Openings and Closings

Restaurant News: Boca Wings to Become the Smokehouse, Hamburger Haven Reopens, Starbucks Serves Free Wi-Fi

• Come September-October, Boca Wings & Ribs (2257 N. Federal Highway; 561-391-9110) will morph into the Smokehouse, a purveyor of serious barbecue and the second barbecue joint to open on North Federal Highway in Boca Raton this year. New owners Mark Uffer and Erik Frasco have brought in a custom-made smoker and grill as well as embarked on a major renovation of the unassuming strip-mall space. The restaurant is remaining open throughout the redo.

Hamburger Haven (1014 N. Tamarind Ave.; 561-833-1713), the West Palm eatery that's dished up close to 10 million burgers from its modest Tamarind Avenue space since 1947, has reopened following a city-financed face-lift. Don't confuse it with Hamburger Heaven, another burger-slinger that operates from considerably loftier quarters not too far away in downtown Palm Beach.

• Any hope of actually getting a seat at your local Starbucks has probably just vanished with the chain's introduction of free, unlimited Wi-Fi service. You don't have to register or anything; just click and the web is at your feet. But you still have to drink their shitty coffee.

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Bill Citara