It's been almost a year since we announced that Tap 42, the Fort Lauderdale-originated gastropub offering up to 42 craft beer taps, would be opening a second location in Boca Raton. And the wait is finally over: Tap 42's parent company, TapCo. Restaurant Group, has announced the official grand opening date for its Boca establishment slated for Saturday, July 11. When doors open at 11 a.m., it will be just in time for the restaurant's famous "bottomless" brunch, with $15 all-you-can-drink mimosas, bloody marys, and Harpoon UFO White on draft available until 3 p.m.
Founded in 2011 by brothers Sean and Blaise McMackin, Tap 42 drew crowds as one of the area's first concepts to combine signature architectural design with a chef-driven menu, and craft beer and cocktail beverage program. Today, Tap 42 is known nationwide for its modern gastropub-style fare, and large selection of craft beer.
As the newest addition to the Shops at Boca Center, the Tap 42 Boca Raton location will boast a bar and food program slightly different from its sister establishment in Fort Lauderdale, while still offering the same popular Tap 42 specials. That includes $5 Prohibition Burger Monday, Ladies' Night on Wednesday, and the restaurant's well-known "bottomless" brunch on both Saturday and Sunday.
"As we expand, we don’t think any of our beverage programs should be cookie-cutter in nature," said TapCo. Restaurant Group CEO Doug Rudolph. "[With the opening of our second location] we're looking forward to introducing many new and exciting options to Boca Raton."
The Tap 42 Boca Raton location will also have its own craft beer director, meaning the restaurant's core drafts, rotating drafts, craft cocktail menu, and special events will be location-specific. In other words: There are some things you'll be able to eat, drink, and experience only at the Boca Raton Tap 42.
The 6,339-square-foot craft beer bar and restaurant will open at 5050 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton in the former English Tap and Beer Garden space and across from Rocco's Tacos. The space boasts more than 200 seats and a large outdoor patio.
Rudolph said he is extremely excited for the new Boca Raton location and looks forward to growing the Tap 42 brand both statewide and nationwide in the coming years, including a third location expected to open later this year at 301 Giralda Ave. in Coral Gables.
"Boca, for so long, has been referred to as an older destination, which just isn't true," says TapCo. Restaurant Group's partner and vice president of development, Alex Rudolph. "It's a great place for young families who want to lead an active and exciting lifestyle, which flows through to their choice of dining and drinking venues. We are really excited to become the new go-to spot for people looking for great food in a lively atmosphere, and hopefully the neighborhood will feel the same way."
Tap 42 Boca Raton is located at the Shops at Boca, 5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton. Visit tap42.com.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.
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