Openings and Closings

Updated: Gloria Estefan to Open Bongos Cuban Cafe in Seminole Hard Rock Casino

Well, the fate of the old Jazziz space in Seminole Paradise Hollywood has finally been determined: (Correction: Bongos will debut in a new space across from Paradise Live/Opium.)

Update: Word on the street is that Fort Lauderdale bad boy Steve Martorano will be the one to move into the Jazziz Space, however Seminole Paradise has not yet confirmed that information.

Gloria and Emilio Estefan will open Bongo's Cuban Cafe, a Latin-themed supper club, in a new space in Seminole Paradise this spring.

Bongos, to be located directly across from Live and Opium will feature two outdoor seating areas in addition to the redesigned, multilevel interior, where live music will play. Aside from the band, the focal point of the room with be a new, 25-foot rotisserie (can you say chicken?) and twin glass elevators that lead up to a posh, rooftop cabana bar with "VIP tower and high-rollers suite."

There's no exact date set for launch as of yet. But the restaurant and lounge will definitely jibe with the music and entertainment theme proffered at Seminole Paradise. This Bongos will mark the third location of the Estafans' young franchise, which they hope to expand into other Hard Rock entertainment complexes worldwide. (The other Bongos is located in the American Airlines Arena.)

First the Dolphins, now Hard Rock. It's official: The Estefans are taking over South Florida.

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John Linn