Openings and Closings

Bova Ristorante in Boca Raton Closes

With all the restaurants closing their doors lately, it's easy to get a little jaded. But it's a shock when a powerhouse like Bova Ristorante quits, which, according to employees at the restaurant, is just what happened Saturday night.

The restaurant, at 1450 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton, closed for good following service on Saturday evening. It's unclear at this time exactly what led to the closure, but Clean Plate Charlie will keep you posted.

Bova's loss is a big one. In 2006, we called it the Best New Restaurant in Palm Beach in a write-up that poked a bit of fun at the long lines and high prices (the two in tandem are usually a good sign). In recent years, the Bova brand has expanded under the management of attorney Scott Rothstein and includes the popular Las Olas location and two upcoming ventures, one in South Beach's famed Versace Mansion called Bova @ Casa Casuarina and the other in in the former Jackson's Steakhouse spot called Bova Smoke. Bova Group officially announced its two new locations today.

According to employees still at the restaurant, the group is already planning on opening a new concept in the Bova Ristorante spot in early 2010.

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John Linn