The gastropub is growing in South Florida, a new era of dining that's sparked a spate of food-serving bars. The portmanteau of "gastronomy" and "pub," these hybrid establishments are meant to evoke the boisterous gathering spots originating in London in the early 90s. They're a place where you can get some stellar grub and a tasty drink -- all for a good price, and with a lively, communal atmosphere.
Luckily, the concept meshes well with the nation's other hot food trends of the moment: a focus on local, seasonal fare; cooking with the entire animal; boutique spirits; and a celebration of craft everything. All these elements play out in casual, tavern-like atmospheres, and you have a recipe for almost certain success.
To continue the momentum, a new gastropub dubbed the Gluttonous Goat will be celebrating its first day of business tomorrow in Boca Raton. The team behind the new establishment is using the name "craft house," to describe the theme as an outlet for everything small-batch, local and craft served up in a casual, tavern-style atmosphere.