Among the new restaurants to debut in the notoriously sleepy summer season is Delray Beach's swanky Salt7, which debuted last month in Worthing Place. The steak and sushi joint opened to the general public on Friday, June 15, but Salt7 marketing director Michelle Lefkowitz said the grand opening event won't take place until later this summer.
"We've been slammed since opening," she said. "We're overwhelmed by the response."
The restaurant interior can seat 100, with an additional space for 100 outside and a 50-person private room. Lefkowitz said the team behind the restaurant puts an emphasis on creating "atmosphere" with the intention that diners would "start with dinner and just not want to leave." Details like an entertainment system broadcasting music videos throughout the night transition the place from a restaurant to "more of a bar" as the evening progresses, Lefkowitz said.
The menu leans heavily on steaks, sushi, and raw bar items. Apps -- like a yellowtail sashimi with citrus pinzu and jalapenos -- run from $14 to $17, save for the $7 edamame. Raw bar items are dictated by market price, as are some of the sushi and fish specialties, while steaks and chops range from $27 for the pork chops to $59 for a bone-in filet (there's also the porterhouse for two people clocking in at $87). Sushi rolls -- there are a dozen specialty choices -- are priced $14 and higher.
Salt7 owners John Kostoglou and Tom Culkar also are principles at Sushi Rock Restaurant in Cleveland. Chef Scott Buttari serves as the restaurant's corporate chef.Local, daily duties are handled by Chad Reeves and sushi chef Ruey. Lefkowitz said the restaurant will collaborate with other local businesses on certain projects, such as teaming with Delray's Cupcake Couture Sweet Boutique to create a specialty dessert to be served in-house. The salt and caramel cupcake is available only in the restaurant, as is a specialty cocktail inspired by the dessert.
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