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Yardhouse - Coming to Mizner, Boca Raton - July 2012

Great news...

Yardhouse is coming to Boca. They have existing stores in Hallandale and Palm Beach Gardens.

I've been hoping they'd fill that hole in Boca or Delray and that's just what's happening.

http://www.yardhouse.com/locations/co...

I predict they'll crush it.

My previous comments on Yardhouse:

I recently went to The Yardhouse in Palm Beach Gardens for the first time and returned a week later. I was very impressed with this chain out of California. Mgmt whoever they are knows what they are doing.

Take an upscale sports bar, mix in some Cheesecake Factory, add classic rock music and about 150 regular and craft beers on tap, and you get The Yard House. Very impressed with this chain out of Long Beach California and now in about 10 states.

Upon entering immediately greeted by 3 smiling and friendly hostesses. Mentioned first time here and they promised we'd be back. Service outstanding from start to finish. Food excellent: I had jambalaya - as good as you find on Bourbon Street. "Gourmet" Mac and Cheese "Squared" also excelled.

Asst Mgr came over and took us on tour of their Keg Room. Nice final touch: Takeout boxes are a step above styrofoam - and on the outside they write what's in them and the date. A smart little touch to keep the good memories alive when you see it in your frig a day or two later.

One staffer told me she's been working there for years and they have very low turnover. That's a sure confirmation of superior mgmt in the restaurant biz.

We returned a week later in time for Happy Hour (ends at 6, we got there around 5:30) and ordered about 4 apps at appx $5 each, they were all outstanding and that's all we needed to be very happy.

Included some tuna-tartare-like dishes that were really really good.

Obviously a well-run and fun place, we WILL be back. Recommended!

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Yard House
320 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

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  1. Was just at Hallandale location (Gulfstream) last night. Love drinking beer out of a glass as tall as a small child ($9 at happy hour) and the thai pizza ($7 at happy hour).

    1. wonder if they are going into the Zed location?

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      1. re: smartie

        I'm surprised it's going to take a year. You would think it might be new construction with that long timescale.

        Unless it really does take a full year to totally renovate an existing spot such as Zed. I'd never been there - is is very big? The PBG location is on the very large side... so I'm guessing that's their typical "model". But I really don't know.

        1. re: CFByrne

          Zed was a large location but very badly organized inside, a lot of space that could have been tables, a huge unused bar, private rooms and wine storage areas and the huge buffet space. If Yardhouse is going in there they are going to have a lot of work to do. The outdoor area was a long thin strip not conducive to socializing because the bar was way too wide.

      2. Aha, so that's where they are going. We ate there in PBG 2 months ago and enjoyed our dinner. I got the cobb salad, (seems that it's my litmus test for these kinds of places) and it was pretty good. Our server was a sweetheart and brought out 4 different beer samples for me because I couldn't make up my mind. She's the one who told us they are opening one in Boca but didn't know where. At the time I had no idea that Zed was gone or going so I couldn't figure out where they'd put it. Looking forward to this place!

        1. PBG is always busy and service is usually very good. But some main dishes I have had were just OK. The Korean beef app is pretty good. Swordfish w/crabmeat and chicken enchiladas are just OK and you can find much better elsewhere. The hamburgers here are very worthy. Beer selection is kick booty and the delivery system they have is very cool. Overall a cool place to hang out and drink but I'd rather spend my dining dollars elsewhere.

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          1. re: freakerdude

            Another mediocre dinner at Yardhouse PBG. Seared scallops were small and overcooked but the orzo was decent. My friends stuck to the burgers and they enjoyed it. I should have listened to my own advice. I bet this place starts out very good then quality falls off like PBG over time.

            Stick to the burgers and pizza and don't expect anything but bar food quality.

            1. re: freakerdude

              PBG - I ventured back to their house specialty menu against my own advice and tried the jambalaya. It was ok but I doubt I would get it again. As I have said before, stick to the burgers or pizza. The pepper crusted gorgonzola, the pepper jack, or bbq bacon cheddar are all very good. They recently added tacos to the PGA menu and they all sound really good but are just average.

              1. re: freakerdude

                Friends, ITB, went to Yardhouse at Gulfstream recently, and said, while the food was okay, the service was horrible. They were ill-served in three ways -- couldn't place an order, couldn't get their table cleared in a timely manner without a manager's intervention, and couldn't get a check to escape.

                "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln . . ."

                1. re: southocean

                  Surprised to hear of poor service. Of course, you never know. Maybe it was a relatively new wait person who was fired later that night, and 99% of the other times it would have been great.

                  Or... maybe the Gulfstream mgmt is not as good as the PBG mgmt, where I've consistently had excellent service over 5+ visits.

                  In chain restaurants I have found it's all about the GM. Strong GM => strong staff and great service. Weak GM and it all slowly (or not so slowly) degrades. (BTW, much like grammar schools and principals).

                  We'll see what happens in Boca.

                  PS: And freaker I will try the jamabalya again, I'm pretty fussy about my jambalaya (I used to spend hours making Paul Pruhdommes' version), so we'll see if I just got lucky the one night I had it and liked - or what.

                  1. re: CFByrne

                    We've eaten at their Illinois location many times and enjoy it, but I definitely would agree with freakerdude that one should stay with simple grill and pub food items and avoid the fancier dishes. If their tap beer selection is simoilar to their ther locations it will be a fine place for a meal.

                    1. re: CFByrne

                      Different locations or even different nights can have different results. The jambalaya cream type spicy sauce was very good but the crawfish were way overcooked and andouille sausage, chicken, and shrimp didn't add much. Heck, I posted how good my lunch was at Cod & Capers then someone posted how it was the worst fried shrimp they ever had and the conch fritters were conch-less...hehe. That's what's good about all of this, you can get a good average of the overall results.

                    2. re: southocean

                      We ate at Yardhouse at Gulfstream about 6 mos ago and it was a lovely meal. But then again it wasn't busy. Racing season had not yet begun. I love the tap room and I love the beer selection. Wish it was closer to my house. Will have to try the one in Boca.

                      Jennifer in Delray

                1. it's going to be located in the old movie theater not Zed's.

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                  1. re: smartie

                    The mayor of Boca has announced that the theatre at Mizner will be renovated and reopened. Anyone know where Yardhouse is going?

                      1. re: Alfred G

                        Hmmm...

                        August 22, 2011|By Rebekah Monson, Sun Sentinel
                        BOCA RATON — Yard House is planning to a open a restaurant in the former Cartoon Museum at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. A new restaurant is coming to the former Cartoon Museum space in Mizner Park.

                        The Community Redevelopment Agency on Monday unanimously approved a resolution that would allow Yard House USA to open a restaurant in the building, regardless of what happens to the troubled Mizner Park Cultural Arts Association."

                        http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011...

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                        Yard House
                        320 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

                        1. re: CFByrne

                          Just saw an announcement in the paper yesterday that they would definitely be coming in. Looking forward to seeing Mizner revitalized although they shot themselves in the foot putting meters in but with the new theater, etc. all should be good.

                    1. Big restaurant news for those who haven't heard - Darden has agreed to purchase Yard House USA restos (all 39) for a whopping $585M cash-ola.

                      1. This place served me a coffee with the most pungent ball of rancid cream I have ever seen. I got a mouth full of it, not realizing what was hidden under the top layer of froth. When I pointed this out, the waiter said "okay" and walked away with it. Luckily that was the first round. The six of us got up and left without ordering food. Farewell, Darden.

                        1. Had a horrible experience at the Yardhouse in San Diego and will not be back.

                          Just because they have low turnover doesn't mean their management is what is keeping them there.

                          My husband left a restaurant group that had their human resources based out of California and it was impossible for him to fire employees that needed to be fired including illegal drugs and assault.

                          They had to be written up three times, counseled and all firings had to go through the California human resources department. Kind of hard to run a restaurant when your hands are tied by west coast HR department. His average employee had been with him six years because he couldn't get rid of them.