Editor’s note, Aug. 15: The revised opening date is scheduled for Aug. 18, Thursday. An incorrect phone number was listed in a previous version of this story – it is also incorrect at this writing on their Facebook page.
Another upscale burger spot, Chuck Burger Joint, is slated to open August 8 in Palm Beach Gardens in Midtown. The result of owner Michael Curcio’s search for a good all-American burger joint, it will offer Creekstone Ranch’s natural burger meat, ground to a secret blend by the Bush Brothers in West Palm Beach.
Curcio is also behind Jupiter’s PyroGrill, part of a chain of fast-casual Mexican restaurants.
Gourmet touches include a craft beer and a wine list; locally sourced produce, Sprecher root beer and Mexican Coca-Cola – the new darling of restaurateurs since it’s made with cane sugar, not corn syrup. Milk shakes and frozen custards also are on the menu.
Those familiar with California’s In-and-Out Burgers know of that chain’s “secret” menu – widely available online but never posted in the store. Chuck Burger will have one, too – available by “liking” their Facebook page.
A special two-day grand opening combo – a burger, fries and a soda – is $5 with money going to charity. Those go to the first 250 to arrive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on August 8 and 9.
- 4665 PGA Blvd. (Midtown Plaza), Palm Beach Gardens
- Phone and website coming soon
- Opening Aug. 8, 2011; open for lunch and dinner
John G’s readies for opening
The landmark Lake Worth restaurant, John G’s, was torn down recently when the casino that housed it for nearly 40 years was demolished for reconstruction. “That’s hard to see,” said Wendy Yarbrough, one of the “kids” as she calls refers to herself and brothers Jay and Keith Giragos. They now own and manage the restaurant following the death of their father John Giragos, namesake and John G’s founder.
They picked up and moved to Manalapan’s Plaza del Mar in the old Callaro’s Steakhouse space. “We’re having to do more than we expected to here, so we’re really cracking down to open mid-August. Our diners are really anxious for us to reopen – they miss us,” she said. “We can’t get any work done because they’re knocking on the door and asking when we’ll open and wanting to see the new place.”
A re-do of the space includes a brightening up and a small table for eight that she’ll dedicate to her father.
“It’ll be nice – a little of the old, and we’re calling the staff and getting our old servers ready to come back – I hope they will,” she said. “The menu’s the same, though – same gazpacho, seafood chowder and of course the fish and chips.”
264 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan (in Plaza del Mar)
Opening mid-August for breakfast and lunch.