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EatBeat: Red Tapas Coming to Downtown at the Gardens, Cod & Capers Adds Dinner, Romeo N Juliette’s Expands,

August 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Red Tapas Bar & Grille will open this fall in Downtown at the Gardens.

Another eatery has been added to the Downtown at the Gardens mall – Red Tapas Bar and Grille is set to open around the first of November in the former 51 Supper Club space. The owners of Cabo Flats are behind the eatery that will serve up international flavors of small plates.

“Tapas is the biggest thing in South Beach,” said Melissa Hartman, general manager. The small plates, traditional to Spain, have become international in flavor, she said. “We’ll have food from all different countries in sharing plate sizes, reasonably priced – from $4 to $14.

“That’s where they’ve missed it up here,” she said. “People want value for their dollar. When they go in, they want it to look great, but they want the food to measure up.”

Interior design makeover – red

The redo-of the decor will make it “look fun and really inviting. They’ve torn out the wall that separated the bar from the restaurant. It will be a circular bar with a red liquid bar top that will move when you touch it,” she said. It’s actually a plasma screen, backlit. The interior will have 150 seats plus the bar, with outdoor seating an another al fresco bar.

The club atmosphere that takes over Cabo Flats after hours won’t be present here, Hartman said. “I think the club is overdone. We’re more about the food. We’ll have a sangria menu and a really cool bar, of course, but it will be a place where anyone can come in and eat, including families with kids.”

Asian dumplings, ravioli, and a signature duck and waffles dish are some of the foods planned. Sugarcane, a popular restaurant in Miami’s Design District inspired the unusual combo, she said. “But ours will be much better.”

The quick format of small portions meant for table sharing will be perfect for the movie-goer, too, she said – another audience from the outdoor mall.

Chris Paul, formerly with 51 Supper Club, has been named executive chef.

For more info or to keep up with the restaurant’s progress, visit their website at redtapasbar.com

Quick bites:

Cod and Capers Seafood Market and Cafe is now open for dinner on weekends and has extended market hours as well. New hours for the market are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The Café is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. They’re closed Sundays.  …

Romeo ‘n’ Juliettes, a small Italian tucked into a shopping center in Jupiter, will close till September 10 for renovations. They also have announced plans to take over Happy Fish in Palm Beach Shores on Singer Island to transform the space into Fine, billed as “Italian with a twist.” They’re planning to offer sushi and other foods along with an Italian menu. Opening is planned for sometime in the fall…

Look for Tunie’s, a natural grocery and vitamin store, to open in the old Walgreen’s location at the Fairways shopping plaza on PGA. Their other location is in Parkland. Their website claims it’s the largest natural grocery and nutrition store. Some of the things they feature are complimentary nutrition counseling, and health lectures for customers. . .

Also in the Fairways, the Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co./and Original Brooklyn Pizza will open shop soon. The company was in the news this spring after a lawsuit claimed their claim of “Brooklynized water” via a filtration system was not unique. The lawsuit is still in court. The franchise that was launched in Delray Beach now has 14 locations in three states.

A new Italian restaurant will move into the old Mr. Milano’s space in the Mirasol shopping plaza on PGA Boulevard – no word on name or owner at this writing.

Check back for other new restaurants opening in Palm Beach County.

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