Well, Broward, you are in luck. Drive, run, swim, or blow on down to the Quarterdeck locations in Fort Lauderdale, Davie, or Plantation, and you can grab lunch and drinks until about 2 or 3 p.m. this afternoon, depending upon the weather.
“We are operating with skeleton crews, but we’re trying to get some lunch out,” says Quarterdeck co-owner Frank Zaffere.
Even Aruba’s infamous hurricane party has been stifled by the impending Hurricane Matthew, a potential Category 4 or 5 storm hovering just offshore that is threatening Florida’s entire coastline.
For those brave souls who have chosen to ride out the storm near Fort Lauderdale Beach or Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Domino’s at 3416 N. Ocean Blvd. near Galt Ocean Mile has you covered.
“We’re going to monitor the storm, and if the winds get too high and it gets to a dangerous level, we are going to discontinue delivery, but as long as we have power, we are going to stay open for carry out,” says owner Bill Dawson. Call 954-561-5772.
If you don't have enough alcohol in your pantry to last until tomorrow, you should find Boatyard, Tarpon Bend, Yolo, S3, Fork and Balls, Vibe, and O Lounge all open for regular hours. Tim Petrillo, president of the Restaurant People, says that unfortunately, today they had to close all locations.
“We wouldn’t want to jeopardize the safety of our staff,” Petrillo says from his home in Fort Lauderdale. “We want them to be at home and be with their families. Me? I’m going to be going crazy sitting inside.”
Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens, III Forks and Cantina Laredo in Hallandale, Max's Grille in Boca Raton and Max's Harvest in Delray, Burger Bar in Palm Beach, Louie Bossi's and Big City Tavern in Fort Lauderdale, City Oyster in Delray and City Cellar in West Palm Beach, as well as Josie's in Boynton Beach are all closed today but scheduled to reopen for regular hours tomorrow.
Shooters Waterfront is closed too, their cozy patio furniture locked away from Matthew’s grip. An ominous wind blows across their eerily quiet dock, and the high tide appears dangerously close to spilling over the seawall.
But have no fear, for starting tomorrow and lasting throughout the weekend, whenever it is actively raining outside of the restaurant, Shooters Waterfront will offer “When It Rains, We Pour” specials, including 50 percent off house wines, Shooters Ale, Hurricane Cocktails, select sushi rolls, and flatbreads.
Party on, South Florida, but stay safe, and if you know any places that are open, please share it with us and your fellow readers in the comments section below.
Wendy Rhodes is a freelance writer and award-winning author. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @WendyRhodesFL.