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Soon, the Flagler Village location of North Italia, owned by the Cheesecake Factory, will open, and Oceano Kitchen will relocate to Lake Worth Beach

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    When it comes to food, South Florida is a great place to be. So many new restaurants open nearly every day. Here’s what’s coming soon to a city near you.

    Luna Rosa Sandwiches, Delray Beach

    It’s been two months since owner David Hunt closed the beloved Sandwiches by the Sea, his nautically themed port-of-call for handhelds a block from the ocean, after 22 years in business. In its place will rise this new sandwicherie from another Delray Beach veteran, Fran Marincola, who has operated casual Italian eatery Caffe Luna Rosa around the corner since 1993. Opening later this winter, the shop is registered to Maricola and business partner Kim Thomas. No menu or website is yet available, but the eatery is expected to offer some of the fresh-baked breads already served at Caffe Luna Rosa. 1214 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 

    Baoshi Food Hall & Bar, Pembroke Pines

    A clubby food hall in the Broward suburbs? Believe it: The 148-seat Baoshi, slated to open in November from owner Filbert Ip, replaces the dim sum palace Gold Marquess, which his parents operated for seven years before it closed after Chinese New Year in March 2022. Gold Marquess will live on as one of Baoshi’s five vendors, with a condensed menu of steamed pork dumplings, barbecued pork buns, snow pea tips, wok-fried noodles and ginger-scallion lobster. Other vendors include the first outpost of Fort Lauderdale’s Temple Street Eatery and Gangnam Chikn, which serves Korean fried chicken and bibimbap bowls, plus two TBA vendors handling coffee, desserts, sushi and poke bowls. Meanwhile, Baoshi’s indoor-outdoor Zen Den is a full-liquor bar that will host karaoke nights and serve wines, sakes and cocktails. 8525 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines; BaoshiFoodHall.com

    A’Lu Mexican Cuisine, Boynton Beach

    Richard Charleston and executive chef Wes Newson teamed up for this concept inspired by San Diego/Tijuana street tacos as well as the classic native cuisine of coastal Mexico. There will be a soft to-go-only opening Oct. 30 and a grand opening soon after. With 82 seats inside and 116 outside, the restaurant overlooks Quantum Lakes. “Whether you are sitting inside or on the patio, your view is only that of a serene lake surrounded by trees,” says Charleston. “You easily forget that you are in South Florida and in the middle of Boynton Beach.” 1080 Gateway Blvd. (in the Quantum Town Center), Boynton Beach; alupalmbeach.com 

    The Fish Taco at A'Lu Mexican Cuisine in Boynton Beach. (A'Lu Mexican Cuisine/Courtesy)

    A'Lu Mexican Cuisine

    The Fish Taco at A’Lu Mexican Cuisine in Boynton Beach. (A’Lu Mexican Cuisine/Courtesy)

    Smith & Webster Restaurant and Bar, Coral Springs

    The newish restaurant empire of Starex Smith, aka food influencer-blogger “The Hungry Black Man,” grows by one with this soulful American restaurant scheduled to debut Nov. 1 in the Turtle Crossing plaza at State Road 7 and Wiles Road. This is Smith & Webster’s first outpost after its flagship arrived in North Miami in May 2022, and a partnership from Smith, retired Super Bowl champion Kayvon Webster and pro-basketball player Brandon Knight. (Smith and Knight also opened Southern eatery Brandon’s Bistro last March in Pembroke Pines.) The upscale sit-down, which replaces the Knight-owned Holy Hog Barbecue, will serve entrees including Hawaiian-seasoned, bone-in ribeye; Cajun chicken pasta; braised oxtail lasagna with whipped lemon zest ricotta; 12-hour brined and smoked fire-grilled chicken wings; miso-glazed Scottish salmon; and Ethiopian-spiced branzino. 4372 N. State Road 7, Coral Springs; SmithxWebster.com

    Serious Dumplings, Plantation

    Replacing the former “fast-fine” restaurant Ovlo Eats, which shuttered earlier this year, is the fourth South Florida location of this dumpling franchise. Registered to franchisee Yang Ruyun, the shop expects to debut this winter in the Plantation Commons strip mall. The restaurant will specialize in dumplings of every ilk — xiaolongbao, pan-fried and steamed — along with noodle and rice bowls, scallion pancakes and squid salad, and dim sum from shrimp siu mai to braised chicken feet. The restaurant joins outposts in Boca Raton (which debuted in May), North Miami and Davie. 7626 Peters Road, Plantation; SeriousDumplingsUSA.com

    B&D Trap, Fort Lauderdale

    This 2,500-square-foot pit stop devoted to Texas-style barbecue will smoke up Sistrunk Boulevard sometime this November. The focus, of course, will be brisket by the pound and in sandwich form from hospitality veteran Kevin Rodriguez (The Doral Yard food hall) and pitmaster Orelle Young (The Beast by Todd English in Las Vegas), who competed earlier this year on Food Network Canada’s barbecue competition series “Fire Masters.” The 45-seat counter will also turn out ribs, chicken, pulled pork and turkey, along with sides of mac ‘n’ cheese, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and cornbread. 1551 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; 561-382-7944; BDTrap.com

    In this archival photo, Brad Phillips works the raw bar at Even Keel Fish Shack in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

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    In this archival photo, Brad Phillips works the raw bar at Even Keel Fish Shack in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. (John McCall/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

    Even Keel Fish Shack, Fort Lauderdale

    Chef-owners Dave MacLennan and Brad Phillips are setting sail for ritzy restaurant row Las Olas Boulevard with the second location of their seafood spot later this fall. This is the owners’ second foray into Fort Lauderdale: the flagship Even Keel began its life on North Federal Highway under the mast of restaurateur James Dean Max before it jumped ship to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in late 2020. A hub for fresh local fish and greens (they source from Triar Seafood in Hollywood and Swank Specialty Produce in Loxahatchee), the second location will serve stone crabs and house-smoked fish dip, beer-battered spiny lobster bites and conch beignets, and larger entrees including an adult crab grilled cheese (with brie, truffle, blue crab and apple butter), clams carbonara and grilled local swordfish. 1111 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; EvenKeelFish.com

    North Italia, Fort Lauderdale

    Just when we thought the Cheesecake Factory’s menu already served every pasta dish conceivable, here comes North Italia, a casual chain devoted to wood-fired pizzas, grilled branzino and other Italian fare. The Cheesecake Factory-owned restaurant is slated to debut its fourth Florida location on Nov. 15 in Flagler Village, according to its website, with a fifth to follow in Aventura on Dec. 13. The menu features a variety of lighter fare, including tuna crudo, charcuterie boards and salads, along with braised meatball and pulled porchetta sandwiches on herb schiacciata bread and entrees ranging from the Pig pizza (soppressata, salami, spicy pepperoni, Italian sausage) to spicy rigatoni vodka. 699 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; NorthItalia.com

    The Pig pizza at North Italia, a Cheesecake Factory-owned casual Italian chain that is scheduled to debut in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 8. (Eddie Sanchez for North Italia / Courtesy)

    (Eddie Sanchez for North Italia / Courtesy)

    The Pig pizza at North Italia, a Cheesecake Factory-owned casual Italian chain that is scheduled to debut in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 8. (Eddie Sanchez for North Italia / Courtesy)

    Cafe Americano Supper Club, Boca Raton

    Classic meets contemporary Italian at this posh sit-down, which is registered to Christopher Gallo and Joseph Esposito and is expected to debut sometime in November next to Doris Italian Market, within the Yamato Village strip mall. The old-meets-new dynamic even extends to the decor, with a large chandelier in the dining area and octagonal light fixtures over the bar. That mashup also is reflected in the in-progress menu, which includes seared ahi tuna and pasta al pomodoro, along with salads, cheese appetizers, and vanilla cheesecake and apple pie for dessert. 9101 Lakeridge Blvd., Suite 1, Boca Raton; 561-576-3000; CafeAmericanoSupperClub.com

    Oceano Kitchen, Lake Worth Beach

    Chefs Cindy and Jeremy Bearman (he does the savory, she handles the sweet) are moving their foodie-fave eatery to larger digs in downtown Lake Worth Beach. In the space that was formerly Social House, the new Oceano Kitchen will debut — fingers crossed — on Nov. 14. Why the move? They were leasing in Lantana (which opened in 2017 to rave reviews), but they bought the building in Lake Worth Beach. “Coming from the Northeast, we have always favored having a restaurant in a standalone building, which is part of a walkable town,” Jeremy Bearman explains. “We have never wanted to be in a plaza or large center. We feel like the vibe of Lake Worth Beach compliments who we are as a business.” Some things will remain the same: No reservations; a cash-only operation; a menu that will change daily; and the concept will still be American and global shareable dishes. “We will keep most of what our guests have come to love about Oceano Kitchen the same,” he adds. “The menu will continue to change daily and take advantage of what is being grown and caught locally. We will still have our smoker outside to incorporate some bbq dishes.” 512 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth Beach; oceanokitchen.com 

    Husband and wife chef-owner team Jeremy and Cindy Bearman at Oceano Kitchen in Lantana. The pair will soon open High Dive seafood restaurant in West Palm Beach.

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    Husband-and-wife team Jeremy and Cindy Bearman at Oceano Kitchen back in 2017. (Mike Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

    Revelry Plates & Potions, Pompano Beach

    Pompano Beach’s newest bar is a nostalgic craft beer and wine lounge that resembles “your crazy aunt’s living room,” co-owners Zena Tarantino and Brando Garcia tell the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The 2,500-square-foot hangout is a revival of the duo’s original Revery bar on Lake Avenue in Lake Worth Beach, which shut down in 2021 during the pandemic. Tarantino and Garcia’s new location, scheduled to soft-open Nov. 8, will be three times larger, and include a menu of burgers, salads and flatbreads under new chef Paul Pincus as well as an emphasis on live local bands and burlesque shows on weekends. (Tarantino is a burlesque dancer and will join in.) Revelry will also screen 1980s movies and TV shows and host nerdy tabletop games in its dining area, which is adorned in eclectic, mismatched furniture. 227 Federal Highway, Pompano Beach; RevelryFla.com

    Cake Daddy’s, Wilton Manors

    Cuban-born baker Victor Calderon is the culinary muscle behind this new Wilton Drive bake shop — emphasis on the muscle. A banner facing the Drive depicts the tattooed and shirtless Calderon sporting an apron, triumphantly hoisting a 9-inch cake. The bakery expects to debut sometime in October or November. Calderon, who immigrated to the states in 2012, says in a GoFundMe post that he originally baked and sold cakes to support himself and his mother while funding his way out of Cuba. No menu is yet available, but the website is filled with images of cupcakes and custom cakes. 2047 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors; 954-361-1239; CakeDaddys.com

    Cake Daddy's, a new bake shop specializing in custom cakes and cupcakes, plans to open sometime this fall on Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. (Rod Stafford Hagwood / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

    Rod Stafford Hagwood / South Florida Sun Sentinel

    Cake Daddy’s, a new bake shop specializing in custom cakes and cupcakes, plans to open sometime this fall on Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. (Rod Stafford Hagwood / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

    Sicilian Oven, Cooper City

    The ninth location of this landmark local chain, where pies are wood-fired at 700 degrees, is heading to the Countryside Shops plaza, replacing the storefront once occupied by the late, great Beverly Hills Cafe, which closed in 2021. The 125-seat pizzeria, from owner Ralph Di Salvo, expects to open later this fall. It offers a menu of 17 specialty pies from the square, Grandma-style Nonna to the cheeseless Marie to the New York-style Brooklyn to the Margherita-style Boss. There are also oven-roasted panetta sandwiches and soups (escarole and beans), cervellata (a cheese-and-parsley sausage) and pastas. 5544 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City; SicilianOven.com

    Pixie on Dixie, West Palm Beach

    The short-lived SoSo Cafe lasted a year in the city’s trendy SoSo (South of Southern) nabe before shuttering in April, but that casual healthy-eats spot will live on in spirit with its replacement: Pixie on Dixie. The new eatery – also health-focused – expects to open in late October. Not only has former SoSo chef Cesar Brea been rehired at Pixie, but the new restaurant will carry a few of its predecessors’ dishes, including chicken empanadas and a Mediterranean salad bowl. There will also be herb-marinated chicken sandwiches, acai bowls and chorizo tostadas for brunch. Pixie is co-owned by Hess Musallet, operator of the Field of Greens mini-chain in Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Wellington and North Palm Beach. 4802 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-429-5232 “]

    Wrap City Sandwich Co., Lake Worth Beach

    The northeastern migration of restaurants into South Florida continues with the first local offshoot of this New Hampshire chain, which is plotting a November opening on North Dixie Highway inside a former Dunkin’. The handheld shop — which comes from business partners Bernie Lebs, Jana Croft, Gregg Ryan and Peter Ackerman — touts 18 sandwiches and 21 wraps. Creations range from the Thanksgiving-esque Plymouth County (turkey breast, stuffing, gravy and cranberry) to the Bangkok Nights (Thai chicken, spicy peanut sauce, carrot sticks, lettuce, tomato), along with salads and housemade potato chips. 2200 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth Beach; WrapCitySandwiches.com


    H&H Bagels, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach

    As Cosmo Kramer once said, “Toss me an apron: Let’s bagel.” The New York bagel chain once featured on TV’s “Seinfeld” is making an aggressive countrywide expansion for the first time outside the Big Apple, with the first of 25 new stores set to open in Boca Raton by this fall. A second franchise is expected to debut inside West Palm Beach’s tony NORA commercial district in 2024. “We’re working with like-minded entrepreneurs who are eager to bring an iconic brand and an authentic New York City bagel to cities all across the country,” Jay Rushin, CEO of the 51-year-old bagelry, says in a news release. Five stores will also open in Tampa. The shop serves tuna and chicken salad sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches and housemade bagel spreads, from lox to flavored cream cheese. Try to get there before Kramer sabotages the bagel machine again. 2200 Glades Road, Boca Raton, and 890 N. Railroad Ave., West Palm Beach; HHBagels.com


    Burtons Grill & Bar, Plantation

    Born on Massachusetts’ South Shore, this upscale American chain will debut its newest outpost — and second in South Florida — in the Market on University strip mall this fall. The 248-seat eatery (188 indoor, 60 patio) will replace a former Carrabba’s Italian Grill that was destroyed in a gas-leak explosion that rocked the plaza in 2019. Burtons, which operates 19 locations in eight states, including one in Boca Raton, is registered to John Haggai and Mitchell Kahn. It will serve familiar staples including lobster shrimp pasta, Mediterranean chicken risotto, salads and protein bowls, Angus beef burgers, short-rib grilled cheese and 28-day aged ribeye with bone marrow butter and garlic mashed potatoes. 1003 S. University Drive; BurtonsGrill.com

    YOLO Korean BBQ, Tamarac

    At 10,000 square feet, this massive all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue house will offer 60 tables with built-in burners and two karaoke rooms when it debuts this fall in the University Commons plaza. It will join an already bustling Korean restaurant row on University Drive, packed with groceries and barbecue joints such as Gabose, ROK and Manna Korean. YOLO, registered to owner Ray Park, will feature barbecued proteins like bulgogi and samgyeopsal, as well as kimchi jjigae (stew) and banchan (basically tiny side dishes) such as gyeranjjim (steamed eggs) and japchae (stir-fried glass noodles). 6800 N. University Drive, Tamarac; no website or phone number yet available

    Voodoo Brewery, Oakland Park

    Yet another craft brewery is shuffling into the ever-expanding Oakland Park Culinary Arts District, already home to a distillery, a meadery, two breweries, a wine bar and a butcher shop. This growing Pennsylvania-headquartered brewing company, which expects to open this fall, runs on a franchise model, opening taprooms in South Carolina and Nevada, among other states. The Oakland Park outpost – Voodoo’s second in Florida after launching a location in St. Petersburg in April 2022 – comes from franchisee Mark Freher and will feature Lacto-Kooler (a Berliner Weisse), Good Vibes (a West Coast IPA) Empty Calories (American lager) and Where Our Secrets Go (an imperial stout), paired with a food menu of burgers, chicken wings and mac ‘n’ cheese. 3492 NE 12th Ave., Unit B, Oakland Park; VoodooBrewery.com “]


    The Ray Hotel Delray Beach, better known as The Ray, opened in the city's Pineapple Grove Arts District in 2021 at 233 NE Second Avenue.

    Rod Stafford Hagwood / South Florida Sun Sentinel

    The Ray Hotel Delray Beach, better known as The Ray, in the city’s Pineapple Grove Arts District. (Rod Stafford Hagwood / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

    Campi at The Ray Hotel, Delray Beach

    This new concept from restaurateur Curt Huegel is expected to open in The Ray Hotel sometime this fall, taking the space that formerly housed Ember Grill. Known for Manhattan’s Campagnola, Bill’s Townhouse, American Cut and Scarpetta, Huegel also has Avalon Steak & Seafood as well as Lulu’s Café & Cocktails in Delray Beach’s dining and entertainment enclave. “We’ve found a new culinary home here in Delray Beach, with this being our third restaurant we will open in the downtown area,” Huegel says. “Coming to The Ray Hotel was something of a no-brainer for us, as the property itself exudes that vibrant, beachy-yet-modern feel, a perfect fit for what Campi is.” In other news at the hotel: Chef Akira Back will, in addition to helming his eponymous eatery, also take over Rosewater Rooftop. “I could not be more excited to be expanding in Delray Beach with Rosewater Rooftop,” Back says. “Delray Beach is a special culinary and hospitality destination that I’m happy to be able to add my vision and concepts.” 233 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-739-1700; therayhotel.com

    Saiko-i Sushi Lounge and Hibachi, Plantation

    Before year’s end, this Japanese restaurant and lounge plans to debut inside the city’s Shoppes at Broward plaza on Broward Boulevard. The hibachi comes from husband-and-wife hospitality vets Jason Zheng and Tina Wang (Koi Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Lounge, Coco Sushi Lounge & Bar, Yakitori Sake House), who also operate a Saiko-i in Boca Raton. The restaurant will also offer entrees such as lobster pad thai and salmon kha pow, pan-seared Chilean sea bass and Thai red curry organic chicken, as well as fried rice, ramen bowls, stir-frys, sushi boats and 30 signature rolls. 8100-8160 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; saikoiboca.com 

    Hurts Donut Co., Plantation

    This Missouri-born treat shop founded by Timothy and Kas Clegg is expected to open its first Florida location sometime this year at Plantation Walk, a spokesperson for the mega-shopping playground has told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The bake-shop chain serves goodies themed around Cookie Monster (yes, with googly eyes), Homer Simpson (pink, multicolored sprinkles) and cotton candy (topped with a hunk of cotton candy), along with custard-filled Long John and cake doughnuts studded with Reese’s Pieces and Fruity Pebbles. Though a lease was reportedly signed in early June, no exact address is yet available. WannaHurts.com

    The Wagyu House, Hallandale Beach

    Sometime this fall, the premium meatheads behind online butcher shop Meat N’ Bone and The Wagyu Bar on Miami’s Coral Way will join the fray of trendy restaurants filling the third phase of buzzy Atlantic Village on North Federal Highway. The restaurant, billed as a “casual steakhouse” by owners Luis Mata and Gabriel Llaurado, will offer dozens of rare, dry-aged and high-end steaks. While a full menu is still in the works, the cuts will be sourced from Mata and Llaurado’s Meat N’ Bone online shop, started in 2018. That store offers 300 cuts of meat, poultry and seafood, and has since expanded into brick-and-mortar butcher shops in Coral Springs and Pinecrest. 601 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach; TheWagyuBar.com

    Mission BBQ, Royal Palm Beach

    This pit joint —- the second in Palm Beach County — is coming this year to the Boulevard Shoppes at Cypress Key plaza, adding to the flurry of new restaurants heading to the once-sleepy Southern Boulevard drag. The Maryland-born chain is a hub of pork and patriotism where, at lunchtime each day, TV screens burst to life with the American flag and customers rise to sing The Star-Spangled Banner. Its menu is built around entrees of Texas-style brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, salmon, pulled chicken “bay-b-back” ribs and spare ribs, along with sides such as coleslaw, green beans, baked beans and mac-n-cheese. 11929 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach; Mission-BBQ.com

    Mission BBQ's sampler allows diners to make their own tray of two-three meats, two sides and cornbread - in this case, pulled chicken, brisket, and sausage.

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    A sampler platter of pulled chicken, brisket, sausage and sides at Mission BBQ, which will soon open a new location in Royal Palm Beach. (Lauren Delgado/Orlando Sentinel )

    Vote for Pedro, Boca Raton

    This Mexican-American cantina from restaurateur Anthony Monticello is the answer to the never-asked question: What happens if I mash up “Napoleon Dynamite” and tacos? Expected to open this fall in The Shoppes at Village Pointe, it will replace the former The D in Delicious chocolate shop. If the name sounds familiar, Monticello’s Where Hospitality originally brought his taco stand from Manhattan to Delray Beach Market in 2021 but left a year later amid rising rents and a rebranding of the food hall. The new shop will serve tacos de birria, along with Mexican street foods in a sports bar-style setting. 6018 SW 18th St., Suite C9, Boca Raton; VoteforPedroNYC.com

    Livia Bar & Grill, Fort Lauderdale

    This Southern Italian restaurant expects to open in Fort Lauderdale’s exploding Flagler Village nabe this fall. The 150-seat Livia, which is registered to Daniel Mendoza, will serve Neapolitan-style pies, linguine and clams, chicken parmesan, beer and craft cocktails, and feature plenty of flat-screen TVs for sports games. 500 N. Andrews Ave., Unit 106, Fort Lauderdale

    Ya Mas! Taverna, West Palm Beach

    More than a year after hospitality honcho and “Big Brother” star Memphis Garrett (No Man’s Land, Point Break) brought his first Greek restaurant to tony Las Olas Boulevard, Ya Mas! will expand into its first sister taverna on West Palm Beach’s bustling Clematis Street restaurant row. Expected to open in late 2023, the new Ya Mas! will dish an identical menu of modern and classic fare, such as dolmades and muhammara, bechamel short rib, and loukaniko with melted leek and pepperoncini. 216 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; YaMasTaverna.com 

    Topgolf, Pompano Beach

    This three-level golfing attraction touting a restaurant-bar, rooftop terrace, patio and 102 climate-controlled hitting bays will anchor a new 223-acre project being built near the former Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Topgolf, slated to open in late 2023, hasn’t unveiled its Pompano Beach menu yet, but its Miami Gardens location serves American pub fare: burgers and buttermilk fried-chicken sandwiches, chicken wings and nachos, meat lover’s flatbreads and injectable, cinnamon-dusted doughnut holes for dessert. Intersection of Powerline Boulevard and Race Track Road; TopGolf.com

    Gregory’s, West Palm Beach

    Miami-chic Greek eats, south of downtown West Palm Beach? That would be Gregory’s, co-owner Max Ricci and entrepreneur Michael Katzenberg’s restaurant opening sometime this fall in the city’s so-called SoSo (south of Southern) neighborhood on South Dixie Highway. An offshoot of Ricci’s acclaimed Mandolin Aegean Bistro in Miami’s Design District, Gregory’s will serve coastal Greek and Mediterranean, although a full menu is not yet available. 5700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

    Maggie McFly’s Local Craft Eatery & Bar, Boca Raton

    Touchdown probably won’t be until later this winter for this concept flying into SoFlo out of Connecticut. Celebrating its 30th anniversary with this first foray into Florida, Maggie MacFly’s is doing a total down-to-the-studs makeover of a space inside Town Center at Boca Raton mall (where Rex Baron once stood). The Maggie McFly’s menu has more than 180 items including burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, street foods (tacos, gyros, sliders), pastas, chicken dishes, salads, seafood, steaks and ribs, house specialties (such as Shepherd’s Pie, Pot Roast, Cajun Jambalaya), appetizers, snacks and desserts. “We will do seasonal specials that will be much more focused on Florida and Boca, more fresh fish,” says founder and owner Ray Harper, a snowbird in Palm Beach Gardens. The company also touts the use of locally sourced products, both in the kitchen and the bar. 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton; maggiemcflys.com.


    Fiolina Pasta House, Boca Raton

    Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi is coming to Boca Raton. Not only is he opening Fiolina at the highly anticipated Restaurant Row this fall, but Trabocchi is also moving his family to Boca Raton, where he and his wife first met. Fiolina will occupy the venue’s largest space at 7,000 square feet and, in addition to the main dining room, will feature a lounge, pasta room, show kitchen (with counter dining), private dining room, outdoor terrace and an open Mozzarella Bar Kitchen (with charcuterie station and wine room). “While memorable food and exceptional service will be the core draw, Fiolina Pasta House will be much, much more,” Trabocchi says. “It will be the place where you will always find a sense of community, and everyday life celebrations happen.” Trabocchi already has Fiola in Coral Gables, and his Washington, D.C.,-based restaurant group includes Del Mar and Sfoglina Pasta House. 5355 Town Center Road, Boca Raton; fabiotrabocchi.com.

    The Baked Bear, Dania Beach

    The Baked Bear plans to open its second South Florida location sometime this winter at Dania Pointe, the sprawling al fresco mall and entertainment enclave in Dania Beach. As with the other location in Sawgrass Mills, this new novelty dessert shop will feature 13 baked-from-scratch-daily cookies and 13 premium craft ice cream flavors. You will also be able to mix and match two cookie flavors and choose an ice cream flavor for the filling, thus creating your own customized ice cream sandwich. Additionally, The Baked Bear will serve pints, sundaes and Bear Bowls (a warm cookie and brownie served with a scoop of ice cream). There are two more shops planned for Miami-Dade County. 139 S. Compass Way, Dania Beach; thebakedbear.com and daniapointe.com

    Chip City, Pompano Beach and beyond

    The latest New York-born restaurant to bet its chips on South Florida is this growing cookie monster, which is scheduled to open five new storefronts in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties by fall 2023. The sweet shack founded by childhood friends Peter Phillips and Teddy Gailas in 2017 has 17 spots in New York and New Jersey, but a $10 million investment by Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer spurred the South Florida move. Their chunky five-and-a-half-ounce cookie menu includes dairy-free chocolate chip made with oat milk and coconut oil, chocolate peanut butter, blueberry cheesecake, and seasonal outliers such as hot honey cornbread and cannoli (stuffed with toasted pistachios, cannoli shells and cream). A Miami Beach outpost is expected to debut this spring, followed by spots in Pompano Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami’s MIMO District. 2083 N. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach, and 302A E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; ChipCityCookies.com


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