Openings and Closings

Restaurant News: Heart Stoppers Lawsuit, Adios Maria, Gigi's and Bice Close

•    Medic! Delray's new Heart Stoppers Café may be on life support with the filing of a federal lawsuit alleging the local temple to caloric and cholesterolic consumption illegally swiped its unhealthy medical theme from an Arizona eatery called the Heart Attack Grill. Heart Stoppers' owners don't see it that way, though, so you can bet it's the lawyers who will make a killing.

•    As a restaurateur, Carlos Santana is a great. . . musician. At least that's how it seems at Boca Raton's Town Center mall, where the long-promised debut of Santana co-owned Maria Maria proved to be as ephemeral as a guitar solo. Though the chain of upscale Mexican eateries recently opened a fifth outlet in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Town Center location just ain't gonna happen, though a Southwestern restaurant will reportedly take over the space.

•    And to the list of stick a fork in 'em, they're done local restaurants, add two more. Bice Bistro in Palm Beach Gardens and Gigi's Tavern in Mizner Park have gone to that great dumpster in the sky. Rumors have long had it that local restaurateur Karl Alterman, one of the original owners of Gigi's when it opened more than a dozen years ago, will be involved in its replacement but for now that can neither be confirmed nor denied.

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Bill Citara