Openings and Closings

The Summer's Six Hottest Restaurant Openings in South Florida

This year has been an eventful one for the South Florida dining scene. The Broward and Palm Beach County area saw more restaurant openings throughout the summer months of 2016 than any other year,  which is incredible, to say the least.

From big-time barbecue with 4 Rivers Smokehouse and a Miami chef venturing north of the county line for the first time to a locally famous chef opening his own neighborhood spot in West Palm Beach, these five restaurants represent this year's hottest new places to dine in South Florida.
6. Andean-Inspired Cholo Soy Cocina Opens in West Palm Beach
In April, local celebrity chef and 2016 Chef vs. Chef winner Clay Carnes announced plans to open his first restaurant in West Palm Beach's antique district, what has quickly become the city's hottest new restaurant row following the openings of places like Grato, Kitchen, EmKo, and Table 26. On Thursday, September 29, Cholo Soy Cocina officially opened for business, serving both lunch and dinner. Here, Carnes' main focus is the taco, which, he says, is "the perfect vehicle for any ingredient or flavor combination."
5. New Flagship Bay Bays Chicken & Waffles Restaurant Opens in Boynton Beach 
an opportunity available to people in the continental U.S Last month, Bay Bays Chicken & Waffles founder Israel Johnson opened his third restaurant in Boynton Beach, which he calls his flagship location. The custom-designed space will allow Johnson to show future franchisees,  what their own Bay Bays could look like, an opportunity available to people in the continental U.S. And, of course, they serve some of the best fried chicken and waffles around.
4. Miami's Joshua Wahler Opens First Broward County Restaurant, Nisi, in Fort Lauderdale
Well-known Miami-based chef and Hell's Kitchen contestant Joshua Wahler, who spent time in some of the country's most lauded kitchens including New York City's Gramercy Tavern and Spice Market as well as Miami's Nobu, launched his first restaurant in Broward County this week. The concept resides in the former Thasos Greek Taverna space in Fort Lauderdale.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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