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Marc Falsetto of Rok:Brgr Hopes to See More Chefs Taking Culinary Leaps

Tastemaker 17 is Marc Falsetto, founder and CEO of ROK:BRGR Burger Bar and Gastropub in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

You've probably noticed that gastropubs serving up craft beers and hand-crafted burgers are pretty popular these days. And for good reason - craft burgers and craft beers are two of the greatest things to ever have the word craft put in front of them.

What you may or may not know, is that ROK:BRGR and its founder Falsetto were at the head of the crashing tidal wave that is the gastropub trend.

Instead of just slinging plain beef patties and fries washed down American lagers, Falsetto's burgers are culinary creations made from Kobe beef with toppings like fried eggs and lobster. And instead of just fries, how about a helping of poutine? Nowadays, every bar in town is expanding their craft beer selection but they most likely wouldn't be if ROK:BRGR hadn't lead the way, giving locals a thirst for more than the average six pack.

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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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