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EatBeat: New Restaurants for New Year – South Palm Beach Area

January 9th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Ed. note: Updated 1/10 to correct hours at the Spaniard, and Raffaele’s status – it is opened.

As promised, a brief look at some new eateries now open, and those on the horizon.

Today, we take a look at the south end openings. Check back tomorrow for the central and north county new openings and coming soons.

Frank and Dino’s, 718 S. Deerfield Beach; 954-427-4909

The latest old-school Italian is slated to open January 12. Traditional Italian-American fare (think Mulberry Street and Rat Pack-era restaurants) is on the menu at the 4000-square-feet restaurant run by managing partner Carlo Vaccarezza, who partnered with Rusty Staub for Rusty’s in New York City and Mickey Rourke for Mickey’s in South Beach. Chef is Tonino Orsino, from Naples, Italy – formerly of La Veranda and Casa D’Angelo in Fort Lauderdale. The restaurant’s under Dennis Max’s Max Group. Open for dinner daily and lunch on weekdays.

Corner Bakery Cafe, 2240 NW 19th St. (Boca Commons) Boca Raton; cornerbakerycafe.com

A national chain opening in Florida with 15 locations, starting in Boca Raton. Serving sandwiches, salads and selling breads and bakery items.

Fusionarie's grilled royal prawn with white mango salsa

Fusionarie, 500 Via De Palmas (Royal Palm Place), Boca Raton; 561-367-3283; facebook.com/Fusionarie

Fusionarie is billed as “true Japanese fusion” cuisine by owner/manager Edison Song, who has restaurants in Indianapolis, Ind. Sushi and sashimi, along with chef’s off-menu specials are featured. Now open, serving lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday.

Estia Greek Taverna and Bar, 507 SE Mizner Blvd. (in Royal Palm Place), Boca Raton

From Roulis Zambiyadis, the owner of Souvlaki Fast in Boca Raton comes this Greek taverna and bar. Scheduled opening January 13.

Assaggio del Forno, 3011 Yamato Road, Boca Raton

Dennis Max’s newest, opening in Regency Court at Woodfield by early February. Chef Patrick Broadhead of Max’s Grille will oversee the wood-fired oven and menu. Pizzas and housemade pastas, veal and chicken dishes are on the menu, reminiscent of Max’s former Italian casual, Prezzo.

Mario’s Osteria, 1400 Glades Road, Boca Raton; mariosofboca.com

Tony Bova opens again, near P.F. Chang’s, with a new casual Italian focusing on pizzas and pastas reminiscent of the old Mario’s of Boca. It’s just opened in a soft opening the first of the month. They’re serving favorites from the old place like eggplant pancakes, baked clams oreganata, chicken scarpiello, sandwiches, pizzas, traditional pastas and meat and fish dishes. Open for dinner daily.

English Tap and Beer Garden, 4040 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton; 561-544-800; theenglishtap.com

Todd English’s salute to the American tavern or gastropub; plenty of bar space indoors and outside on patio. Happy hour is a big draw here with small plates for sharing. Casual menu; bangers and mash, skirt steak, sliders, burgers – several beer and cocktail offerings. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Brio Tuscan Grill, 5200 Town Center Circle; Boca Raton; 561-392-3777; brioitalian.com

Chain semi-casual Italian, popular with shoppers and strollers. Pastas, Italian specialties A sister restaurant is in The Gardens mall. Open for lunch and dinner daily.

Biergarten, 309 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton; 561-395-7462; biergartenboca.com

Serving a large list of beers, along with some German fare such as wursts, spaetzel; and American bar fare. Open for lunch, dinner and late-night dining daily.

Mario’s Osteria, 1400 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 561-672-1522; mariosofboca.com

Tony Bova opens again, near P.F. Chang’s, with a new semi-casual Italian focusing on pizzas and pastas reminiscent of the old Mario’s of Boca. It’s just opened in a soft opening the first of the month. They’re serving favorites from the old place like eggplant pancakes, baked clams oreganata, chicken scarpiello, sandwiches, pizzas, traditional pastas and meat and fish dishes. Open for dinner daily.

Raffaele’s Ristorante, 392-1110; 508 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton

High-end limited menu; authentic Italian cuisine. Open for lunch weekdays, and dinner daily.

The Spaniard, Tapas Bar and Cafe, 99 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton; 561-347-7000.

Tapas with strong Spanish influence, wine bar, paella plates. Husband and wife managing/chef. Catering is available for paella parties and more. Flamenco classes and cooking classes are given at the restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday, closed Mondays.

50 Ocean, 50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 

Renovated space above Boston’s on the Beach. Gorgeous backlit quartz bar, lounge seating and upgraded food. Lunch (Mon-Sat), dinner daily. Happy hour on weekdays. Outside patio seating on upper deck.

Park Tavern in Delray – 32 SE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach.

Opening soon. American tavern from same partners as former Cut 432 steakhouse.

Union Restaurant/Lounge, 386 SE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach; slated to open this month.

Asian gastropub format, with lounge for late-night dining. Former Caliente owners.

Spoonfed, 217 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray B each; 561-450-7557; spoonfeddelray.com

Chef Glen Manfra, formerly of Amici and Bice and Vic and Angelo’s takes helm at this Italian with pastas, pastries made on site. Open for lunch and dinner daily; outside seating.

Bar at Breathe /photo courtesy Breathe

Breathe Restaurant and Ultra Lounge, 401 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-330-4526

Mediterranean fare, small plates. Chic atmosphere. Lunch weekdays; dinner and late-night lounge Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday.

Ruth Jones Cottage, 480 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. Opening soon

Casual American fare in renovated old house from owner Chrissy Benoit, former owner of Havana Hideout in Lake Worth.

Tags: The Eat Beat: Restaurant News · Where to Eat in Palm Beach County

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