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When it comes to food, South Florida is a great place to be. So many new places open up every day. Here’s what’s coming soon to a city near you.

Pura Vida, Royal Palm Beach

The Miami-based chain — owned by Omer and Jennifer Horev — plans to open this second Palm Beach County location toward the end of June. (The first Pura Vida in Palm Beach County is in downtown West Palm Beach; there are 15 Pura Vidas total throughout SoFlo.) “It’s the perfect place to continue expanding our footprint in Palm Beach County,” says Omer Horev, CEO and founder of Pura Vida. With its health-conscious approach, and an eye on food allergies and dietary restrictions, Pura Vida offers dishes such as pasture-raised egg sandwiches, salads, raw organic açai bowls, wraps and gluten-free vegan sweets. 440 S. State Road 7, No. 200, Royal Palm Beach; puravidamiami.com

Omer and Jennifer Horev, the owners of the Miami-based Pura Vida brand.

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Omer and Jennifer Horev, the owners of the Miami-based Pura Vida brand. (Pura Vida/Courtesy)

H&H Bagels, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach

As Cosmo Kramer once said, “Toss me an apron: Let’s bagel.” The New York bagel chain once featured on TV’s “Seinfeld” is making an aggressive countrywide expansion for the first time outside the Big Apple, with the first of 25 new stores set to open in Boca Raton by fall 2023. A second franchise is expected to debut in West Palm Beach. “We’re working with like-minded entrepreneurs who are eager to bring an iconic brand and an authentic New York City bagel to cities all across the country,” Jay Rushin, CEO of the 51-year-old bagelry, says in a news release. Five stores will also open in Tampa. The shop serves tuna and chicken salad sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches and housemade bagel spreads, from lox to flavored cream cheese. Try to get there before Kramer sabotages the bagel machine again. No addresses have yet been announced; HHBagels.com

Grumpy Gary’s Bar & Grill, Dania Beach

It’s hard to be grumpy on the beach — unless your name is Grumpy Gary’s Bar & Grill, which closed in late April after five years on the Hollywood Broadwalk. But owner Gary McGeddy refused to stay grumpy for long, and is now planning to breeze into the former home of Historic Dockers later this June. The new menu is still being finalized, but will no doubt include the flagship location’s hamburgers, fries, steaks and seafood, along with craft beer, cocktails and wine. 318 N Federal Highway, Dania Beach; GrumpyGarysDania.com

Mission BBQ, Royal Palm Beach

This pit joint —- the second in Palm Beach County — is coming this year to the Boulevard Shoppes at Cypress Key plaza, adding to the flurry of new restaurants heading to the once-sleepy Southern Boulevard drag in Royal Palm Beach. The Maryland-born chain is a hub of pork and patriotism where, at lunchtime each day, TV screens burst to life with the American flag and customers rise to sing The Star-Spangled Banner. Its menu is built around entrees of Texas-style brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, salmon, pulled chicken “bay-b-back” ribs and spare ribs, along with sides such as coleslaw, green beans, baked beans and mac-n-cheese. 11929 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach; Mission-BBQ.com

Mission BBQ's sampler allows diners to make their own tray of two-three meats, two sides and cornbread - in this case, pulled chicken, brisket, and sausage.

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A sampler platter of pulled chicken, brisket, sausage and sides at Mission BBQ, which will soon open a new location in Royal Palm Beach. (Lauren Delgado/Orlando Sentinel )

Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard, Deerfield Beach

This Pennsylvania-born sweet shop franchise is planning to open its 10th South Florida location this summer, in Deerfield Beach’s Sawgrass Promenade plaza on South Military Trail and Southwest 10th Street. Franchisees Andre Davis and George Sapirstein will run the parlor, serving Italian ice flavors ranging from cotton candy and Sour Patch Kids red to mango-strawberry and tropical punch, as well as custards including vanilla chocolate twist, strawberry cheesecake, tiramisu and peach cobbler. 1305 S. Military Trail, Deerfield Beach; RitasIce.com

The Modern Rose, Fort Lauderdale

The second location of this chic coffee shop/cafe is scheduled to launch in Fort Lauderdale’s Gateway Shopping Center on June 15. Like the original, which is tucked inside The Cove Shopping Center in Deerfield Beach, this new iteration “will have a similar menu but with nighttime tapas and beer and wine,” says Emilio Dominguez, who along with wife Jimena co-owns the upcoming Fort Lauderdale restaurant with operating partners Ida and Ray Passaro. “Our partners are Italians, so there will be a couple of toasts and bruschetta and imported ingredients — to kind of elevate the concept a little bit.” He describes the culinary direction of both eateries as “eclectic international brunch … with comfort foods fusion.” The decor and vibe will be the same, a hodgepodge of thrift-store finds to reflect the diverse mix of clientele. “It’s a welcome space for all, from 14 to 84 years old, every walk of life, every color, every religion, every sexual orientation,” Dominguez adds. “It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.” The Dominguezes also own Cleopatra Royal Coffee inside the Art Outfitters gallery in Fort Lauderdale. 911 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale; themodernrose.com 

CBR flatbread (grilled chicken. chunks of bacon, ranch drizzle) from The Modern Rose coffee shop. (Juan Duran / Courtesy)

(Juan Duran / Courtesy)

CBR flatbread (grilled chicken, chunks of bacon, ranch drizzle) from The Modern Rose. (Juan Duran/Courtesy)

Vote for Pedro, Boca Raton

This Mexican-American cantina from restaurateur Anthony Monticello is the answer to the never-asked question: What happens if I mash up “Napoleon Dynamite” and tacos? Expected to open this fall in The Shoppes at Village Pointe, it will replace the former The D in Delicious chocolate shop. If the name sounds familiar, Monticello’s Where Hospitality originally brought his taco stand from Manhattan to Delray Beach Market in 2021 but left a year later amid rising rents and a rebranding of the food hall. The new shop will serve tacos de birria, along with Mexican street foods in a sports bar-style setting. 6018 SW 18th St., Suite C9, Boca Raton; VoteforPedroNYC.com

Playa Bowls, Jupiter 

Started as a Jersey Shore pop-up food stand back in 2014, Playa Bowls already has eight eateries in Broward and Palm Beach counties, as well as more than 150 locations nationwide. After opening a Stuart location in May, franchisees Jenna and Michael Zorn say they next expect to open another in Jupiter’s Concourse Village this summer. The brand’s concept, started by New Jersey natives and avid surfers Rob Giuliani (no relation to Rudy) and Abby Taylor, uses mostly plant-based ingredients, especially acai and fruit. They’re also known for being serious about sustainability with 50% reclaimed building materials, LED lighting, partnerships with recycling efforts, and recycled/biodegradable bowls, spoons and lids. 75 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter; PlayaBowls.com

The Social Smash Burger at American Social, which will soon open a new location at ritzy Mizner Park in Boca Raton. (American Social / Courtesy)

American Social / Courtesy

The Social Smash Burger at American Social, which will soon open a new location at ritzy Mizner Park in Boca Raton. (American Social / Courtesy)

Capital Tacos, Tamarac

This Tampa-based, Tex-Mex, fast-casual franchise is slated to open its first South Florida location on June 8, according to a news statement. Launched in 2013, it has already expanded to eight restaurants in other parts of Florida, with growth into Georgia, North Carolina and Colorado in the works. “We’ve had folks visiting from South Florida for years, asking time and again when they can expect the concept to expand into nearer markets,” says cofounder Josh Luger. “That wait is finally over. We’re very excited and humbled to be opening our first brick-and-mortar location in Tamarac.” The menu spotlights different taco flavors that you can also get as a burrito or bowl. The menu includes quesadillas, nachos, loaded fries, salads, kids’ meals and desserts such as mini churros and traditional Mexican cheesecake. 5707 N. University Drive, Tamarac; capitaltacos.com

Berry Fresh Cafe, Palm Beach Gardens

Mitch and Michael Timoteo are the father-and-son duo behind this farm-to-table breakfast-lunch cafe that will open its fourth location this summer in the Oakbrook Square Shopping Center in Palm Beach Gardens. The menu is loaded with whimsical scratch dishes including Captain Crunch challah French toast, Irish eggs benedict and Nashville hot chicken hash for breakfast, as well as birria beef and chicken pesto sandwiches for lunch. For brunch, there are shrimp-and-crabcake goat cheese omelets and baked quiche. The new location will join three Florida outposts, in Jupiter, Port St. Lucie and Stuart. 11658 U.S. Highway 1, Suite 18, Palm Beach Gardens; BerryFresh.Cafe

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, Delray Beach

Now that this beloved export from Wooster Street in New Haven, Conn., has delivered its char-blistered pies to Plantation, Frank Pepe has set its sights on Delray Beach. The “apizza” icon is planning to open on June 5 within The Fresh Market plaza on the corner of Linton Boulevard and Federal Highway. Frank Pepe, which has a rabid following among South Florida’s snowbirds and Northeastern transplants, fires its coal-fired apizza (pronounced “ah-beets”) at a super-hot 600 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes, yielding its trademark crispy-chewy thin crust. 1701 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach; PepesPizzeria.com

Brian "El Jefe" Faeth's Papamigos food truck holds court in Pompano Beach. The restaurant's third location will open in Delray Beach later this summer.

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Brian “El Jefe” Faeth’s Papamigos food truck holds court in Pompano Beach. The restaurant’s third venture is expected to open in Delray Beach. (Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Papamigos, Delray Beach

Somehow-still-trendy birria is served in not one but five configurations (ramen, nachos, mac ‘n’ cheese, tacos and burritos) at this so-called “Mexi-Crasian” (Mexican-Asian fusion) eatery from Lauren Grosso and Brian Faeth, which is expected to open another location this summer in the South Delray Shopping Center. Papamigos, which replaces Las Catrinas Mexican and Tequila Bar, slings Mexican-style street food such as chicken tortilla soup, taco salad and elote, but also sushi tacos, tuna nachos and oysters on the half-shell. This is Papamigos’ third venture, joining a Coconut Creek storefront and a food truck in Pompano Beach. 3035 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach; Papamigos.com

Livia Bar & Grill, Fort Lauderdale

This Southern Italian restaurant expects to open in Fort Lauderdale’s exploding Flagler Village nabe this fall, in time for the NFL’s season kickoff. The 150-seat Livia, which is registered to Daniel Mendoza, will serve Neapolitan-style pies, linguine and clams, chicken parmesan, beer and craft cocktails, and feature plenty of flat-screen TVs for sports games. 500 N. Andrews Ave., Unit 106, Fort Lauderdale

Ya Mas! Taverna, West Palm Beach

More than a year after hospitality honcho and “Big Brother” star Memphis Garrett (No Man’s Land, Point Break) brought his first Greek restaurant to tony Las Olas Boulevard, Ya Mas! will expand into its first sister taverna on West Palm Beach’s bustling Clematis Street restaurant row. Expected to open in late 2023, the new Ya Mas! will dish an identical menu of modern and classic fare, such as dolmades and muhammara, bechamel short rib, and loukaniko with melted leek and pepperoncini. 216 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; YaMasTaverna.com 

Topgolf, Pompano Beach

This three-level golfing attraction touting a restaurant-bar, rooftop terrace, patio and 102 climate-controlled hitting bays will anchor a new 223-acre project being built near the former Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Topgolf, slated to open in late 2023, hasn’t unveiled its Pompano Beach menu yet, but its Miami Gardens location serves American pub fare: burgers and buttermilk fried-chicken sandwiches, chicken wings and nachos, meat lover’s flatbreads and injectable, cinnamon-dusted doughnut holes for dessert. Intersection of Powerline Boulevard and Race Track Road; TopGolf.com

Gregory’s, West Palm Beach

Miami-chic Greek eats, south of downtown West Palm Beach? That would be Gregory’s, co-owner Max Ricci and entrepreneur Michael Katzenberg’s restaurant opening sometime in early summer in the city’s so-called SoSo (south of Southern) neighborhood on South Dixie Highway. An offshoot of Ricci’s acclaimed Mandolin Aegean Bistro in Miami’s Design District, Gregory’s will serve coastal Greek and Mediterranean, although a full menu is not yet available. 5700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

Maggie McFly’s Local Craft Eatery & Bar, Boca Raton

Touchdown probably won’t be until October for this concept flying into SoFlo out of Connecticut. Celebrating its 30th anniversary with this first foray into Florida, Maggie MacFly’s is doing a total down-to-the-studs makeover of a space inside Town Center at Boca Raton mall (where Rex Baron once stood). The Maggie McFly’s menu has more than 180 items including burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, street foods (tacos, gyros, sliders), pastas, chicken dishes, salads, seafood, steaks and ribs, house specialties (such as Shepherd’s Pie, Pot Roast, Cajun Jambalaya), appetizers, snacks and desserts. “We will do seasonal specials that will be much more focused on Florida and Boca, more fresh fish,” says founder and owner Ray Harper, a snowbird in Palm Beach Gardens. The company also touts the use of locally sourced products, both in the kitchen and the bar. 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton; maggiemcflys.com.

The new Quarterdeck near Southeast 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale will feature a separate side bar named Whiskey Neat. It is expected to open in summer 2019.

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The original Whiskey Neat is on Southeast 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale. (Michael Mayo/Sun Sentinel)

Rock N Roll Sushi, Palm Beach County

Founded in Mobile, Ala., in 2010, Rock N Roll Sushi has big plans for South Florida. First up will be Palm Beach County sometime in 2023, with a group of food-and-beverage investors scouting potential locations as well as other franchisees who are interested in spreading the fast-casual eatery with rock music-themed sushi and hibachi dishes through the rest of SoFlo. This new ownership group — called Rock N Development — recently announced plans to roll out (get it?) 35 Rock N Roll Sushi locations in central and southwest Florida. “Boca is a good area,” says John “JD” Weissfisch, one of the partners with Rock N Development. “[Palm Beach] Gardens going north, even Wellington and Boynton Beach. I think those areas are great for the brand … which caters to the families. It’s Americanized sushi for people who are intimidated by sushi or never tried it. I think in those areas, we would have a great customer base.” Though home is now just outside of Orlando, Weissfisch’s Argentine family lived for years in Miami, where he was an auto industry executive before becoming a multi-unit restaurant owner and operator of Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Island Wing Co. Multiple locations; rocknrollsushi.com

Harry’s, West Palm Beach

If you’ve been anywhere near the Wall Street crowd in New York City, then you’ve probably heard of Harry’s, a mainstay in the financial district of Manhattan for a half-century. For the first time ever, the brand is expanding outside of the Big Apple, bringing its classic cuisine to the … um … Big Orange. Think Beef Wellington; 28-day, in-house, dry-aged steaks; house-made smoked Canadian bacon; Caesar salad and steak tartare. Harry’s is expected to debut Tuesday, June 6 as the anchor restaurant at the 360 Rosemary office building — fittingly, a financial hub itself — in downtown West Palm Beach. A sister restaurant, Adrienne’s Pizzabar (known for square pizzas), recently opened, and when Harry’s opens sometime in late May, both will share a combined 11,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor space where patrons can intermingle and order from both. 360 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; harrysnyc.com

Fiolina Pasta House, Boca Raton

Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi is coming to Boca Raton. Not only is he opening Fiolina at the highly-anticipated Restaurant Row this fall, but Trabocchi is also moving his family to Boca Raton, where he and his wife first met. Fiolina will occupy the venue’s largest space at 7,000 square feet and, in addition to the main dining room, will feature a lounge, pasta room, show kitchen (with counter dining), private dining room, outdoor terrace and an open Mozzarella Bar Kitchen (with charcuterie station and wine room). “While memorable food and exceptional service will be the core draw, Fiolina Pasta House will be much, much more,” Trabocchi says. “It will be the place where you will always find a sense of community, and everyday life celebrations happen.” Trabocchi already has Fiola in Coral Gables, and his Washington, D.C.,-based restaurant group includes Del Mar and Sfoglina Pasta House. 5355 Town Center Road, Boca Raton; fabiotrabocchi.com

Saiko-i Sushi Lounge & Hibachi, Plantation

The restaurateur husband-and-wife team of chef Jason Zheng and Tina Wang are planning a second Saiko-i at the Shops at Broward shopping center (on the other side of Perimeter Road from Broward Mall) later this year. The menu will be the same as that of the original Boca Raton location, but inside the decor will be more modern and able to seat 180 to 200 people. The dynamic duo also own Yakitori Sake House in Boca Raton, Coco Sushi Lounge & Bar in Delray Beach, and Koi Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar in Fort Lauderdale. 8160 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; saikoiboca.com

The Soulful Steep, Pompano Beach

Billed as a new teahouse, salt cave and emporium, this groovy nook designed to help channel one’s “inner hippie” plans to shuffle into Pompano Beach’s arty Old Town district this spring. The menu at this cozy shop, registered to owners Christina and John Abresch, features a bevy of teas blended by local herbalists, along with vegan and gluten-free baked goods and light bites. The 40-seat shop will also be accented by a therapeutic salt cave and the sale of art and furniture made by locals. 122 N. Flagler Ave., Pompano Beach; TheSoulfulSteep.com

The Baked Bear, Dania Beach

The Baked Bear plans to open its second South Florida location sometime this winter at Dania Pointe, the sprawling al fresco mall and entertainment enclave in Dania Beach. As with the other location in Sawgrass Mills, this new novelty dessert shop will feature 13 baked-from-scratch-daily cookies and 13 premium craft ice cream flavors. You will also be able to mix and match two cookie flavors and choose an ice cream flavor for the filling, thus creating your own customized ice cream sandwich. Additionally, The Baked Bear will serve pints, sundaes and Bear Bowls (a warm cookie and brownie served with a scoop of ice cream). There are two more shops planned for Miami-Dade County. 139 S. Compass Way, Dania Beach; thebakedbear.com and daniapointe.com

Chip City, Pompano Beach and beyond

The latest New York-born restaurant to bet its chips on South Florida is this growing cookie monster, which is scheduled to open five new storefronts in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties by fall 2023. The sweet shack founded by childhood friends Peter Phillips and Teddy Gailas in 2017 has 17 spots in New York and New Jersey, but a $10 million investment by Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer spurred the South Florida move. Their chunky five-and-a-half-ounce cookie menu includes dairy-free chocolate chip made with oat milk and coconut oil, chocolate peanut butter, blueberry cheesecake, and seasonal outliers such as hot honey cornbread and cannoli (stuffed with toasted pistachios, cannoli shells and cream). A Miami Beach outpost is expected to debut this spring, followed by spots in Pompano Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami’s MIMO District. 2083 N. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach, and 302A E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; ChipCityCookies.com



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