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EatBeat: Restaurant News – Kona Grill and Zuccarelli’s PGA Close; Cod and Capers to Move

August 4th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Kona Grill, CityPlace, West Palm Beach /photo courtesy Kona Grill

The Kona Grill in West Palm Beach’s CityPlace has closed. The spot on Rosemary Avenue’s entrance to the plaza off Okeechobee Boulevard was popular for Happy Hour and casual dining, but wasn’t as profitable as their other locations, according to CEO Mike Nahkunst.

“Since the restaurant opened in November 2008, it has been challenged by volume and seasonality, particularly in contrast to our other highly successful locations,” Nahkunst was quoted in a company press release. Kona’s parent company is out of Scottsdale, Ariz.

There are rumors of other area restaurants and corporate restaurants looking at the site.

Zuccarelli’s PGA closed

Olimpia Zuccarelli said a rent hike was the problem at the Commons on PGA where she just closed Zuccarelli’s Kitchen and the Pizzeria on PGA Boulevard.

“The landlord said he had someone who would pay more rent than I would, so he gave me 60 days to get out. I told him I’d go early,” she said. The restaurant and pizzeria was a larger branch of the original, which was on Military Trail for years. That has moved to Okeechobee Boulevard, in the Emporium Shoppes.

“I’ll take a year off,” she said, “and help my mom in the Okeechobee location. Then we’ll see.” She said she’d look for a stand-alone building this time. “I’m done with landlords for the rest of my life. I’ve moved three restaurants within a year – shoot me!”

The restaurant family will soon celebrate 40 years in Palm Beach County. The current location, open since November 2010, is designed like the one in Palm Beach Gardens, a larger, more open space with live entertainment and outdoor seating.


  • 4595 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
  • 561-686-5821; zuccarellis.com
  • Open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 4-10 p.m.

Cod and Capers Seafood moving to Crystal Tree Plaza

Longtime seafood shop Cod and Capers Seafood will move from the nearly dead Loehmann’s plaza in Palm Beach Gardens east to the Crystal Tree Plaza in North Palm Beach.

“An October opening is what we’re looking at,” said Steve Gyland, owner. “But that’s if we don’t hit any snags. You know how these things go.”

The space in Crystal Tree once housed TGIFriday’s, and later, a sushi/Japanese buffet. It’s sat empty for a couple of years. “We think it’s going to be a great location for us,” he said.

The full fish market that opened in 1984, specializing in local fish and knowledgable sales teams (Gyland’s a fisherman), will be augmented by a small eat-in space “We’ll have a small cafe where you can get some chowder or prepared salads, that sort of thing and eat lunch here,” Gyland said. “We’re not going to a full service restaurant, no.”

Cod and Capers Seafood

  • 4128 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens
  • 561-622-0963; codandcapers.com
  • Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Sunday




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