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Jul 19, 2010 02:17 PM

Johnny V's restaurant Smith and Jones in Ft Lauderdale shut

...and it looks like his namesake restaurant in up for sale as well.

Although they are blaming the high rent on Las Olas - which must be a factor and is slowly killing the street - I never had a good meal at Smith and Jones, so am neither surprised nor sad. Shame though, as the concept is exactly what the street needs in these economic times.

Johnny V
625 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Las Olas Cafe
922 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Smith and Jones
1313 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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  1. Not surprised regarding Smith & Jones. I enjoyed it when it opened and went 4-5 times in the first year. I didn't make it back there until recently and it was just awful. The menu changed somewhat with higher prices, the food was not good and the music was ridiculious loud.

    1. I never found Smith and Jones to be any good on various visits, but I hadn't been there in the past year or so...

      According to the article the recent Chef from Smith and Jones is going to the Riverfront to a new high-end place called Suite 100... hope he realizes that he is totally setting himself up for failure. Riverfront is almost entirely empty, rundown, bankrupt, filled with thugs, etc, etc... if the restaurant is really going to be in the actual Riverfront complex, its unfortunately a certain failure.

      Smith and Jones
      1313 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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      1. re: Sobe4u

        Agree, cannot understand why they would even try there, unless it was part of a total overall of the complex. Real shame, as the Riverfront is in a prime position on the water. And to try and put something high-end there is a hiding-to-nothing.

        The Sun-Sentinel actually just ran an article on it: