The latest episode of The Office doesn't star Steve Carell but David Manero.
Let me explain. There are actually two Offices: one a TV show that reveals Life In a Cubicle as the mind-numbing, soul-sucking vampire it really is. The other is a coming restaurant from one of South Florida's chief dining impresarios.
This second Office will slide into the Atlantic Avenue spot in downtown Delray formerly occupied by Louie Louie, with an opening pegged for late November. Manero, whose eatery empire also includes Vic & Angelo's in Delray and Palm Beach Gardens and DeVito South Beach in Miami, says the food will be "very California in style. . . imaginative American with Asian influences. . . the ultimate gastropub."
That means everything from USDA Prime steaks and burgers ground fresh daily, to oak-grilled fish, plus 40 or so craft brews on tap. No chef has been chosen yet, but Manero says he's looking both at local and out-of-town candidates.
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Despite The Office's ambitions and a "multimillion dollar" design by wife Lynn, prices will fall on the more affordable side of the dining spectrum, with a check average of about $25. Let's hope enough of us are still employed at the end of the year to afford it.