Openings and Closings

12 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in Broward and Palm Beach for 2016

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6. Shaker & Pie
305 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Call 561-939-2520, or visit
Later this year, Subculture Group — owners of Kapow! Noodle Bar, the Dubliner, and Tryst, among others — will open the doors to its new high-end pizza joint in Boca Raton's Mizner Park. The new concept will take over the former Cheese Course space next door to Tanzy iPic, and will combine the vibrant Subculture bar scene with high-end pies and classic craft cocktails, says Subculture partner Scott Frielich. The concept has its roots in cofounder Vaughan Dugan's organic pizza business, Pizza Fusion, which will lend its Earth-friendly ethos to Shaker & Pie's intimate, sit-down concept. Pizzas will be made in a wood-fired oven alongside affordably priced Italian gastropub-type entrées and snacks. Expect to see items like pastas, house-cured meats and cheeses, and seafood and steaks. As for the vibe: think a speakeasy theme with a hopping, bustling bar scene and a list of more than 20 cocktails featuring organic spirits, house-made fruit infusions, small-batch bitters and tonics, and a variety of fresh garnishes from the restaurant's own cocktail "salad bar."

5. One Door East
620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-523-5767.
We've been waiting — and waiting — for the opening of a new restaurant concept coming to Fort Lauderdale from Valentino chef-owner Giovanni Rocchio, named New Times Broward-Palm Beach 2015 best chef. Rocchio and partner Elke Quintana announced the groundbreaking of their latest concept six months ago, which means we are most certainly ready for a 2016 grand opening of One Door East, located next door to the chef's longtime Fort Lauderdale establishment, located at 620 S. Federal Highway. Rocchio and Quintana describe the concept as a globally inspired tapas restaurant. The concept will focus on sharing-sized plates, with some larger dishes with influences from across the globe: Spain, Asia, Africa, and the United States. The goal for Rocchio is to explore different flavors and style of cooking. Expect to see a few signature dishes, however: paella, house-made charcuterie, and artisan cheese platters; wood-fired meats and fish; and a unique spin on a burger. Although the focus will be on the food, Rocchio says One Door East will boast a bar and late-night scene. With an industrial-vibe decor — think steel and reclaimed wood — the space will offer a comprehensive beverage program with chef-driven drinks paired with a large selection of craft beer, some sakes, and wine by the glass. The vibe isn't the only thing that will be more easygoing: Prices will be also be easier on the wallet, about $50 to $60 per person versus the $90 to $100 at Rocchio's cutting-edge Italian eatery. 

4. Lemongrass Hot Pot
Hollywood. No address yet.
Taiwanese import Lemongrass Hot Pot has found a lot of success with its first stateside restaurant in Boca Raton. The superfocused concept is popular in China, and it's the sort of place where people go for healthier dining options. The name refers to several East Asian varieties of do-it-yourself stew where simmering metal pots of stock are used to cook everything from meats and seafood to fresh vegetables. At the new Lemongrass Hot Pot coming to Hollywood later this year, you'll be able to choose from several broth bases, including the signature organic lemongrass, hot and spicy, or tomato-based broth — and an unlimited selection of raw meat, seafood, and vegetables — priced at $25.50 per person. Still hungry after an all-you-can-eat dinner? Belly up to the dessert section of the buffet bar for some sweet treats, including green tea or red bean ice cream. It's all included, all the way up until 1 a.m. on weekdays (and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights). Who said eating late at night had to be boring — or bad for you?

3. Spring Chicken
2400 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale.
Broward County is about to get to jump on the nationwide fancy fried chicken train. Spring Chicken, a concept by Miami-based 50 Eggs Hospitality, is about to bring Yardbird Southern Table & Bar's award-winning chicken to Broward — but in a fast-casual format. Slated to open sometime in March, the eatery will feature a selection of fried and grilled poultry, salads, biscuits, and other baked goods, including what CEO John Kunkel says is an impressive scone. The original working name for the fried-chicken-focused restaurant, Llewellyn's, was a nod to Kunkel's granny, who would brine her birds for 27 hours before covering them in a cayenne-peppered flour and frying them. The Fort Lauderdale location will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the eatery will also feature made-to-order items like breakfast ham-and-cheese biscuits, and a number of grab-and-go dishes. Check averages should be in the $12 to $14 range for food.

2. Bar Rita
1401 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-463-4900.
Just when you thought you'd heard all the news there is to hear about Tap 42 founders Sean and Blaise McMackin doing big things in South Florida — from Blaise's new coffee shop, Warsaw, to the new Tap 42 locations in Boca Raton and Coral Gables  — the members of the restaurant team are most looking forward to their latest concept: Bar Rita. Rather than beer and coffee, however, Bar Rita will be all about modern Mexican cuisine and handcrafted margaritas. The restaurant is slated to debut later this spring, opening in the two-story custom designed building located on the Tap 42 property located off South Andrews Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Here, you won't find the usual Tex-Mex suspects like nachos, enchiladas, or burritos, but rather a unique interpretation of the what its creators are calling "modern Mexican bar food." The best part: The 5,500-square-foot, two-story establishment will have a rooftop margarita bar. 

1. TRP Taste
1 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
We couldn't be more excited to hear about plans for Tim Petrillo and the Restaurant People's (TRP) upcoming — and possibly first — rooftop lounge, slated to open in downtown Fort Lauderdale later this year at the corner of Andrews and West Las Olas Boulevard. Guests will have breathtaking views of both the city's downtown skyline and the New River, says Petrillo, who hopes to open by the end of summer. But wait, there's more. The group has also taken the ground-floor retail space in the same building for a new restaurant concept it's dubbed TRP Taste. Petrillo isn't giving us too many details, but he's calling it a "show kitchen" that will highlight a number of ideas the South Florida market hasn't seen yet aimed at creating a new trend in dining out. "Our goal is to invite our loyal guests in to taste some new menu items that we are dreaming up for one of our restaurants, invite other chefs in from around the area and nation to collaborate with TRP to create an incredible, one-of-a-kind dining experience available regularly throughout the year. We may even host some cooking exhibitions and classes in this space. The idea is to have a restaurant that will help cultivate the culinary community."

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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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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