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Delray Beach - Coming Soon, New Openings This Fall!

Looks like a lot will be happening this fall in downtown Delray...

* Linda Bean's Maine Lobster Roll construction looks to be nearly done and they look like they could open in a month or so...


* Work is progressing furiously days, nights and weekends on the "new Elwoods" (Opening this fall as Johnny Browns)...

* Ditto for the "new Louie Louie" (opening this fall as "The Office" run by the VIc and Angelo's folks)...


* A new place is being built out on 2nd in Pineapple Grove - sign says it will be a bar/bistro called "Taste". Near or on the site of the old Jamaican takeout place Nate's.

* Finally news that the old Shore (and many others) on A1A and Atlantic is finally going to be replaced with a more casual "surfy beachy atmosphere place.

"Taube's new oceanview restaurant will be dubbed Surf Sliders. Think beachy and relaxed atmosphere with a surfer theme."

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    1. re: OysterHo


      Hope I am not too late or redundant, but I will start visiting Office Depot HQ in FL 5-6x/year.....can you give me your top 3-4 pics Cut 32 good for steak?...good Italian?...good Latin??...good wine bar/cigar bar for socializing in between Boca and Palm Beach....many thanks

      1. re: El Chevere

        If you don't get many replies here, you may want to start a new post. For top notch Italian pizza, I can suggest Nick's New Haven and Tucci's Pizza in Boca, along with Scuola Vecchia Pizza E Vino in Delray. Vic & Angelo's in Delray serves up quality Italian but there may be other ideas from other people. Even though I have never been, I hear Abe & Louie's in Boca on Glades Rd. serves up some of the best steaks around. Also in Boca is Red, the Steakhouse but haven't heard any reports. For Latin, are you looking for Cuban, Mexican, Peruvian or anything other?

    2. Latest news...

      1) Maine Lobster Roll is looking really good. The building exterior is going to be a gorgeous faux-New England lobster "shack". A great visual addition to the ave, hopefully culinary also.

      2) Word has it Pineapple Grill (on George Bush Blvd and the Intracoastal) is reopening. I've seen workers outside lately, and a former staffer tells me it's definitely coming back

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      1. re: CFByrne

        I hope there is a change in ownership, chef and waitstaff. I vowed never to return the last time I was there. I used to like this place alot.

        1. re: CFByrne

          Has the lobster place opened yet? My mom wants to go on Thursday lol. She told me to ask you. ;)

          1. re: OysterHo

            it wasn't as of Monday when I walked by it. No sign in the window then, either, as to when it would open. They were working on installing and setting up the tables at the time.

            1. re: zook

              Where on the Avenue is it located?

              1. re: Alfred G

                I wasn't paying particular attention as I was walking up the street, but it's on the south side of Atlantic, somewhere between Tryst and Vic and Angelos.

                1. re: Alfred G

                  It's located on the SE corner of Atlantic and 2nd Ave (Pineapple Grove). Directly across from what used to be Louie Louie. I am out of town so can't speak about progress, but last I saw they had nice awnings up and it was looking very "handsome".

              2. re: CFByrne

                They're open but you’ve got to be kidding? $15.00 for a quarter pound of lobster (claw) meat on a roll. The stuff is not even fresh! It’s packed in Maine and shipped in. If you don't know anything about the lobster market right now USA today recently had a story about wholesale Maine lobster being $2.25 per pound!!! And Linda Bean recently bought 3 wharves and buying stations in Maine! If I want a lobster roll I’ll go down to Joseph’s Market in Boca, get 2 POUNDS steamed while I shop for $18.00, pick up some fresh baked hot dog rolls at a bakery and have enough for a family of four!! The economy sucks!! Where does somebody get off charging $15.00 for a sandwich? I’ll give them a year!! Get through a summer on Atlantic Avenue with minimal foot traffic and no big businesses around to generate a lunch crowd. I’m sure all of the unemployed and underemployed will be lining up to spend 1 night’s dinner for a family of four on one sandwich! Maybe the local recovering addicts will put down their meth pipes for a lobsta roll!!!

                1. re: mnjdelray

                  The article in USA Today probably didn't make it clear, but the $2.25/lb wholesale price is for soft-shell lobsters. They don't ship well (die in transit, making them a total loss), which is why the price declines don't translate once you get very far from Maine. I assume she's buying them, cooking and shipping the cooked meat for this reason. A pound of cooked lobster meat in a Portland fish market is currently around $30-40 per pound, so $15 for a quarter pound in a lobster roll is probably market. Whether anyone can or should pay that is another story...

                  1. re: GWRyan

                    Terrible Lobster Roll. 1/4 pound and not even fresh. No tail meat. Mayo spread on the roll instead of making a simple lobster salad and putting it in the roll. Anyone from New England will shudder. The (seasonal) ones in Boston from McDonald's or D'Angelo's Sub Shops are 10 times better than Linda Beans. Oh...and lose the salt & vinegar chips.

                2. re: CFByrne

                  Marley's Island Time Bar and Grille is now open. This is at the site of the old Pineapple Grill (on George Bush Blvd and the Intracoastal). I've not dined there yet, just went by and saw it had opened. When someone goes, we should start a review thread in a new thread.

                  1. re: CFByrne

                    Is that on the S.W. side of the bridge? I think we rode by it on the boat and I wondered what it was. They had no signs out back.

                3. I don't see work progressing furiously on the old Elwoods site (Johnny Browns) at all. Last week there was still no roof and the back area was open. Bet it doesn't open till after Xmas.

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                  1. re: smartie

                    You still offering that bet on Johnny Browns, Smartie?

                    "Bet it doesn't open till after Xmas."

                    I have a feeling they'll be open in the next week. :-)

                    Same thing for Surf Sliders next to Bostons. I went by today and they are VERY close, bar stools are in place, looks like just some final fine-tuning.

                    1. re: CFByrne

                      CFB if you are right I will stand you a drink there!

                      1. re: smartie

                        I'm getting thirsty Smartie. I little birdie told me Johnny Brown's will have an insider-only soft opening Monday and open to the public Tuesday. :-)

                        1. re: CFByrne

                          I walked past it Weds night and it sure looked like it will open soon.

                          this week is bad for me, but the following week I will gladly buy you a beer.

                  2. My husband and I just ate at Cafe de France. It opened up in the Old Stone Creamery space across from Cabana El Ray. It opened just after Thanksgiving. The food is wonderful. We started with an appetizer of Croque Monsieur which could have easily been a main dish. I had a salmon and brie salad which was very tasty. My husband had the coq o vin which he enjoyed. The wine list is not extensive but we enjoyed the glasses we had. They have a pastry window and the pastries looked scrumtious. The waitstaff were accomodating and friendly. We'll definitely be back again. If you like French food, you should give this place a whirl!

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                    1. re: phonecutest

                      Terrific pastry in the morning. I was there last Tuesday and had a wonderful chocolate croissant and a long chocolate and almond pastry with a nice big strong cup of cappuccino. I spread out the newspaper on the four top they gave me at an outside table and spent a relaxing hour reading and eating. I went back the next day at lunch and had the delicious croque monsieur and another cap. I sat outside again and despite the busy and narrow Atlantic avenue only a few feet away, it was a pleasant time. They claim to be owned by a family that owns one of the oldest bakeries in France, interesting, but all that matters is the food and at least for pastry, they look like a big winner.

                      1. re: stuartlafonda

                        yum I have been looking for good croissant and pain au chocolat in So Fl

                        1. re: Alfred G

                          There's another Cafe de France (unrelated) in Winter Park, FL. This Cafe de France is located at 110 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach.

                          1. re: phonecutest

                            Check out Croissant time on Federal Hwy, North of Sunrise, Best Baguetes and Croissant you will find down south, Great Pastry Shop as well. Their Chocolate Truffel is just too good for words....

                          2. re: Alfred G

                            CH comes up with incorrect locations sometimes and if you are not aware and don't delete it, the wrong one shows up in your post,

                        2. Quick update and some new stuff...

                          * Johnnie Brown's (was Elwood's) is now open (as mentioned in prev post)...

                          * Surf Sliders (was Shore) opens today for drinks, Tuesday for food...

                          * The Office (was Louie Louie) construction is complete, furnishings are in, staff is in training. Looks like they'll be opening in a week or so if I had to make an uneducated guess. Looking sharp...

                          * Taste in Pinepple Grove (Alan Susser venture) has a long way to go. Still doing heavy steel and concrete construction in interior...

                          * A Cupcake / Bakery Shop is "coming soon" to a storefront near Lemongrass...

                          * And finally, a small Chinsese Restaurant is "coming soon", also to Pineapple Grove, up closer to Lake Ida Rd.

                          I've been saying for years that East Delray needs a Chinese Restaurant. (This area could also use an Indian restaurant, there's a big "hole" between S Boca and S Palm Beach as far as Indian goes).

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                          1. re: CFByrne

                            walked past Johnny Browns tonight and had a quick look, it seems to still feel like Elwoods though of course new tables and chairs, new signs, new bar, new toilets (thank goodness) and new staff. It was pretty busy and I don't know if you have to eat there or can just get a drink. Smoking is still allowed in the covered section but they have opened up the back to tables so I guess that's the no smoking area. A band was playing who seemed good. The menu is on the wall prices from $7 for burgers to $20 for snapper, also on the menu is BBQ and wings. They also have high tops around the perimeter on the sidewalk.

                          2. Sun Sentinel article yesterday on Delray restauarant scene.

                            Delray attracts, keeps restaurants despite economy
                            Owners say area's unique charms — and good food — keep customers coming back


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                            1. re: CFByrne

                              Wow - just what the RR Track area of the Ave needs!!!

                              That "jinked" spot next to Elwoods/Johnnie Browns - most recently "Aspen Jacks" - now is being rebuilt and a Coming Soon sign appeared yesterday for.... drumroll... an Italian Restaurant. "Milo Vesuvio" or something like that.

                              I guess Tramonti and Sazio and Vic and Angelo's and [insert about 5 more] are not enough!

                              1. re: CFByrne

                                I can't see that jinxed spot being anything but a jinxed spot. They have no outside space and that is why it's never going to work. And if Johnny Brown's is like Elwoods and the bikers go back and the bands are loud then that jinxed spot will not lift it's curse.

                                1. re: CFByrne

                                  talking of Vic and Angelo's I ate there and it is excellent. Usually I have just been for drinks and apps (which are also great). I had fresh gnocchi and pesto which I loved.

                                  1. re: smartie

                                    Wife and I went to V&A's last night, we just got a coal-fired margherita pizza but it was fantastic. The sauce was just terrific. One of these days I want to do a side-by-side takeout taste test with them, Anthony's and Carolina's. I just need 3 folks with cars and several people to eat all the pizza!
                                    While we were eating I spotted a familiar face in chef's dress talking to some of the staff. It was Mark Miletello. "He's now our corporate chef," my waiter confirmed. I suspect he's busy finishing up the menu for The Office across the street.

                                    1. re: CFByrne

                                      I heard from someone last night that the office will be opening on January 5th. I'm surprised that they didn't open before new years.

                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                        if it stops raining we am planning to go to V and A's tonight.

                                    2. re: CFByrne

                                      Speaking of that "jinked" spot next to Elwoods/Johnnie Browns - most recently "Aspen Jacks...

                                      About a year ago when Aspen Jack's closed I was walking by there with my wife. "You know what might work here," I said. "A good Irish Pub / Restaurant. Like that place in Lake Worth."

                                      Well that's what's coming. Forget Italian. New sign in boarded up front: "Coming in May - Paddy MgGee's Irish Pub with Chef ___ (I forget)"

                                      It will work if they do it right. First they need good staff. Real Irish bartenders would help. Second they need to open up the front and make it welcoming. Third, some good Irish / acoustic music, live on weekends. Four, decent food and good drink at reasonable prices.

                                      That's my two cents, anyway.

                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                        "Coming in May - Paddy MgGee's Irish Pub with Chef ___ (I forget)"

                                        It is Shawn Culligan who I believe previously was at Cugini.

                                  2. I was in Delray this weekend and noticed that Surf Sliders was open. I also noticed that they don't serve sliders. What is that about? Most importantly, how is the food,? I have seen no reports on Chowhound.

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                                    1. re: stuartlafonda

                                      Yes and that's no April Fool joke. I almost fell off my chair when I went there right after opening and looked for sliders. None. Huh? Surf Sliders doesn't have sliders? Whoa.

                                      Mostly it's burgers and fish sandwiches. I had a mahi sandwich with fries. It was okay.

                                      Far as I'm concerned this is just a fun oceanside joint with great view and passable food. See also: Bostons.

                                      For foodies, nothing to see here folks, move along...

                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                        is this the one next to Luna Rosa?

                                        1. re: CFByrne

                                          RIP Surf Sliders. Closed for busines.

                                          Wow, on the beach and they close in the middle of peak season. Something must have been/gone terribly wrong.

                                          1. re: CFByrne

                                            Surf Sliders... You can't see the surf and they don't sell sliders. They will be missed, but not by many.

                                            1. re: coffeyucf

                                              David Manero's Burger Fi to open in Delray at site of Surf Sliders - A1A and Atlantic


                                              1. re: CFByrne

                                                This place actually looks pretty good. Very Shake Shack-esque...

                                                Might have to check out the Lauderdale location one day.

                                      2. Power's Pub on Atlantic and the RR tracks closed arounds 1999... and Richwagens followed soon after. Looks like finally something is coming in that long empty spot near CIty Oyster and Bru's (I can only guess someone's been asking for some outrageous rent/price for 10 yrs).

                                        Looks like some sort of South-Beach type hipster spots, although I could be wrong.

                                        On the ground floor, "Atlantic Ocean Club - Coming October 2010".

                                        And on the top floor, "Coming October 2010, Buddha Sky Bar - Roof Top Bar".

                                        1. A little cafe opened about 6 weeks ago called Cafe Martier next door to Gol!.

                                          I just got a coffee on my way to the Farmers Market, they serve Illy coffee for those who dislike Sbux. Had a quick look at the menu, sandwiches and salads mostly, paninis, pastries and croissant. They have about 6 small tables outside otherwise it's strictly takeout I guess. They also do French Toast type breakfasts. Hope they survive the summer with zero to little trade.

                                          1. Delray hotspot Taverna Eros (between 32 East and Tryst) has closed, they are remodeling and will soon reopen as "CALIENTE KITCHEN".

                                            Interesting in that within a month or two, and a block or two, also opening will be Carlos & Pepe's Mexican (on floor level of the new Worthing Place Condos - near the much beloved Office and Linda Bean restaurants). :-)

                                            In a previous post months ago I suggested Rocco of Rocco's Taco's open a lively branch in Delray - perhaps at the old Kyoto. Oh well - Maybe too late now Rocco!

                                            "We have officially closed the doors as Taverna Eros and started demolition TODAY!! Coming soon is CALIENTE KITCHEN!! We will reopen at the beginning of July to bring you a new amazing choice in Delray. We look forward to providing the same nightlife and DJ's you have come to depend on for the Avenue as a tacos and tequila bar. Caliente Kitchen is coming"

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                                            1. re: CFByrne

                                              Dissapointing. We tried Taverna Eros for the first time in March and really enjoyed it.

                                              1. re: Fibber McGee

                                                absolutely no surprise about Eros - it had a terrible winter season because so much of it is outside and it was so cold here for so long. I enjoyed the food too but I said at the beginning of season that it wouldn't remain open once summer arrived.

                                              2. re: CFByrne

                                                BTW I've walked past here and work seems to have stalled for a few months. I wonder if they've hit money or permit problems. Not much signs of life at the jobsite.

                                                "Interesting in that within a month or two, and a block or two, also opening will be Carlos & Pepe's Mexican (on floor level of the new Worthing Place Condos - near the much beloved Office and Linda Bean restaurants)"

                                                Meanwhile nearby, what's become in my mind the Infamous Spot Coffee Shop is chock-a-block full of heavy construction. I say infamous because this place has been in the process of opening for what seems about 2 years now.

                                                I hope it's going to be good because someone is spending a lot of time and money and setting this up. I think the right place could work if they can perhaps have live music at night and get folks to spend money on desserts, apps etc rather than sit and drink a $4 coffee for 2 hours.

                                                1. re: CFByrne

                                                  I heard that City Limits has re-opened as a new venue. What is the word on that place?

                                                  1. re: freakerdude

                                                    It's called Il Bachio and seems to be an attempt at bringing outdoor SoBe to Delray.

                                                    I don't know anyone that goes there, but who knows, maybe late on Friday and Saturday night they get a "hipster" crowd who buy enough overpriced drinks to keep them afloat the rest of the week.


                                                    Too bad the original City Limits left, it was perhaps the best part of the old downtown Delray. Wish Margaret and Eddie would buy it back.

                                                    1. re: CFByrne

                                                      City Limits has re-opened under new ownership and is now called Pineapple Groove, featuring live music once again. It looks exactly the same as City Limits inside. CL was an excellent live music venue and with the closing of the it and Bamboo Room over 2 years ago, a new venue is needed.

                                                      story http://tinyurl.com/2c4joes


                                                      Pineapple Groove
                                                      19 NE 3rd Avenue
                                                      Delray Beach, Florida 33483

                                                  2. re: CFByrne

                                                    yes I wondered why this Spot Coffee shop has had an 'opening soon' sign on it for about 2 years and still not opened. There are a few other cafes around so it may have fierce competition.

                                                    1. re: CFByrne

                                                      I am a huge fan of Carlos and Pepe's in Ft. lauderdale. Have been driving down there from Boca for 24 years so i am looking forward for the one in delray to open.

                                                      I tried Caliente a few weeks ago and was disappointed with the food. Everything was bland and over priced for what it was.

                                                      1. re: theresheblowws

                                                        Carlos and Pepe's is now open in Delray. However they really need better signage. They are about 100 feet off the ave in that little green park, and there's a MASSIVE old tree that blocks half the restaurant from view from the sidewalk. I'm sure they are aware of this, but if you're just walking down the ave, right now, you'd never know this place was open. I had to walk up and go inside to double check myself because it's not obvious from the street.

                                                        1. re: CFByrne

                                                          CLOSED: Carlos and Pepe's. Lasted 6 months. As I mentioned when they opened, this location has some issues. Suggest any future store opening here have enough lighting and signage to shame the Las Vegas strip. From my previous post:

                                                          "Carlos and Pepe's is now open in Delray. However they really need better signage. They are about 100 feet off the ave in that little green park, and there's a MASSIVE old tree that blocks half the restaurant from view from the sidewalk. I'm sure they are aware of this, but if you're just walking down the ave, right now, you'd never know this place was open. I had to walk up and go inside to double check myself because it's not obvious from the street."

                                                          Las Vegas Restaurant
                                                          112 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

                                                      2. re: CFByrne

                                                        Meanwhile, in other news...

                                                        Nothing continues to happen at "future site" of Carlos & Pepe's, so I am writing that off until further notice.

                                                        "Future site" of Spot Coffee continues to keep numerous constuction workers employed for many many months. Hopefully they can actually open before season ends in 6 months or so.

                                                        No activity noticed on old location of Kyoto on 2nd (Pineapple Grove) just north of The Office.

                                                        Thought I saw activity on old location of Blue Fin / Sopra / Many Others but not sure about that.

                                                        1. re: CFByrne

                                                          Upon further review... after walking around town last night after my usual excellent meal at the friendly and welcoming gastropubTryst (it was fabulous on the outdoor courtyard in the cool weather)...

                                                          Spot Coffee looks to be finally near opening. Help Wanted signs are posted.

                                                          Carlos and Pepes is again showing signs of activity and so I think they'll be opening soon as well.

                                                          Fast and heavy demo and/or construction is indeed going on inside the old BlueFish/Sopra.

                                                          And in "new" news, "coming soon" in Pineapple Grove, a few doors from Taste, I forget the name but I believe sign said "a Meditereanean Style Bistro". Which sounds kind of like Joseph's just a few hundred feeet away, but... whatever.

                                                          1. re: CFByrne

                                                            Saw a few other openings and new things happening around the ave.

                                                            The Shack - a sub shop near the cigar/smoke shop just east of 6th Ave on Atlantic. It seems to be very close.

                                                            Across the street from the colony there is a former womans clothing boutique that has a sign for a self serve frozen yogurt place. Not sure the name though.

                                                            And you'll never believe this... ;-) The former tratoria toto in the same area on Atlantic is becoming a Pizza place (insert jaw dropping in shock). Can't remember the exact name but it was something like cuola vecchia pizza evino.

                                                            Finally in a more intersting development. I noticed a coming soon sign in front of the old new city limits by the tracks across from brus. Something called Pineapple Groove. Sounded like a bar music venue.

                                                            It would be nice if we could have a good music venue take off in Delray.

                                                            1. re: coffeyucf

                                                              yes especially since Elwoods has turned into the awful plastic Johnny Browns - good live music would be a plus.

                                                              The Back Room Blues Bar is closed now too (Boca on Dixie) - boo hoo.

                                                              1. re: smartie

                                                                Back Room is still open actually. There's music this Thurs, Fri, and Sat night. Nov 18th is a farewell party with special guests from the past. The last night for Back Room is Nov 20th when the Dave Shelley Band plays, who is actually quite good.


                                                              2. re: coffeyucf

                                                                Pineapple Groove appears to be closed. No billboards, dead on Saturday night.

                                                                I heard a rumor they'll be reopening with a new concept - no details; not confirmed.

                                                                1. re: CFByrne

                                                                  They have not updated their since July so I just assumed they were.

                                                                  1. re: CFByrne

                                                                    RIP, they were an awesome venue. Probably not a high enough cover, no food, and drinks were reasonably priced. Too much overhead for that I guess.

                                                                    1. re: CFByrne

                                                                      Well they were open last night - with a DJ - but it looked like it was a last minute decision, around 6PM they started blasting Facebook with posts that they'd be open. So I'm not sure WHAT'S going on... which is not a good thing for a business.

                                                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                                                        I think their biggest problem was not being able to get high quality acts. This is a music venue not a bar. There wasn't one time where I saw anyone of note on their events calendar.

                                                                        Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale is a little more established, so I'm sure that plays a part, though they get way more national and locally recognized acts.


                                                            2. re: CFByrne

                                                              Well it took 3.5 years but rumor has it they finally took my advice. :-)

                                                              Rocco's Tacos said to be coming to The Ave in Delray...

                                                              At the current site of Prime (between Park Tavern and 32 East, more or less). Previous location of several other restaurant attempts including Sopra, Blue Fish and others.

                                                              It's usually TOO BIG to succeed in the off season - but might be just right for "Rocco's on the Ave".

                                                              Hat tip: CoffeyUCF

                                                              1. re: CFByrne

                                                                home of the most expensive guacamole.

                                                                1. re: smartie

                                                                  I am not a big fan of Rocco's food but if you are into a party atmosphere and happen to get hungry while you are there, it will work.

                                                              2. Went past Carolina's Coal Fired Pizza and it appears they had a fire and are closed, or at leasy they were today.

                                                                There was debris in the back of the building and red stickers ala Code Enforcement on the front door. That's all I know...

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                                                                1. re: CFByrne

                                                                  There's finally construction going on at the old Carolinas, following a fire about a year ago. I asked a worker inside, through an open window, if Carolinas was coming back.

                                                                  Got a smile and thumbs up. However, I have no idea if he was an English speaker and knew what I was saying!

                                                                2. Deck 84's grand opening is Friday Nov. 19. If you join gabgroup, you can get an invite to the grand opening.

                                                                  It'll officially be open for lunch and dinner beginning
                                                                  Saturday, November 20, 2010.

                                                                  1. Recently closed "Bluefish" to become Steak House, opening in Dec or Jan, same owners as nearby Il Bachio.

                                                                    "Steven Pellegrino Sr. and Steven Jr., owners of Il Bacio Restaurant & Lounge on Second Avenue, recently bought the Bluefish sushi bar space on Atlantic Avenue..."


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                                                                    1. re: CFByrne

                                                                      another steak house. Just what we need. Why not another red-sauce Italian place?

                                                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                                                        This steakhouse at site of old Sopra / Bluefish is now open: "Prime Delray"


                                                                        (I noticed Cut 432 now has a sign "Delray's ORIGINAL prime steak house" or words to that effect. :-)


                                                                        Spot Coffee looks like they will be open any day now, perhaps even tonight:

                                                                        Carlos and Pepe's also is now furnished and looking very near to opening.

                                                                        1. re: CFByrne

                                                                          Good to see prime open so quckly. It seems like a really quick turn around from blue fish closing to this opening. I'm sure there are many factors to opening a restaurant that I don't understand. However it often seems like it takes many of them a ridiculously long time to open. IE spot coffee and that buddha sky lounge next to city oyster.

                                                                          On another note it looks like there has been some action at the spot on 3rd st and 3rd ave. This is the old Monterrey, black tip reef, and most recently 2 thirds tavern. Not sure what is going in there but interestingly enough they had an old elwoods neon beer sign in the window.

                                                                          1. re: coffeyucf

                                                                            Coffey is right - Elwood's is coming back! And I think an odd location by the tracks is just what the doctor ordered!

                                                                            "Owner Michael Elwood Gochenour sold his juke joint nearly two years ago, and the neon-lit Johnnie Brown’s now sits in its place. But a new Elwood’s opens this month three blocks north at the corner of Northeast Third Avenue and Northeast Third Street"


                                                                            1. re: CFByrne

                                                                              I hope it's scuzzy like it used to be, smokey, a mismatch of furniture, good selection of cold beers, tequilas and wings and chicken tenders, and of course bikers. Very exciting because I miss Elwoods.

                                                                              1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                Just drove by (Fri night) and they are not open yet. But it's looking close. There was plenty of activity this afternoon.

                                                                                1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                  Looks like Elwoods is open - just drove by and there's plenty of action going on inside.

                                                                                  1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                    Elwoods is indeed open for business. Tuesday - Sunday, 11AM to 2AM.

                                                                                    They're still working out some kinks (cash only for now), but the bar is stocked and the kitchen's cooking up fried green tomatoes ($4.95), catfish bits ($7.95), Louisiana BBQ shrimp ($8.95) and of course pulled pork sand ($6.95) and rib dinner ($12.95). And the real Elwood - and real Locals - are in the house.
                                                                                    (561) 272-RIBS

                                                                                    1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                      with or with Bud? He didn't serve Bud for years.

                                                                            2. Closed: Michelangelo's Piano Bar, on 2nd just N of Atlantic. Hmm too bad maybe, that area could be about to pick up, with big money coming into the old Kyoto, and that electric motor store now closed and being marketed as location for food/drink. For now a tleast, the little strip next to The Office only has House of Siam to keep things alive.

                                                                              Opened: Sefi Mediteranean Grill, a few blocks N, near the old Taste. Menu on windows offers apps such as hummus toubuleh babaganoush (sp? on all) - and entrees of many kakbob and other turkish/persian type dishes with some nice looking twists. Looks promising but in that spot they will need good marketing, good food and good word of mouth. That area is a bit hidden by trees and not much foot traffic, so they'll need to learn from Taste. No hours posted. MC V AMEX.

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                                                                              1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                unfortunately the side streets of downtown Delray for the main part have little foot traffic and unless you are specifically going somewhere don't really attract strollers. Major advertising is required and incentives to we locals especially in summer to get us down there.

                                                                                1. re: smartie

                                                                                  I read a Palm Beach Post article the other day on hotel planned near the parking garage on 2nd in pineapple grove. It seems like it will be a while away from completion. Though I think it will be major score for the shops and restaurants that can stick around in that area.


                                                                                  1. re: coffeyucf

                                                                                    That hotel would be a nice change from that current "dead zone" that lsomewhat stops Atlantic Ave strollers from wandering further up into Pineapple Grove.

                                                                                2. re: CFByrne

                                                                                  CFB - Karen and I love good Middle Eastern food. Is Sefi on NW 2nd Ave? Not sure where the old Taste was.

                                                                                  1. re: RickL

                                                                                    Rick - The address of Taste was
                                                                                    169 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444

                                                                                    So Sefi is appx next door to that. Note that is NE not NW as you had it.

                                                                                    NE 2nd Ave is AKA "Pineapple Grove" and also once you get N of G Bush Blvd it changes names again to Seacrest Blvd.

                                                                                    1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                      Thanks. We'll try to check it out this weekend if things aren't too crazy with the Garlic Fest.

                                                                                  2. re: CFByrne

                                                                                    Correction, the name of the new place is "Sefa" not Sefi.
                                                                                    "Sefa Mediterranean Grill".
                                                                                    165 NE 2nd Ave
                                                                                    561 330 0004
                                                                                    Their menu lists a website but as of now it's a dead link,

                                                                                    I may check it out for lunch today, they are open for lunch. Menu also says "Belly dancer on weekends"

                                                                                    1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                      Just had dinner at Sefa - excellent. I may start a new thread for review. Owned by a family from Turkey, with brothers, sisters, aunts etc all helping out with one thing or the other. Great food, very friendly, excellent service by our waitress Tristan.

                                                                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                        Sefa website now up including menu so you can see their yummy offerings...


                                                                                  3. Looks like they are opening any minute now, maybe even today:

                                                                                    Scuola Vecchia Pizza E Vino - New Pizza Restaurant at the location formerly occupied by Trattoria Toto.

                                                                                    522 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444

                                                                                    Looks like they have some authentic credentials, "Guild of Real Neapolitan Pizza Makers" or something like that.

                                                                                    1. Also just opened in Delray: The Garden Cafe. A quaint, small family-run Italian restaurant.

                                                                                      I have not been there yet, but I think they are open 11-4 M to F only. I do know the folks that run it are a real genuine hard-core Italian family, for what that's worth!

                                                                                      It is about 2 blocks N of Atlantic Ave, on the little strip between N bound and S bound Federal Hwy - just a few 100 yards from Graingers.

                                                                                      528 NE 2nd St
                                                                                      Delray Beach, FL 33483

                                                                                      I'm hoping to start separate threads on these new places as soon as someone visits. It's easy to get lost in this old "new in Delray" thread.

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                                                                                      1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                        Yeah I saw this place driving by about 2 weeks ago. Kind of a weird spot for a restaurant but I'll check it out.

                                                                                        I agree on the new posts. This probably my favorite thread but it takes about 5 minutes of scrolling to reach the current post.

                                                                                      2. Sign of the times for The Ave?

                                                                                        Drove past Bru's, which is basically located on a side street on the Railroad Tracks.

                                                                                        Their parking lot is now roped off and reserved for "Valet Parking".

                                                                                        Oh boy. Wednesday night too.

                                                                                        This not long after a new restaurant opens with a website featuring a section for "Papparazi" photos.

                                                                                        Has The Ave jumped the shark? Has it turned from a quaint downtown haven from touristy Florida to the worst kind of South Florida sideshow?

                                                                                        Sure there are still some great places... but I fear the "dumb money" is moving in and locals will be spending less time on The Ave and more time on side streets as true values and finds get pushed outwards.

                                                                                        As I continued up Railroad Ave or whatever it's called.. Elwoods, for example, had a full parking lot. Thoughts?

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                                                                                        1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                          Deck 84 has killed off the parking for the Blue Anchor, I find myself going to Atlantic less and less these days, maybe when the snowbirds have gone home and it's hot and humid and there is parking back on the Ave - maybe. But Johnny Rottens (Browns) is not a locals hangout any longer - sigh.

                                                                                          1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                            I'll still go but not when there are events, most likely. I can't stand struggling for a parking space.

                                                                                            Those trendy dumb places don't really last, do they? Which one had papparazi photos? How silly! Must be the Gab group doing their PR. They know how to draw a crowd into grand openings, but they are so ridiculous with the velvet ropes and checking names. Puleeeze!

                                                                                            1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                              Snowbird season is almost over and summer has its way of weeding the dumb money out, especially the ones that open near the end of season.

                                                                                              1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                                I have to agree most of these new places don't seem very appealing... Well not to me at least. "Papparazi photo's" are you kidding me? Delray may be a hip little town but seriously what celebrities are gonna be going to Solita?

                                                                                                I remember I railed the Office when they first opened up for being too pretentious. Compared to some of these new joints the Office looks very inviting. Well at least now that the've gotten rid of the velvet rope and the strip club bouncer.

                                                                                                And yes Deck 84 has made Blue Anchor parking much more difficult. There used to be guranteed spots in that bank lot just about every time. Now depending on when you go it's a toss up. So that kind of sucks. With that said I'm not the biggest Deck 84 fan though compared to Buschs it's a big time upgrade.

                                                                                                I hope the new Elwoods sticks around. My gut says it will. I've always liked that bar each time something new popped in there. From black tip reef, to moneterrey, and two thirds. Though Elwoods might have enough name recognition and following to make it.

                                                                                              2. The Back Room Blues Bar is open now on Congress and W Atlantic (SW Corner) and has an official opening day of July 30th Sunday from 2pm with BBQ and bands at $5 for the day per person.

                                                                                                1. According to sign in front... Coming to Delray in Novemeber:

                                                                                                  Puccini's Pizza - where that "heart attack hamburger" place used to be near Target on Linton.


                                                                                                  Also, coming soon, at previous location of Foxies Ice Cream (just below the Philly Cheesesteak place on corner of Federal and Atlantic), a new hamburger joint.

                                                                                                  Also, a store in the new "Shula Burger" chain rumored to be heading to Delray (among others).

                                                                                                  Personally I'm looking fwd to the "Park Tavern" (from the Cut 432 folks) going into an expanded indoor/outdoor setup at previous site of short-lived Carlos and Pepe's. Just what the Ave needs, this could be a big hit if they do it right IMHO.

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                                                                                                  1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                                    I think a burger joint could be good off the Ave but this location is tiny so I'm guessing more take out than eat in.

                                                                                                    1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                                      There's a Puccini's in PBG by me but have yet to try it. If I lived in Delray, I would park myself at 'Magic' Mushroom aka Mellow Mushroom.

                                                                                                      When will the burger joint concepts cease? I have had enough of them already....nothing can be new and exciting in that arena.

                                                                                                      1. re: freakerdude

                                                                                                        lol I always call it the Magic Mushroom too!

                                                                                                        1. re: freakerdude

                                                                                                          Yeah I saw the sign for that new burger shop as well. I believe it is called Hi Way. Couldn't find anything on the web about it so I'm assuming it's a new venture. It would be cool if this became a late night establishment like Big Al's. Make it the corner people go to for food late at night.

                                                                                                          I agree with freaker on all these burger concepts. I enjoy a good burger as much as anyone else but... I don't get why everyone starts freaking out and gushing wildly when someone creates a burger joint that's a little better than your average fast food burger.

                                                                                                          There are several things that are always better at a restaurant, pizza or great bbq for example. Though a burger is one of the things that's easy to make as good or better than any restaurant at home.

                                                                                                        2. re: CFByrne

                                                                                                          "Also, coming soon, at previous location of Foxies Ice Cream (just below the Philly Cheesesteak place on corner of Federal and Atlantic), a new hamburger joint. HiWay?" - Oct 6, 2011

                                                                                                          Well, about five months later the build-out is nearing completion. I hope they sell a lot of burgers, someone is spending a lot.

                                                                                                          Photo attached from yesterday of "cool" front window...

                                                                                                          1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                                            Cool I had forgotten about that place. Hopefully it's good and late night. Too bad they couldn't get it open for peak season.

                                                                                                        3. Closing soon, (to no one's dismay that I know of), Caliente, on the Ave.

                                                                                                          To be replaces by an "exciting new concept", "Union". Think I may have seen something like "Asian gastopub" possibly.

                                                                                                          Tend to think it might be same owners/mgmt since Caliente is still open yet there's signage up announcing the change "coming in December".

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                                                                                                          1. re: CFByrne

                                                                                                            CPC has the deets on pending opening of "Union Delray - Asian Gastro Lounge".


                                                                                                            "The soft opening is December 30th and the restaurant will be serving cocktails New Years Eve. January 3, the restaurant will be open for regular business hours from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m."