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EatBeat: Ping Pong® at Bogart’s, Philippe Chow in Boca, DIG Opens, Mario’s Returns to Glades Road

June 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

A lot happening in south Palm Beach County.

Learn about table tennis at allabouttabletennis.com

Slam is the latest from Burt Rapoport – it’s a Ping Pong® lounge. The game of table tennis is now, according to their publicists, hot. It comes to a social venue at Bogart’s, the restaurant in the top of the Cinemark 20 Theater. Opening night party, with half-price cocktails and nibbles, is tomorrow, June 23, 7-9 p.m. Reservations are a must. Call 561-750-3500. (Only open to those over 21.) For more info, hit bogartsofboca.com. And to learn why the game is known in all other countries as table tennis, and why Asians keep winning titles, go to allabouttabletennis.com. . .

Philippe Chow, the upscale Chinese restaurant popular in South Beach (at the Gansevoort Hotel) is coming to Boca. It will go into the now-closed III Forks on East Palmetto Park Road. Named for its chef, it’s in no way associated with the Mr. Chow in New York City, according to a publicist’s statement. Philippe Chow’s biz partner, Stratis Morforgen, is the younger brother of chef Nick Morforgen of Delray’s 32 East.

DIG, (Doing It Green) which we previously detailed here, is now open in Delray Beach. (We attended a pre-opening dinner and give it thumbs up so far.) A new garden just planted with eggplant and more outside the windows brings the green indoors to the eco-friendly spot. Organic, natural dishes – like our double-cut monster pork chop, or the vegetarian lasagna – come from chef Joey Giannuzzi of the Green Gourmet in West Delray. All good and at reasonable rates. (A friend’s tomato-basil soup was delicious.) There’s a huge salad bar with soups if you want to go light. Don’t miss dessert. We’re not a big dessert fan, but the 6-inch high wedge of chocolate cake was a throwback to tender, moist chocolate cakes of our childhood. . . .DIG is at 5199 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-638-0500. Website is in the works….

Tony Bova will resurrect a version of his Italian Mario’s and move into the former McCormick & Schmick’s, according to sources. The restaurant will go into the huge spot with a patio at University Commons, which houses P.F. Chang’s, supposedly by September. Bova is behind Vivo Partenza, the new name for an updated Bova’s restaurant-lounge on Federal Highway that opened last summer. Mario’s, a moderately priced red-sauce Italian restaurant, was wildly popular with Boca diners (garlic rolls and lasagna, among the favs); expect crowds when it opens.

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