Editor’s note: The name of the second South Florida restaurant ZED451’s parent corporation owns was incorrect in a previous version of the article. Timpano’s in Fort Lauderdale is correct.
After struggling with what its managers called an “economic collapose of 2008 and continuing market conditions,” ZED451, the American rodizio at Mizner Park in Boca Raton, has closed.
It shuttered its doors today and informed the staff, according to its publicist. Any leftover foods will be donated to Boca Helping Hands.
The American steakhouse that served in rodizio format, with meats served on skewers and carved tableside, has been open since 2008.
A stunning interior design, with a large bar, wine room and a Harvest Table of buffet items had won over local critics.
Ala carte menu added
Originally, the menu was a fixed price arrangement. The corporate staff changed the menu last year to add ala carte items, and alternate pricing to try to attract diners to the space that occupied the former Cartoon Museum at Mizner Park. Though not said, the growing restaurant competition nearby and the loss of the movie theaters at Mizner Park likely hurt their business.
The original location in Chicago remains open. A statement from the corporation, which also is over Timpano’s in Fort Lauderdale, read, “Our ZED451 flagship location in downtown Chicago continues to thrive, which underscores the strength of the concept in urban areas,” said ZED Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Carl. “ZED451 is an unconventional steakhouse that has proven very popular for group dining as well as its bar experience. Its style of service, ambiance and food is highly contemporary, if not revolutionary.”