closed and it basically looks abandoned.

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                smartie RE: smartie Jul 6, 2009 07:30 PM

                the Addison on Jog north of Clint More closed a while back (used to be Gotham City). I saw tonight that a new place called Lo La is now in it's place but it wasn't open tonight. Not sure if that's because it's Monday or whether it opened and closed down immediately. Henry's next door was pretty busy.

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                  sandieyankee RE: smartie Sep 8, 2009 12:02 PM

                  I live in NJ but have a condo in Delray and make a point to get to Elwoods whenever I am down. I was told in May that they are closing for renovations and would still have the front outside area and were not expanding east, but instead expanding out the back somehow. They are to be open by December. Has anyone been by there recently to see the progress?

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                    smartie RE: sandieyankee Sep 8, 2009 02:36 PM

                    I had a quick look last weekend, so far there is no roof on the front section and all the old gas station bits and pieces have been torn out. Goodness knows when it plans to re-open the original sign said Fall 2009 but I can't see that happening.

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                      CFByrne RE: smartie Sep 8, 2009 06:36 PM

                      Remember Smartie... "Fall" ends December 20. This outfit is well established and has good backing. I wouldn't be surprised to see them open in early December.

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                        smartie RE: CFByrne Sep 9, 2009 05:00 AM

                        well they would be crazy to miss season, not only for the income but also to get their name around.

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