Grimaldi’s Pizza, a chain from New York that recently opened in Downtown at the Gardens, is also moving onto Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. It takes over the corner spot formerly occupied by Fire Rock Pizza. This will be their third location in Florida.
The group is known for their secret red sauce, but New Yorkers we dined with said it’s all about their white pizza.
The downtown area is becoming a street of pizza and pasta, with longstanding Nico’s Pizza, Pizza Luna, Pizza Girls, and Hot Pie Pizza and newcomer Luigi’s Italian restaurant on or around Clematis.
This quashes the rumors that Outback Steakhouse or another Cheesecake Factory would take over the 1 N. Clematis spot.
Callaro’s Steakhouse on Lake Avenue
Callaro’s Steakhouse, formerly in Manalapan and now the site of the new John G’s, has a sign up that it’s going into the old L’Anjou space at J Street and Lake Avenue in Lake Worth. There’s no word on when the steakhouse will open.
Raindancer closed for good?
We do not have any confirmation yet from the restaurant; our repeated calls to the Raindancer Steakhouse in West Palm Beach have gone unanswered. But a source at their sister restaurant, the River House, said it “wasn’t likely” that Raindancer will reopen.
Raindancer closed at the end of August, with word then that it would reopen Sept. 9, but they did not. Their website is still active, but the phone rings without answer.
The privately owned steakhouse on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard has a been a fixture in West Palm Beach since 1975, weathering the advent of several upscale steakhouse chains, a demographic shift in the area, and the closing of the mall east of it.