Openings and Closings

Restaurant News: Can Can Can't, Wild Olives Café Debuts, Close But No Bocuse for Liberman

•    Well, that didn't last long. Carousel Can Can Café, the CityPlace restaurantainment venue whose high-kicking can-can babes were supposed to make its ersatz French food go down easier, has kicked the bucket after only six months. Reportedly the CP folks are negotiating with a new tenant, whose concept will need to show better, and longer, legs.

•    Top TV toque Todd English has opened his second Wild Olives in PBC, this one a Wild Olives Café in the old Italian Oven Café spot in CityPlace. A more casual and less pricy eatery than the posh Boca Raton Olives, this one features mostly starters, flatbreads, pastas and panini, with entrée prices all under $20.

•    Former Forte d'Asprinio chef de cuisine and Roxy's consulting chef Mark Liberman's bid to represent the U.S. next year in the prestigious Bocuse d'Or culinary competition has sadly come up short. The winner was James Kent of Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan, who beat out Liberman and 10 other American chefs. Also sad is the news that Liberman, one of South Florida's finest young chefs, has moved to San Francisco. Our loss.   

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Bill Citara