Change is good, right? That's the hope with a few major shakeups at a couple restaurants in Palm Beach County, one involving a new chef and the other bringing a new name, owner, and menu to the table. After the jump, find a few bits of South Florida restaurant news to start off your weekend.
Wicked Awesome Snackbar to become Sybarite Pig: Fans of Wicked Awesome Snackbar in west Boca were dealt a wicked bummer Friday morning when owner Paul Berger announced via Facebook that he has sold the restaurant after just a few months of operation. But don't fret, Berger said; "the new owner, Daniel, is a foodie and craft beer expert, and his goal is to make the Wicked Awesome location even more wicked awesomer."
Berger said he came to the decision after a rough few months of working "16 hours a day, 7 days a week" -- an "impossible schedule for me and my family." The new restaurant, Sybarite Pig, will reopen in the space after a week or so of renovations. Wicked Awesome had a solid craft beer selection, and fans of the eatery can expect that to continue under the new ownership. Among the proposed changes for the new restaurant are an expanded bar and the addition of 16 beer taps, plus some menu tweaks. Clean Plate Charlie has made contact with the new owner and will report back next week with more details on the project.
Prime in Delray Beach hires new chef: Chef Johndavid Hensley (yes; no space between John and david) has been hired as executive chef at Prime in Delray Beach. Hensley comes by way of Southampton, New York, and his resume includes the likes of Indian Cove and Greek Bites Grill & Cafe, among others. Hensley fills the position previously occupied by Peter Masiello, who now heads the kitchen at Damiano. Hensley will implement new seasonal menus and daily specials. Stay tuned for an interview with the new chef later this month.
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