June 2016 Restaurant Openings and Closings in Broward and Palm Beach

Blue Willy's Barbecue reopened in Oakland Park in June.
Blue Willy's Barbecue reopened in Oakland Park in June.

June was a busy month for South Florida restaurants.

Who are we kidding? It seems like every month is a busy month when it comes to the restaurant industry in Broward and Palm Beach counties — especially when it comes to new restaurant openings (and some old favorites closing).

While a rash of new eateries swept both counties last month — including the highly-anticipated reopening of Blue Willy's Barbecue and SwitchBox Coffee Roasters in Oakland Park — there's still more to come. That includes Lost Weekend and the Regional in West Palm Beach; B-Square Burgers & Booze and Bar Rita in Fort Lauderdale; and new breweries Driftwood Ales (Boynton Beach) and Odd Breed Wild Ales (Pompano Beach).

Old haunts opening new locations? That's happening too. There's a second location in the works for Delray Beach-based Beer Trade Co., which just announced it will be opening the same craft-beer-focused concept in the former Sonny's Gelato space off Federal Highway in Boca Raton. People are also talking about the Riverside Market, which is planning a third location in Plantation. And Fort Lauderdale-based juice and smoothie shop Myapapaya is also looking to open a second store in west Broward County.

Closings included longtime West Palm Beach establishment Palm Beach Ale House and Max's Social House in Delray Beach, which bid farewell June 26, joining the ranks of restaurants to come and go in the same spot.

New Motor City Pizza opened in Boynton Beach in June.
New Motor City Pizza opened in Boynton Beach in June.
Photo by Nicole Danna


  • Q Salsas Latin Bar & Grill, Wellington
  • Hot Pie, Royal Palm Beach
  • El Unico Restaurant, West Palm Beach
  • Motor City Pizza & Deli, Boynton Beach
  • Lil' Sal's Pizza Express, Boynton Beach
  • Jupiter Donuts, Boynton Beach
  • Full of Crepe, Delray Beach
  • Saffron & Curry, Delray Beach
  • Boca Indian Grill, Boca Raton
  • 3 Natives, Boca Raton
  • Giardino Gourmet Salads, Sunrise
  • Casa Tequila, Coral Springs
  • Big Rooster's Southern Table, Coral Springs
  • Texas Blue Barbecue, Pompano Beach
  • Kaya's Mediterranean Bistro, Pembroke Pines
  • Kickin Crawfish Seafood Tap House, Lauderdale Lakes
  • Viva Tokyo Mexican and Japanese, Oakland Park
  • Blue Willy's BBQ, Oakland Park (reopened)
  • SwitchBox Coffee Roasters, Oakland Park
  • Burrito Station, Oakland Park
  • Thai Moon by the Sea, Fort Lauderdale
  • Na-Bu Japanese Buffet, Fort Lauderdale
  • Casa Calabria, Fort Lauderdale
  • Bar Red Beard, Fort Lauderdale
  • Gioia, Fort Lauderdale
  • Kitchen 420, Fort Lauderdale
  • Island Fusion Grill, Fort Lauderdale
  • Spring Chicken, Fort Lauderdale
  • Dolce & Salato Cafe, Fort Lauderdale
  • E&J Texas BBQ, Fort Lauderdale (food truck)
  • Face Food Subs, Bowls & Burritos, Hollywood
  • Runeros Brasa & Grill, Hollywood
  • TooJay's, Hallandale Beach
Max's Social House closed in June.
Max's Social House closed in June.
Photo courtesy of Max's Social House


  • Chowderheads, West Palm Beach
  • Max's Social House, Delray Beach
  • Merlino's, Boca Raton
  • Cafe de Paris, Fort Lauderdale
  • Frida & Sharo's Cuban Cuisine, Fort Lauderdale
  • Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Fort Lauderdale
  • 33rd & Dine, Fort Lauderdale
  • Grill Republic, Fort Lauderdale
  • Palm Beach Ale House & Raw Bar, West Palm Beach

Coming Soon

  • Lost Weekend, West Palm Beach 
  • The Regional Kitchen & Public House, West Palm Beach 
  • Pie Five Pizza Co., West Palm Beach (multiple locations) 
  • Driftwood Ales, Boynton Beach 
  • Banyan Restaurant & Bar, Delray Beach 
  • Sliderz, Boca Raton 
  • Beer Trade Co., Boca Raton
  • Junior's of New York, Boca Raton 
  • Shaker & Pie, Boca Raton 
  • Ouzo Bay, Boca Raton 
  • Louie Bossi's Ristorante, Boca Raton 
  • The Blonde Hen & Company, Pompano Beach 
  • Pompano Beach House, Pompano Beach 
  • Oceanic Dining, Pompano Beach 
  • Rubio's Restaurant, Fort Lauderdale 
  • B-Square Burgers & Booze, Fort Lauderdale 
  • South Florida Distillers, Fort Lauderdale (relocating)
  • TRP Taste, Fort Lauderdale 
  • One Door East, Fort Lauderdale 
  • Bar Rita, Fort Lauderdale 
  • Good Spirits Neighborhood Tavern, Fort Lauderdale 
  • Lemongrass Hot Pot, Hollywood 
  • Sliderz, Plantation 
  • Riverside Market, Plantation
  • Mayapapaya, Plantation
  • World of Beer, Plantation

Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.

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