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Why Red, The Steakhouse Closed its Boca Raton Location

Red, The Steakhouse closed its Boca Raton location this past weekend. The Ohio-based restaurant has successfully operated a South Beach location for several years and, capitalizing on that success, opened a Boca location in Spring 2012.

Now, almost two years to the date, the restaurant has shuttered its doors at the Palm Beach county outpost. Why did the Boca Raton location close when the South Beach Red continues to thrive?

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"We had a good run, but ultimately Boca Raton wasn't proving to be a lucrative enough market for Red," says owner and restaurateur Brad Friedlander. "We appreciate all of the amazing support we've received since our launch in Boca and invite diehard prime steak fans to join us at our South Miami or Ohio locations."

The small steakhouse chain that prides itself on serving Certified Angus Beef Prime steak, also received an offer it couldn't refuse. Neighboring restaurant, Farmer's Table, offered to buy the remaining lease so it could expand its operation due to an increase in private party and corporate event requests. That sealed the deal for Red's Friedlander, who decided that made the perfect opportunity to focus on the restaurant's popular South Beach location, helmed by executive chef/partner Peter Vauthy.

So, it you've a hankering for some of Red's Certified Angus Beef Prime steak, of which less than two percent of all beef receives, you've got to schlep to South Beach. The only good part? Miami still much closer than Ohio.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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