Openings and Closings

Restaurant News: Il Bacio Goes "Wet, White and Blue," Ouzo Blue Goes Dark, Paddy McGee's Goes to Delray

•    Party like a patriot at Il

Bacio, where on Sunday, May 30, the niteclubby Delray restaurant

will host its "Wet, White and Blue" bash. On tap for the event, which

begins at 6 p.m., are live reggae from Hard Drive; drinks specials from

Bacardi, 1800 Tequila and 42 Below vodka; sounds by DJ Brett the Hitman;

and a fashion show full of bikini-clad eye candy, plus display of body

art done by John Neyrot, official body paint artist for Sports

Illustrated's 2010 Swimsuit Edition. To keep your strength up, the

regular menu will be offered, as well as roster of specials off the

restaurant's custom 8-foot grill.

•    They're singing the blues at Ouzo Blue, the twin Greek eateries with the party hearty atmosphere, as without warning both the Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens locations have shut down. A shitty economy and undercapitalization were reportedly the causes, as well as alleged financial hanky-panky by a person associated with the restaurants. Even so, Ouzo's owners are still trying to open a Coconut Grove location, though the batting average of restaurants in that town isn't exactly encouraging.

•     The rich just keep getting richer, at least when it comes to restaurant-rich Atlantic Avenue in Delray. The newest addition to the street's dining lineup is Paddy McGee's (307 E. Atlantic Ave., 561-865-7341), a nouveau Irish pub with a roster of craft beers on tap and menu of traditional (and not-so-traditional) Irish dishes. What that means is that you can wash down your shepherd's pie, bangers & mash, and roast beef with Yorkshire pudding with a pint o' Guinness or Harp, while swilling Arrogant Bastard ale and Amstel Light with your smoked fish dip, Philly cheesesteak and nachos.

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Bill Citara