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New York City Hip-Hop Legend Is Changing Lives With His Chain of Juice Bars

New York City Hip-Hop Legend Is Changing Lives With His Chain of Juice Bars


I felt an odd tingling after my second shot of Trinidadian root bark. The “Bark” isn’t officially on the menu at Juices for Life — a chain of juice bars co-owned by New York City hip-hop legend Styles P — but it’s there; you just have to ask for it.

Styles is a self-described “oxymoron.” On one hand, he’s a gangster rapper from a poor neighborhood in Yonkers, New York; on the other hand, he’s a passionate advocate for clean eating, healthy living, and inner balance. He stopped eating pork at 12 years old because it just didn’t feel right, and he swore off red meat at age 21 after seeing endless rows of cows while touring the country with his then-record label, Bad Boy. Though he has always been health-conscious, for the past three years Styles has committed himself to a completely plant-based diet, which he will sheepishly admit has evolved into a costly love affair with Whole Foods. For Styles, juicing is more than just an eating regimen; it’s a lifestyle that “connects us to nature and makes us more attuned with the world.”

Unfortunately, many neighborhoods — such as the ones where Juices for Life stores are set up — lack supermarkets at all reminiscent of a Whole Foods or a Trader Joe’s. Though obesity and diet-related illnesses affect people of all backgrounds and classes, they disproportionately impact low-income areas. This can be attributed to the fact that these neighborhoods lack healthy eating alternatives and, as a result, are often categorized as “food deserts.”

Styles said he believed whole-heartedly that your race, class, or economic status shouldn’t determine which foods were available to you. Therefore, Juices for Life is a response to this lack of access. His juice bars offer a range of smoothies, including the Kiss of Life (bananas, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries), the Future (peanut butter, beets, pear, strawberries), and the Revive (carrot, ginger, beets, grapes, lemon). They also sell a variety of juices specifically geared toward certain ailments; there’s the Anemia (beet, carrot, green pepper, apple) and the Asthma (spinach, kale, celery). All the juices cost between $5 and $6 — that’s less than a Big Mac and fries from McDonald’s.

Juices for Life, however, is more than just a spot to grab a fairly priced juice or smoothie. Styles stressed that he wanted his juice bars to be a place where customers could educate themselves on food and nutrition-related issues, gather as a community, and engage in discussion. With four stores already opened and more in the works, it’s obvious that a revolution is already in motion.

As Styles and I chatted at a high-top table near the door, he greeted everyone — and I mean everyone — but as we sat and talked, the true potential of the Juices for Life model was revealed when Styles was approached by a man who introduced himself as an interventional cardiologist, born and raised in the neighborhood. “Give me your card,” Styles said. “Actually, give me two. I’m going to text you so you know it’s me. I’m going to build with you, brother.”

Styles is aligning himself with medical professionals and entrepreneurs who share his beliefs. He recently collaborated with Claude Tellis and Kareem Cook, founders of the plant-based protein company, VeganSmart, to offer vegan nutritional shakes at all Juices for Life locations. For the past decade, Tellis and Cook have been fighting the battle against childhood obesity in Los Angeles elementary schools. In 2003, they successfully lobbied to have all junk food removed from vending machines within the LA school system, a law that later passed in the entire state of California. By partnering with VeganSmart, Juices for Life customers can purchase their own tub of nutritional powder and make nutritious shakes at home when another healthy meal option may not exist.

Health and music are “common denominators” of life, Styles said, because he believes they transcend racial, economic, and cultural differences. “If you walk through the door, if I walk through the door, health is a conversation that we can have. We have to find things to bring people together; you’re white, he’s Spanish, he’s Arab, he’s Albanian, he’s of Asian descent. Our religious backgrounds are different, but if I want to take care of my family, and you want to take care of your family, and I want to see our kid’s kids grow to be part of a bigger and better nation.”

In a time when there is overwhelming concern for the government’s ability to sufficiently provide healthy options for all its constituents, it takes entrepreneurs like Styles P, Kareem Cook, and Claude Tellis to make meaningful change.

“You have to start somewhere,” Styles said. “I try to wake up every day and push forward with something that I think is right.”

Styles is not simply shouting from the sidelines about how to help people; he is actually doing it, one pulse of the blender at a time.


Gastropub chain Legends Tavern and Grille grows into Pompano Beach

Father and son founders are opening this fourth location of their Broward County mini chain around mid-December in the former Pizza Moda.

“We’re excited to share the new direction,” says Jess Louis, partner with his father, Russel. “Our vision for this restaurant is a more contemporary gastropub concept, which patrons will see through our progressive design both indoors and outdoors. One major change will be the use of our expanded outdoor terrace area, which will have a mix of high tops and tables.

“Additionally, our menu will also change in that we will be scaling it down to focus on perfecting our signature dishes that our clientele has grown to love and elevating those items to create a memorable dining experience.”

Some of those New American gastropub signatures include the buffalo chicken dip ($9.99), brie and bacon burger ($13.99), Havana sandwich ($13.99), prosciutto and brie melt ($13.99) and fish and chips ($13.99).

“When we started Legends 10 years ago, I was only 21 years old,” Jess Louis says, referring to the original Sunrise location. “We’ve certainly come a long way in terms of elevating our menus, identifying trends within the industry and the way people like to dine. For example, we have added more vegetarian-friendly dishes and are exploring vegan options, too.”

One of those is a plant-based entrée made with pea protein and shaped like chicken wings ($13.99 for 10 $25.99 for 20). Other new items debuting with the opening are pepperoni pizza wonton rolls ($10.99), barbecue shrimp with Cajun lemon butter sauce ($11.99) and Tuscan chicken cutlet sandwich ($13.99).

In addition to a dozen draft beers, cocktail highlights include the cucumber cooler with gin, elderflower liqueur and lime juice ($8) and a blood-orange old fashioned ($9).

“We feel it is an exciting time for Pompano Beach in terms of how much it has progressed with new, small businesses and restaurant openings,” Louis says. “The city is very up-and-coming. We are always evaluating the tri-county area to see where we can expand. As of now, the Palm Beach area is of interest, particularly Lake Worth, Boynton, Jupiter and Wellington.”

But for now, the focus is on their Pompano addition, which features a neutral color palette and alfresco seating on a large, covered patio. Neutral colors can also be found on the paved front walkway, which is accented by umbrellas and bistro lights.

“The restaurant is close to a busy marina, so there will be some artwork that will pay homage to the yachting community,“ he says. “A major element will be the garage door that will give access to the indoor-outdoor bar area.”

Daily lunch and dinner will be served, as will weekend brunch.

Recently opened

Kasai & Koori, Asian-inspired dessert bar serving delicacies with North American twist amid artistic and cozy atmosphere in Canyon Town Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 8784 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., #104, Boynton Beach, 561-336-2211, KasaiAndKoori.com

Sassafras, Southern cuisine and vegetarian options from owners of Dada, Dubliner and Kapow Noodle Bar, nightly dinner and eventual weekend brunch amid open kitchen, 105 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-323-7007, Facebook.com/sassafraswpb

The Baked Bear, first Florida outpost of San Diego-based chain with handcrafted mix-and-match ice-cream sandwiches with original cookie and ice cream flavors, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 2604 Sawgrass Mills Circle, #1125, Sunrise, 954-686-2909, TheBakedBear.com

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, riverfront entertainment hub with five fast-casual food vendors and cocktail bar amid alfresco communal tables and patio furniture on Astroturf with music stage at former Las Olas Riverfront complex, open noon until late night Friday through Sunday, sister location to open-air lounge The Wharf Miami, 40 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-372-7606, WharfFtl.com

YOT Bar & Kitchen, nautical chic American bistro with beach color palette, marina views and dock, lunch and dinner daily plus weekend brunch, Lauderdale Marine Center, 2015 SW 20th St., 954-953-9000, Yotlmc.com

Dc Pie Co, second location of Denver original, brick-oven pizza for lunch and dinner daily amid rustic casual atmosphere with specialty cocktails at Dom´s Bar next door, 1010 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-453-6888, DcPieCo.com

Hutong, second U.S. location with contemporary northern Chinese cuisine for lunch and nightly daily, plus weekend brunch, amid chic, elegant décor with traditional Chinese elements, such as 70-foot long wall of hand-carved Chinese wood doors, contrasted by vivid pop-art colors, 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-388-0805, Hutong-Miami.com

La Fontana Steakhouse, traditional Italian cuisine with Latin twist for lunch and dinner daily amid traditional dark steakhouse vibe with modern accents, 4285 NW 107 Ave., Doral, 786-409-4793, LaFontanaSteakhouse.com

Mama Joon, vegetarian-forward, Lebanese-centric home-style Mediterranean cuisine for three meals a day amid handwoven tapestries and patio overlooking canal at Life House, Collins Park hotel, 2216 Park Ave., Miami Beach, 786-460-1685, LifeHouseHotels.com

Navé, seafood-centric Italian cuisine with coastal Mediterranean spirit for dinner nightly by chefs Michael Beltran and Justin Flit, next to Beltran’s acclaimed restaurant, Ariete, with marble raw bar and glass-enclosed pasta-making room, 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, 786-615-3747, NaveMiami.com

Omakai Sushi, traditional Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in heart of Wynwood with Japanese modern-style décor accented by vintage lighting and Wynwood mural, 2107 NW Second Ave., Miami, OmakaiSushi.com

Orilla, South American Patagonian cuisine for dinner nightly except Sundays with daily lunch and Sunday dinner launching Dec. 2, second location of original in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Urbanica The Euclid Hotel, 426 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8806, UrbanicaTheHotels.com

Seawell Fish N' Oyster, American seafood cuisine for nightly dinner and weekend brunch amid nautical chic yet rustic atmosphere in historic Art Deco building with patio and alfresco lounge in North of Fifth neighborhood, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 786-594-5820, SeawellMiami.com

Coming soon

The Halal Guys, third South Florida location of national chain offering Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare that sprang from New York City street cart, lunch and dinner daily amid sleek setting with red and yellow hues and steel accents, 6326 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, TheHalalGuys.com

Copperfish Kitchen, global-inspired seafood cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch amid modern, trendy ambiance with copper fish and navy blue accents in former Uncle Tai’s in Boca Center, 5250 Town Circle Drive, #143, Boca Raton, 561-391-3474, CopperfishKitchen.com

Crafty Crab, national chain based in Orange Park, Fla., offering home-style seafood with Southern charm and Cajun touches amid nautical décor, expanding South Florida locations, including at 147 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, and 2019 N. University Drive, Sunrise, hours vary by location, CraftyCrabRestaurant.com

High Dive, high-quality seafood from owners of Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, in former club space at Rosemary Square with ample alfresco seating, nightly dinner and eventual lunch, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Unit 236, West Palm Beach, HighDiveWestPalm.com

Just Salad, New York City-based fast-casual chain serving salads, wraps and bowls for lunch and dinner daily, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, and 1050 NW 14th St., Miami, JustSalad.com

La Boulangerie Boul'Mich, artisan French bakery with Latin twist for three meals daily, part of Miami-based mini chain with bistro seating near Williams-Sonoma in Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, LaBoulangerieUsa.com

Rex Baron, second location of avant-garde post-apocalyptic themed original, Mad Rex, in Philadelphia with vigilante art exhibits, virtual reality lounge, late-night live entertainment ​and modern American lunch and dinner daily in Nordstrom wing of Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-447-6993, TheRexBaron.com

Legends Tavern & Grille, Broward County gastropub chain offering traditional bar bites and New American fare for daily lunch and dinner and weekend brunch, 10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach, LegendsTavernAndGrille.com

Naked Taco, celebrity chef Ralph Pagano’s Mexican eatery serving lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch in Day of the Dead setting, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Road, Suite D103, Coconut Creek, LoveNakedTaco.com

Nick’s Bar and Grill, reopening after yearlong renovation of landmark 40-year-old eatery serving New England-style seafood in laid-back, Old Florida atmosphere, 1214 N. Boardwalk, Hollywood Beach, Facebook.com

Press & Grind Café, second location of juicery, coffee bar and sandwich shop in laid-back setting with communal tables, lounge areas, artisan light fixtures, lush foliage and free Wi-Fi, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 1300 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, PressandGrindCafe.com

Rivertail, upscale waterfront oyster bar and fish house by acclaimed chef Jose Mendin in former Briny Irish Pub on Riverwalk beside The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, RiverTailFtl.com

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, food hall across from FAT Village boasting 14 culinary stalls with anchor Khoffner Brewery’s German-style lagers and ales, plus a retail co-op with 10 arts-and-craft vendors, live-music stage and karaoke rooms, 115 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-329-2551, SistrunkMarketplace.com

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, hybrid fast-casual, tropical-themed eatery paired with resort-wear shop, 740 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, and 150 N. Pointe Drive, Dania Beach, TommyBahama.com

Biscayne Backyard Barbecue, Florida-style fare with family friendly backyard vibe amid bright colors, palm fronds and photographs of South Florida from the 1950s to 1970s, lunch and dinner daily except Mondays, 11064 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 305-892-2435, BiscayneBackyardBarbecue.com

Dalia, Mediterranean-style eatery with retro mid-century modern vibe flowing into lobby and courtyard of new Celino South Beach, three meals a day, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com

Mia Cucina Italiana, contemporary Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in bright, modern setting with Old World aesthetic in new Celino South Beach, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com


Gastropub chain Legends Tavern and Grille grows into Pompano Beach

Father and son founders are opening this fourth location of their Broward County mini chain around mid-December in the former Pizza Moda.

“We’re excited to share the new direction,” says Jess Louis, partner with his father, Russel. “Our vision for this restaurant is a more contemporary gastropub concept, which patrons will see through our progressive design both indoors and outdoors. One major change will be the use of our expanded outdoor terrace area, which will have a mix of high tops and tables.

“Additionally, our menu will also change in that we will be scaling it down to focus on perfecting our signature dishes that our clientele has grown to love and elevating those items to create a memorable dining experience.”

Some of those New American gastropub signatures include the buffalo chicken dip ($9.99), brie and bacon burger ($13.99), Havana sandwich ($13.99), prosciutto and brie melt ($13.99) and fish and chips ($13.99).

“When we started Legends 10 years ago, I was only 21 years old,” Jess Louis says, referring to the original Sunrise location. “We’ve certainly come a long way in terms of elevating our menus, identifying trends within the industry and the way people like to dine. For example, we have added more vegetarian-friendly dishes and are exploring vegan options, too.”

One of those is a plant-based entrée made with pea protein and shaped like chicken wings ($13.99 for 10 $25.99 for 20). Other new items debuting with the opening are pepperoni pizza wonton rolls ($10.99), barbecue shrimp with Cajun lemon butter sauce ($11.99) and Tuscan chicken cutlet sandwich ($13.99).

In addition to a dozen draft beers, cocktail highlights include the cucumber cooler with gin, elderflower liqueur and lime juice ($8) and a blood-orange old fashioned ($9).

“We feel it is an exciting time for Pompano Beach in terms of how much it has progressed with new, small businesses and restaurant openings,” Louis says. “The city is very up-and-coming. We are always evaluating the tri-county area to see where we can expand. As of now, the Palm Beach area is of interest, particularly Lake Worth, Boynton, Jupiter and Wellington.”

But for now, the focus is on their Pompano addition, which features a neutral color palette and alfresco seating on a large, covered patio. Neutral colors can also be found on the paved front walkway, which is accented by umbrellas and bistro lights.

“The restaurant is close to a busy marina, so there will be some artwork that will pay homage to the yachting community,“ he says. “A major element will be the garage door that will give access to the indoor-outdoor bar area.”

Daily lunch and dinner will be served, as will weekend brunch.

Recently opened

Kasai & Koori, Asian-inspired dessert bar serving delicacies with North American twist amid artistic and cozy atmosphere in Canyon Town Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 8784 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., #104, Boynton Beach, 561-336-2211, KasaiAndKoori.com

Sassafras, Southern cuisine and vegetarian options from owners of Dada, Dubliner and Kapow Noodle Bar, nightly dinner and eventual weekend brunch amid open kitchen, 105 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-323-7007, Facebook.com/sassafraswpb

The Baked Bear, first Florida outpost of San Diego-based chain with handcrafted mix-and-match ice-cream sandwiches with original cookie and ice cream flavors, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 2604 Sawgrass Mills Circle, #1125, Sunrise, 954-686-2909, TheBakedBear.com

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, riverfront entertainment hub with five fast-casual food vendors and cocktail bar amid alfresco communal tables and patio furniture on Astroturf with music stage at former Las Olas Riverfront complex, open noon until late night Friday through Sunday, sister location to open-air lounge The Wharf Miami, 40 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-372-7606, WharfFtl.com

YOT Bar & Kitchen, nautical chic American bistro with beach color palette, marina views and dock, lunch and dinner daily plus weekend brunch, Lauderdale Marine Center, 2015 SW 20th St., 954-953-9000, Yotlmc.com

Dc Pie Co, second location of Denver original, brick-oven pizza for lunch and dinner daily amid rustic casual atmosphere with specialty cocktails at Dom´s Bar next door, 1010 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-453-6888, DcPieCo.com

Hutong, second U.S. location with contemporary northern Chinese cuisine for lunch and nightly daily, plus weekend brunch, amid chic, elegant décor with traditional Chinese elements, such as 70-foot long wall of hand-carved Chinese wood doors, contrasted by vivid pop-art colors, 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-388-0805, Hutong-Miami.com

La Fontana Steakhouse, traditional Italian cuisine with Latin twist for lunch and dinner daily amid traditional dark steakhouse vibe with modern accents, 4285 NW 107 Ave., Doral, 786-409-4793, LaFontanaSteakhouse.com

Mama Joon, vegetarian-forward, Lebanese-centric home-style Mediterranean cuisine for three meals a day amid handwoven tapestries and patio overlooking canal at Life House, Collins Park hotel, 2216 Park Ave., Miami Beach, 786-460-1685, LifeHouseHotels.com

Navé, seafood-centric Italian cuisine with coastal Mediterranean spirit for dinner nightly by chefs Michael Beltran and Justin Flit, next to Beltran’s acclaimed restaurant, Ariete, with marble raw bar and glass-enclosed pasta-making room, 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, 786-615-3747, NaveMiami.com

Omakai Sushi, traditional Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in heart of Wynwood with Japanese modern-style décor accented by vintage lighting and Wynwood mural, 2107 NW Second Ave., Miami, OmakaiSushi.com

Orilla, South American Patagonian cuisine for dinner nightly except Sundays with daily lunch and Sunday dinner launching Dec. 2, second location of original in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Urbanica The Euclid Hotel, 426 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8806, UrbanicaTheHotels.com

Seawell Fish N' Oyster, American seafood cuisine for nightly dinner and weekend brunch amid nautical chic yet rustic atmosphere in historic Art Deco building with patio and alfresco lounge in North of Fifth neighborhood, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 786-594-5820, SeawellMiami.com

Coming soon

The Halal Guys, third South Florida location of national chain offering Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare that sprang from New York City street cart, lunch and dinner daily amid sleek setting with red and yellow hues and steel accents, 6326 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, TheHalalGuys.com

Copperfish Kitchen, global-inspired seafood cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch amid modern, trendy ambiance with copper fish and navy blue accents in former Uncle Tai’s in Boca Center, 5250 Town Circle Drive, #143, Boca Raton, 561-391-3474, CopperfishKitchen.com

Crafty Crab, national chain based in Orange Park, Fla., offering home-style seafood with Southern charm and Cajun touches amid nautical décor, expanding South Florida locations, including at 147 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, and 2019 N. University Drive, Sunrise, hours vary by location, CraftyCrabRestaurant.com

High Dive, high-quality seafood from owners of Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, in former club space at Rosemary Square with ample alfresco seating, nightly dinner and eventual lunch, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Unit 236, West Palm Beach, HighDiveWestPalm.com

Just Salad, New York City-based fast-casual chain serving salads, wraps and bowls for lunch and dinner daily, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, and 1050 NW 14th St., Miami, JustSalad.com

La Boulangerie Boul'Mich, artisan French bakery with Latin twist for three meals daily, part of Miami-based mini chain with bistro seating near Williams-Sonoma in Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, LaBoulangerieUsa.com

Rex Baron, second location of avant-garde post-apocalyptic themed original, Mad Rex, in Philadelphia with vigilante art exhibits, virtual reality lounge, late-night live entertainment ​and modern American lunch and dinner daily in Nordstrom wing of Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-447-6993, TheRexBaron.com

Legends Tavern & Grille, Broward County gastropub chain offering traditional bar bites and New American fare for daily lunch and dinner and weekend brunch, 10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach, LegendsTavernAndGrille.com

Naked Taco, celebrity chef Ralph Pagano’s Mexican eatery serving lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch in Day of the Dead setting, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Road, Suite D103, Coconut Creek, LoveNakedTaco.com

Nick’s Bar and Grill, reopening after yearlong renovation of landmark 40-year-old eatery serving New England-style seafood in laid-back, Old Florida atmosphere, 1214 N. Boardwalk, Hollywood Beach, Facebook.com

Press & Grind Café, second location of juicery, coffee bar and sandwich shop in laid-back setting with communal tables, lounge areas, artisan light fixtures, lush foliage and free Wi-Fi, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 1300 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, PressandGrindCafe.com

Rivertail, upscale waterfront oyster bar and fish house by acclaimed chef Jose Mendin in former Briny Irish Pub on Riverwalk beside The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, RiverTailFtl.com

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, food hall across from FAT Village boasting 14 culinary stalls with anchor Khoffner Brewery’s German-style lagers and ales, plus a retail co-op with 10 arts-and-craft vendors, live-music stage and karaoke rooms, 115 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-329-2551, SistrunkMarketplace.com

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, hybrid fast-casual, tropical-themed eatery paired with resort-wear shop, 740 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, and 150 N. Pointe Drive, Dania Beach, TommyBahama.com

Biscayne Backyard Barbecue, Florida-style fare with family friendly backyard vibe amid bright colors, palm fronds and photographs of South Florida from the 1950s to 1970s, lunch and dinner daily except Mondays, 11064 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 305-892-2435, BiscayneBackyardBarbecue.com

Dalia, Mediterranean-style eatery with retro mid-century modern vibe flowing into lobby and courtyard of new Celino South Beach, three meals a day, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com

Mia Cucina Italiana, contemporary Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in bright, modern setting with Old World aesthetic in new Celino South Beach, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com


Gastropub chain Legends Tavern and Grille grows into Pompano Beach

Father and son founders are opening this fourth location of their Broward County mini chain around mid-December in the former Pizza Moda.

“We’re excited to share the new direction,” says Jess Louis, partner with his father, Russel. “Our vision for this restaurant is a more contemporary gastropub concept, which patrons will see through our progressive design both indoors and outdoors. One major change will be the use of our expanded outdoor terrace area, which will have a mix of high tops and tables.

“Additionally, our menu will also change in that we will be scaling it down to focus on perfecting our signature dishes that our clientele has grown to love and elevating those items to create a memorable dining experience.”

Some of those New American gastropub signatures include the buffalo chicken dip ($9.99), brie and bacon burger ($13.99), Havana sandwich ($13.99), prosciutto and brie melt ($13.99) and fish and chips ($13.99).

“When we started Legends 10 years ago, I was only 21 years old,” Jess Louis says, referring to the original Sunrise location. “We’ve certainly come a long way in terms of elevating our menus, identifying trends within the industry and the way people like to dine. For example, we have added more vegetarian-friendly dishes and are exploring vegan options, too.”

One of those is a plant-based entrée made with pea protein and shaped like chicken wings ($13.99 for 10 $25.99 for 20). Other new items debuting with the opening are pepperoni pizza wonton rolls ($10.99), barbecue shrimp with Cajun lemon butter sauce ($11.99) and Tuscan chicken cutlet sandwich ($13.99).

In addition to a dozen draft beers, cocktail highlights include the cucumber cooler with gin, elderflower liqueur and lime juice ($8) and a blood-orange old fashioned ($9).

“We feel it is an exciting time for Pompano Beach in terms of how much it has progressed with new, small businesses and restaurant openings,” Louis says. “The city is very up-and-coming. We are always evaluating the tri-county area to see where we can expand. As of now, the Palm Beach area is of interest, particularly Lake Worth, Boynton, Jupiter and Wellington.”

But for now, the focus is on their Pompano addition, which features a neutral color palette and alfresco seating on a large, covered patio. Neutral colors can also be found on the paved front walkway, which is accented by umbrellas and bistro lights.

“The restaurant is close to a busy marina, so there will be some artwork that will pay homage to the yachting community,“ he says. “A major element will be the garage door that will give access to the indoor-outdoor bar area.”

Daily lunch and dinner will be served, as will weekend brunch.

Recently opened

Kasai & Koori, Asian-inspired dessert bar serving delicacies with North American twist amid artistic and cozy atmosphere in Canyon Town Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 8784 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., #104, Boynton Beach, 561-336-2211, KasaiAndKoori.com

Sassafras, Southern cuisine and vegetarian options from owners of Dada, Dubliner and Kapow Noodle Bar, nightly dinner and eventual weekend brunch amid open kitchen, 105 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-323-7007, Facebook.com/sassafraswpb

The Baked Bear, first Florida outpost of San Diego-based chain with handcrafted mix-and-match ice-cream sandwiches with original cookie and ice cream flavors, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 2604 Sawgrass Mills Circle, #1125, Sunrise, 954-686-2909, TheBakedBear.com

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, riverfront entertainment hub with five fast-casual food vendors and cocktail bar amid alfresco communal tables and patio furniture on Astroturf with music stage at former Las Olas Riverfront complex, open noon until late night Friday through Sunday, sister location to open-air lounge The Wharf Miami, 40 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-372-7606, WharfFtl.com

YOT Bar & Kitchen, nautical chic American bistro with beach color palette, marina views and dock, lunch and dinner daily plus weekend brunch, Lauderdale Marine Center, 2015 SW 20th St., 954-953-9000, Yotlmc.com

Dc Pie Co, second location of Denver original, brick-oven pizza for lunch and dinner daily amid rustic casual atmosphere with specialty cocktails at Dom´s Bar next door, 1010 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-453-6888, DcPieCo.com

Hutong, second U.S. location with contemporary northern Chinese cuisine for lunch and nightly daily, plus weekend brunch, amid chic, elegant décor with traditional Chinese elements, such as 70-foot long wall of hand-carved Chinese wood doors, contrasted by vivid pop-art colors, 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-388-0805, Hutong-Miami.com

La Fontana Steakhouse, traditional Italian cuisine with Latin twist for lunch and dinner daily amid traditional dark steakhouse vibe with modern accents, 4285 NW 107 Ave., Doral, 786-409-4793, LaFontanaSteakhouse.com

Mama Joon, vegetarian-forward, Lebanese-centric home-style Mediterranean cuisine for three meals a day amid handwoven tapestries and patio overlooking canal at Life House, Collins Park hotel, 2216 Park Ave., Miami Beach, 786-460-1685, LifeHouseHotels.com

Navé, seafood-centric Italian cuisine with coastal Mediterranean spirit for dinner nightly by chefs Michael Beltran and Justin Flit, next to Beltran’s acclaimed restaurant, Ariete, with marble raw bar and glass-enclosed pasta-making room, 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, 786-615-3747, NaveMiami.com

Omakai Sushi, traditional Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in heart of Wynwood with Japanese modern-style décor accented by vintage lighting and Wynwood mural, 2107 NW Second Ave., Miami, OmakaiSushi.com

Orilla, South American Patagonian cuisine for dinner nightly except Sundays with daily lunch and Sunday dinner launching Dec. 2, second location of original in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Urbanica The Euclid Hotel, 426 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8806, UrbanicaTheHotels.com

Seawell Fish N' Oyster, American seafood cuisine for nightly dinner and weekend brunch amid nautical chic yet rustic atmosphere in historic Art Deco building with patio and alfresco lounge in North of Fifth neighborhood, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 786-594-5820, SeawellMiami.com

Coming soon

The Halal Guys, third South Florida location of national chain offering Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare that sprang from New York City street cart, lunch and dinner daily amid sleek setting with red and yellow hues and steel accents, 6326 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, TheHalalGuys.com

Copperfish Kitchen, global-inspired seafood cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch amid modern, trendy ambiance with copper fish and navy blue accents in former Uncle Tai’s in Boca Center, 5250 Town Circle Drive, #143, Boca Raton, 561-391-3474, CopperfishKitchen.com

Crafty Crab, national chain based in Orange Park, Fla., offering home-style seafood with Southern charm and Cajun touches amid nautical décor, expanding South Florida locations, including at 147 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, and 2019 N. University Drive, Sunrise, hours vary by location, CraftyCrabRestaurant.com

High Dive, high-quality seafood from owners of Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, in former club space at Rosemary Square with ample alfresco seating, nightly dinner and eventual lunch, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Unit 236, West Palm Beach, HighDiveWestPalm.com

Just Salad, New York City-based fast-casual chain serving salads, wraps and bowls for lunch and dinner daily, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, and 1050 NW 14th St., Miami, JustSalad.com

La Boulangerie Boul'Mich, artisan French bakery with Latin twist for three meals daily, part of Miami-based mini chain with bistro seating near Williams-Sonoma in Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, LaBoulangerieUsa.com

Rex Baron, second location of avant-garde post-apocalyptic themed original, Mad Rex, in Philadelphia with vigilante art exhibits, virtual reality lounge, late-night live entertainment ​and modern American lunch and dinner daily in Nordstrom wing of Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-447-6993, TheRexBaron.com

Legends Tavern & Grille, Broward County gastropub chain offering traditional bar bites and New American fare for daily lunch and dinner and weekend brunch, 10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach, LegendsTavernAndGrille.com

Naked Taco, celebrity chef Ralph Pagano’s Mexican eatery serving lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch in Day of the Dead setting, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Road, Suite D103, Coconut Creek, LoveNakedTaco.com

Nick’s Bar and Grill, reopening after yearlong renovation of landmark 40-year-old eatery serving New England-style seafood in laid-back, Old Florida atmosphere, 1214 N. Boardwalk, Hollywood Beach, Facebook.com

Press & Grind Café, second location of juicery, coffee bar and sandwich shop in laid-back setting with communal tables, lounge areas, artisan light fixtures, lush foliage and free Wi-Fi, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 1300 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, PressandGrindCafe.com

Rivertail, upscale waterfront oyster bar and fish house by acclaimed chef Jose Mendin in former Briny Irish Pub on Riverwalk beside The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, RiverTailFtl.com

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, food hall across from FAT Village boasting 14 culinary stalls with anchor Khoffner Brewery’s German-style lagers and ales, plus a retail co-op with 10 arts-and-craft vendors, live-music stage and karaoke rooms, 115 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-329-2551, SistrunkMarketplace.com

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, hybrid fast-casual, tropical-themed eatery paired with resort-wear shop, 740 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, and 150 N. Pointe Drive, Dania Beach, TommyBahama.com

Biscayne Backyard Barbecue, Florida-style fare with family friendly backyard vibe amid bright colors, palm fronds and photographs of South Florida from the 1950s to 1970s, lunch and dinner daily except Mondays, 11064 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 305-892-2435, BiscayneBackyardBarbecue.com

Dalia, Mediterranean-style eatery with retro mid-century modern vibe flowing into lobby and courtyard of new Celino South Beach, three meals a day, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com

Mia Cucina Italiana, contemporary Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in bright, modern setting with Old World aesthetic in new Celino South Beach, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com


Gastropub chain Legends Tavern and Grille grows into Pompano Beach

Father and son founders are opening this fourth location of their Broward County mini chain around mid-December in the former Pizza Moda.

“We’re excited to share the new direction,” says Jess Louis, partner with his father, Russel. “Our vision for this restaurant is a more contemporary gastropub concept, which patrons will see through our progressive design both indoors and outdoors. One major change will be the use of our expanded outdoor terrace area, which will have a mix of high tops and tables.

“Additionally, our menu will also change in that we will be scaling it down to focus on perfecting our signature dishes that our clientele has grown to love and elevating those items to create a memorable dining experience.”

Some of those New American gastropub signatures include the buffalo chicken dip ($9.99), brie and bacon burger ($13.99), Havana sandwich ($13.99), prosciutto and brie melt ($13.99) and fish and chips ($13.99).

“When we started Legends 10 years ago, I was only 21 years old,” Jess Louis says, referring to the original Sunrise location. “We’ve certainly come a long way in terms of elevating our menus, identifying trends within the industry and the way people like to dine. For example, we have added more vegetarian-friendly dishes and are exploring vegan options, too.”

One of those is a plant-based entrée made with pea protein and shaped like chicken wings ($13.99 for 10 $25.99 for 20). Other new items debuting with the opening are pepperoni pizza wonton rolls ($10.99), barbecue shrimp with Cajun lemon butter sauce ($11.99) and Tuscan chicken cutlet sandwich ($13.99).

In addition to a dozen draft beers, cocktail highlights include the cucumber cooler with gin, elderflower liqueur and lime juice ($8) and a blood-orange old fashioned ($9).

“We feel it is an exciting time for Pompano Beach in terms of how much it has progressed with new, small businesses and restaurant openings,” Louis says. “The city is very up-and-coming. We are always evaluating the tri-county area to see where we can expand. As of now, the Palm Beach area is of interest, particularly Lake Worth, Boynton, Jupiter and Wellington.”

But for now, the focus is on their Pompano addition, which features a neutral color palette and alfresco seating on a large, covered patio. Neutral colors can also be found on the paved front walkway, which is accented by umbrellas and bistro lights.

“The restaurant is close to a busy marina, so there will be some artwork that will pay homage to the yachting community,“ he says. “A major element will be the garage door that will give access to the indoor-outdoor bar area.”

Daily lunch and dinner will be served, as will weekend brunch.

Recently opened

Kasai & Koori, Asian-inspired dessert bar serving delicacies with North American twist amid artistic and cozy atmosphere in Canyon Town Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 8784 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., #104, Boynton Beach, 561-336-2211, KasaiAndKoori.com

Sassafras, Southern cuisine and vegetarian options from owners of Dada, Dubliner and Kapow Noodle Bar, nightly dinner and eventual weekend brunch amid open kitchen, 105 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-323-7007, Facebook.com/sassafraswpb

The Baked Bear, first Florida outpost of San Diego-based chain with handcrafted mix-and-match ice-cream sandwiches with original cookie and ice cream flavors, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 2604 Sawgrass Mills Circle, #1125, Sunrise, 954-686-2909, TheBakedBear.com

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, riverfront entertainment hub with five fast-casual food vendors and cocktail bar amid alfresco communal tables and patio furniture on Astroturf with music stage at former Las Olas Riverfront complex, open noon until late night Friday through Sunday, sister location to open-air lounge The Wharf Miami, 40 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-372-7606, WharfFtl.com

YOT Bar & Kitchen, nautical chic American bistro with beach color palette, marina views and dock, lunch and dinner daily plus weekend brunch, Lauderdale Marine Center, 2015 SW 20th St., 954-953-9000, Yotlmc.com

Dc Pie Co, second location of Denver original, brick-oven pizza for lunch and dinner daily amid rustic casual atmosphere with specialty cocktails at Dom´s Bar next door, 1010 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-453-6888, DcPieCo.com

Hutong, second U.S. location with contemporary northern Chinese cuisine for lunch and nightly daily, plus weekend brunch, amid chic, elegant décor with traditional Chinese elements, such as 70-foot long wall of hand-carved Chinese wood doors, contrasted by vivid pop-art colors, 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-388-0805, Hutong-Miami.com

La Fontana Steakhouse, traditional Italian cuisine with Latin twist for lunch and dinner daily amid traditional dark steakhouse vibe with modern accents, 4285 NW 107 Ave., Doral, 786-409-4793, LaFontanaSteakhouse.com

Mama Joon, vegetarian-forward, Lebanese-centric home-style Mediterranean cuisine for three meals a day amid handwoven tapestries and patio overlooking canal at Life House, Collins Park hotel, 2216 Park Ave., Miami Beach, 786-460-1685, LifeHouseHotels.com

Navé, seafood-centric Italian cuisine with coastal Mediterranean spirit for dinner nightly by chefs Michael Beltran and Justin Flit, next to Beltran’s acclaimed restaurant, Ariete, with marble raw bar and glass-enclosed pasta-making room, 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, 786-615-3747, NaveMiami.com

Omakai Sushi, traditional Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in heart of Wynwood with Japanese modern-style décor accented by vintage lighting and Wynwood mural, 2107 NW Second Ave., Miami, OmakaiSushi.com

Orilla, South American Patagonian cuisine for dinner nightly except Sundays with daily lunch and Sunday dinner launching Dec. 2, second location of original in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Urbanica The Euclid Hotel, 426 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8806, UrbanicaTheHotels.com

Seawell Fish N' Oyster, American seafood cuisine for nightly dinner and weekend brunch amid nautical chic yet rustic atmosphere in historic Art Deco building with patio and alfresco lounge in North of Fifth neighborhood, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 786-594-5820, SeawellMiami.com

Coming soon

The Halal Guys, third South Florida location of national chain offering Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare that sprang from New York City street cart, lunch and dinner daily amid sleek setting with red and yellow hues and steel accents, 6326 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, TheHalalGuys.com

Copperfish Kitchen, global-inspired seafood cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch amid modern, trendy ambiance with copper fish and navy blue accents in former Uncle Tai’s in Boca Center, 5250 Town Circle Drive, #143, Boca Raton, 561-391-3474, CopperfishKitchen.com

Crafty Crab, national chain based in Orange Park, Fla., offering home-style seafood with Southern charm and Cajun touches amid nautical décor, expanding South Florida locations, including at 147 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, and 2019 N. University Drive, Sunrise, hours vary by location, CraftyCrabRestaurant.com

High Dive, high-quality seafood from owners of Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, in former club space at Rosemary Square with ample alfresco seating, nightly dinner and eventual lunch, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Unit 236, West Palm Beach, HighDiveWestPalm.com

Just Salad, New York City-based fast-casual chain serving salads, wraps and bowls for lunch and dinner daily, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, and 1050 NW 14th St., Miami, JustSalad.com

La Boulangerie Boul'Mich, artisan French bakery with Latin twist for three meals daily, part of Miami-based mini chain with bistro seating near Williams-Sonoma in Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, LaBoulangerieUsa.com

Rex Baron, second location of avant-garde post-apocalyptic themed original, Mad Rex, in Philadelphia with vigilante art exhibits, virtual reality lounge, late-night live entertainment ​and modern American lunch and dinner daily in Nordstrom wing of Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-447-6993, TheRexBaron.com

Legends Tavern & Grille, Broward County gastropub chain offering traditional bar bites and New American fare for daily lunch and dinner and weekend brunch, 10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach, LegendsTavernAndGrille.com

Naked Taco, celebrity chef Ralph Pagano’s Mexican eatery serving lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch in Day of the Dead setting, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Road, Suite D103, Coconut Creek, LoveNakedTaco.com

Nick’s Bar and Grill, reopening after yearlong renovation of landmark 40-year-old eatery serving New England-style seafood in laid-back, Old Florida atmosphere, 1214 N. Boardwalk, Hollywood Beach, Facebook.com

Press & Grind Café, second location of juicery, coffee bar and sandwich shop in laid-back setting with communal tables, lounge areas, artisan light fixtures, lush foliage and free Wi-Fi, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 1300 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, PressandGrindCafe.com

Rivertail, upscale waterfront oyster bar and fish house by acclaimed chef Jose Mendin in former Briny Irish Pub on Riverwalk beside The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, RiverTailFtl.com

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, food hall across from FAT Village boasting 14 culinary stalls with anchor Khoffner Brewery’s German-style lagers and ales, plus a retail co-op with 10 arts-and-craft vendors, live-music stage and karaoke rooms, 115 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-329-2551, SistrunkMarketplace.com

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, hybrid fast-casual, tropical-themed eatery paired with resort-wear shop, 740 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, and 150 N. Pointe Drive, Dania Beach, TommyBahama.com

Biscayne Backyard Barbecue, Florida-style fare with family friendly backyard vibe amid bright colors, palm fronds and photographs of South Florida from the 1950s to 1970s, lunch and dinner daily except Mondays, 11064 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 305-892-2435, BiscayneBackyardBarbecue.com

Dalia, Mediterranean-style eatery with retro mid-century modern vibe flowing into lobby and courtyard of new Celino South Beach, three meals a day, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com

Mia Cucina Italiana, contemporary Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in bright, modern setting with Old World aesthetic in new Celino South Beach, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com


Gastropub chain Legends Tavern and Grille grows into Pompano Beach

Father and son founders are opening this fourth location of their Broward County mini chain around mid-December in the former Pizza Moda.

“We’re excited to share the new direction,” says Jess Louis, partner with his father, Russel. “Our vision for this restaurant is a more contemporary gastropub concept, which patrons will see through our progressive design both indoors and outdoors. One major change will be the use of our expanded outdoor terrace area, which will have a mix of high tops and tables.

“Additionally, our menu will also change in that we will be scaling it down to focus on perfecting our signature dishes that our clientele has grown to love and elevating those items to create a memorable dining experience.”

Some of those New American gastropub signatures include the buffalo chicken dip ($9.99), brie and bacon burger ($13.99), Havana sandwich ($13.99), prosciutto and brie melt ($13.99) and fish and chips ($13.99).

“When we started Legends 10 years ago, I was only 21 years old,” Jess Louis says, referring to the original Sunrise location. “We’ve certainly come a long way in terms of elevating our menus, identifying trends within the industry and the way people like to dine. For example, we have added more vegetarian-friendly dishes and are exploring vegan options, too.”

One of those is a plant-based entrée made with pea protein and shaped like chicken wings ($13.99 for 10 $25.99 for 20). Other new items debuting with the opening are pepperoni pizza wonton rolls ($10.99), barbecue shrimp with Cajun lemon butter sauce ($11.99) and Tuscan chicken cutlet sandwich ($13.99).

In addition to a dozen draft beers, cocktail highlights include the cucumber cooler with gin, elderflower liqueur and lime juice ($8) and a blood-orange old fashioned ($9).

“We feel it is an exciting time for Pompano Beach in terms of how much it has progressed with new, small businesses and restaurant openings,” Louis says. “The city is very up-and-coming. We are always evaluating the tri-county area to see where we can expand. As of now, the Palm Beach area is of interest, particularly Lake Worth, Boynton, Jupiter and Wellington.”

But for now, the focus is on their Pompano addition, which features a neutral color palette and alfresco seating on a large, covered patio. Neutral colors can also be found on the paved front walkway, which is accented by umbrellas and bistro lights.

“The restaurant is close to a busy marina, so there will be some artwork that will pay homage to the yachting community,“ he says. “A major element will be the garage door that will give access to the indoor-outdoor bar area.”

Daily lunch and dinner will be served, as will weekend brunch.

Recently opened

Kasai & Koori, Asian-inspired dessert bar serving delicacies with North American twist amid artistic and cozy atmosphere in Canyon Town Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 8784 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., #104, Boynton Beach, 561-336-2211, KasaiAndKoori.com

Sassafras, Southern cuisine and vegetarian options from owners of Dada, Dubliner and Kapow Noodle Bar, nightly dinner and eventual weekend brunch amid open kitchen, 105 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-323-7007, Facebook.com/sassafraswpb

The Baked Bear, first Florida outpost of San Diego-based chain with handcrafted mix-and-match ice-cream sandwiches with original cookie and ice cream flavors, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 2604 Sawgrass Mills Circle, #1125, Sunrise, 954-686-2909, TheBakedBear.com

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, riverfront entertainment hub with five fast-casual food vendors and cocktail bar amid alfresco communal tables and patio furniture on Astroturf with music stage at former Las Olas Riverfront complex, open noon until late night Friday through Sunday, sister location to open-air lounge The Wharf Miami, 40 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-372-7606, WharfFtl.com

YOT Bar & Kitchen, nautical chic American bistro with beach color palette, marina views and dock, lunch and dinner daily plus weekend brunch, Lauderdale Marine Center, 2015 SW 20th St., 954-953-9000, Yotlmc.com

Dc Pie Co, second location of Denver original, brick-oven pizza for lunch and dinner daily amid rustic casual atmosphere with specialty cocktails at Dom´s Bar next door, 1010 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-453-6888, DcPieCo.com

Hutong, second U.S. location with contemporary northern Chinese cuisine for lunch and nightly daily, plus weekend brunch, amid chic, elegant décor with traditional Chinese elements, such as 70-foot long wall of hand-carved Chinese wood doors, contrasted by vivid pop-art colors, 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-388-0805, Hutong-Miami.com

La Fontana Steakhouse, traditional Italian cuisine with Latin twist for lunch and dinner daily amid traditional dark steakhouse vibe with modern accents, 4285 NW 107 Ave., Doral, 786-409-4793, LaFontanaSteakhouse.com

Mama Joon, vegetarian-forward, Lebanese-centric home-style Mediterranean cuisine for three meals a day amid handwoven tapestries and patio overlooking canal at Life House, Collins Park hotel, 2216 Park Ave., Miami Beach, 786-460-1685, LifeHouseHotels.com

Navé, seafood-centric Italian cuisine with coastal Mediterranean spirit for dinner nightly by chefs Michael Beltran and Justin Flit, next to Beltran’s acclaimed restaurant, Ariete, with marble raw bar and glass-enclosed pasta-making room, 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, 786-615-3747, NaveMiami.com

Omakai Sushi, traditional Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in heart of Wynwood with Japanese modern-style décor accented by vintage lighting and Wynwood mural, 2107 NW Second Ave., Miami, OmakaiSushi.com

Orilla, South American Patagonian cuisine for dinner nightly except Sundays with daily lunch and Sunday dinner launching Dec. 2, second location of original in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Urbanica The Euclid Hotel, 426 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8806, UrbanicaTheHotels.com

Seawell Fish N' Oyster, American seafood cuisine for nightly dinner and weekend brunch amid nautical chic yet rustic atmosphere in historic Art Deco building with patio and alfresco lounge in North of Fifth neighborhood, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 786-594-5820, SeawellMiami.com

Coming soon

The Halal Guys, third South Florida location of national chain offering Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare that sprang from New York City street cart, lunch and dinner daily amid sleek setting with red and yellow hues and steel accents, 6326 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, TheHalalGuys.com

Copperfish Kitchen, global-inspired seafood cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch amid modern, trendy ambiance with copper fish and navy blue accents in former Uncle Tai’s in Boca Center, 5250 Town Circle Drive, #143, Boca Raton, 561-391-3474, CopperfishKitchen.com

Crafty Crab, national chain based in Orange Park, Fla., offering home-style seafood with Southern charm and Cajun touches amid nautical décor, expanding South Florida locations, including at 147 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, and 2019 N. University Drive, Sunrise, hours vary by location, CraftyCrabRestaurant.com

High Dive, high-quality seafood from owners of Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, in former club space at Rosemary Square with ample alfresco seating, nightly dinner and eventual lunch, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Unit 236, West Palm Beach, HighDiveWestPalm.com

Just Salad, New York City-based fast-casual chain serving salads, wraps and bowls for lunch and dinner daily, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, and 1050 NW 14th St., Miami, JustSalad.com

La Boulangerie Boul'Mich, artisan French bakery with Latin twist for three meals daily, part of Miami-based mini chain with bistro seating near Williams-Sonoma in Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, LaBoulangerieUsa.com

Rex Baron, second location of avant-garde post-apocalyptic themed original, Mad Rex, in Philadelphia with vigilante art exhibits, virtual reality lounge, late-night live entertainment ​and modern American lunch and dinner daily in Nordstrom wing of Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-447-6993, TheRexBaron.com

Legends Tavern & Grille, Broward County gastropub chain offering traditional bar bites and New American fare for daily lunch and dinner and weekend brunch, 10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach, LegendsTavernAndGrille.com

Naked Taco, celebrity chef Ralph Pagano’s Mexican eatery serving lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch in Day of the Dead setting, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Road, Suite D103, Coconut Creek, LoveNakedTaco.com

Nick’s Bar and Grill, reopening after yearlong renovation of landmark 40-year-old eatery serving New England-style seafood in laid-back, Old Florida atmosphere, 1214 N. Boardwalk, Hollywood Beach, Facebook.com

Press & Grind Café, second location of juicery, coffee bar and sandwich shop in laid-back setting with communal tables, lounge areas, artisan light fixtures, lush foliage and free Wi-Fi, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 1300 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, PressandGrindCafe.com

Rivertail, upscale waterfront oyster bar and fish house by acclaimed chef Jose Mendin in former Briny Irish Pub on Riverwalk beside The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, RiverTailFtl.com

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, food hall across from FAT Village boasting 14 culinary stalls with anchor Khoffner Brewery’s German-style lagers and ales, plus a retail co-op with 10 arts-and-craft vendors, live-music stage and karaoke rooms, 115 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-329-2551, SistrunkMarketplace.com

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, hybrid fast-casual, tropical-themed eatery paired with resort-wear shop, 740 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, and 150 N. Pointe Drive, Dania Beach, TommyBahama.com

Biscayne Backyard Barbecue, Florida-style fare with family friendly backyard vibe amid bright colors, palm fronds and photographs of South Florida from the 1950s to 1970s, lunch and dinner daily except Mondays, 11064 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 305-892-2435, BiscayneBackyardBarbecue.com

Dalia, Mediterranean-style eatery with retro mid-century modern vibe flowing into lobby and courtyard of new Celino South Beach, three meals a day, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com

Mia Cucina Italiana, contemporary Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in bright, modern setting with Old World aesthetic in new Celino South Beach, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com


Gastropub chain Legends Tavern and Grille grows into Pompano Beach

Father and son founders are opening this fourth location of their Broward County mini chain around mid-December in the former Pizza Moda.

“We’re excited to share the new direction,” says Jess Louis, partner with his father, Russel. “Our vision for this restaurant is a more contemporary gastropub concept, which patrons will see through our progressive design both indoors and outdoors. One major change will be the use of our expanded outdoor terrace area, which will have a mix of high tops and tables.

“Additionally, our menu will also change in that we will be scaling it down to focus on perfecting our signature dishes that our clientele has grown to love and elevating those items to create a memorable dining experience.”

Some of those New American gastropub signatures include the buffalo chicken dip ($9.99), brie and bacon burger ($13.99), Havana sandwich ($13.99), prosciutto and brie melt ($13.99) and fish and chips ($13.99).

“When we started Legends 10 years ago, I was only 21 years old,” Jess Louis says, referring to the original Sunrise location. “We’ve certainly come a long way in terms of elevating our menus, identifying trends within the industry and the way people like to dine. For example, we have added more vegetarian-friendly dishes and are exploring vegan options, too.”

One of those is a plant-based entrée made with pea protein and shaped like chicken wings ($13.99 for 10 $25.99 for 20). Other new items debuting with the opening are pepperoni pizza wonton rolls ($10.99), barbecue shrimp with Cajun lemon butter sauce ($11.99) and Tuscan chicken cutlet sandwich ($13.99).

In addition to a dozen draft beers, cocktail highlights include the cucumber cooler with gin, elderflower liqueur and lime juice ($8) and a blood-orange old fashioned ($9).

“We feel it is an exciting time for Pompano Beach in terms of how much it has progressed with new, small businesses and restaurant openings,” Louis says. “The city is very up-and-coming. We are always evaluating the tri-county area to see where we can expand. As of now, the Palm Beach area is of interest, particularly Lake Worth, Boynton, Jupiter and Wellington.”

But for now, the focus is on their Pompano addition, which features a neutral color palette and alfresco seating on a large, covered patio. Neutral colors can also be found on the paved front walkway, which is accented by umbrellas and bistro lights.

“The restaurant is close to a busy marina, so there will be some artwork that will pay homage to the yachting community,“ he says. “A major element will be the garage door that will give access to the indoor-outdoor bar area.”

Daily lunch and dinner will be served, as will weekend brunch.

Recently opened

Kasai & Koori, Asian-inspired dessert bar serving delicacies with North American twist amid artistic and cozy atmosphere in Canyon Town Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 8784 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., #104, Boynton Beach, 561-336-2211, KasaiAndKoori.com

Sassafras, Southern cuisine and vegetarian options from owners of Dada, Dubliner and Kapow Noodle Bar, nightly dinner and eventual weekend brunch amid open kitchen, 105 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-323-7007, Facebook.com/sassafraswpb

The Baked Bear, first Florida outpost of San Diego-based chain with handcrafted mix-and-match ice-cream sandwiches with original cookie and ice cream flavors, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 2604 Sawgrass Mills Circle, #1125, Sunrise, 954-686-2909, TheBakedBear.com

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, riverfront entertainment hub with five fast-casual food vendors and cocktail bar amid alfresco communal tables and patio furniture on Astroturf with music stage at former Las Olas Riverfront complex, open noon until late night Friday through Sunday, sister location to open-air lounge The Wharf Miami, 40 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-372-7606, WharfFtl.com

YOT Bar & Kitchen, nautical chic American bistro with beach color palette, marina views and dock, lunch and dinner daily plus weekend brunch, Lauderdale Marine Center, 2015 SW 20th St., 954-953-9000, Yotlmc.com

Dc Pie Co, second location of Denver original, brick-oven pizza for lunch and dinner daily amid rustic casual atmosphere with specialty cocktails at Dom´s Bar next door, 1010 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-453-6888, DcPieCo.com

Hutong, second U.S. location with contemporary northern Chinese cuisine for lunch and nightly daily, plus weekend brunch, amid chic, elegant décor with traditional Chinese elements, such as 70-foot long wall of hand-carved Chinese wood doors, contrasted by vivid pop-art colors, 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-388-0805, Hutong-Miami.com

La Fontana Steakhouse, traditional Italian cuisine with Latin twist for lunch and dinner daily amid traditional dark steakhouse vibe with modern accents, 4285 NW 107 Ave., Doral, 786-409-4793, LaFontanaSteakhouse.com

Mama Joon, vegetarian-forward, Lebanese-centric home-style Mediterranean cuisine for three meals a day amid handwoven tapestries and patio overlooking canal at Life House, Collins Park hotel, 2216 Park Ave., Miami Beach, 786-460-1685, LifeHouseHotels.com

Navé, seafood-centric Italian cuisine with coastal Mediterranean spirit for dinner nightly by chefs Michael Beltran and Justin Flit, next to Beltran’s acclaimed restaurant, Ariete, with marble raw bar and glass-enclosed pasta-making room, 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, 786-615-3747, NaveMiami.com

Omakai Sushi, traditional Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in heart of Wynwood with Japanese modern-style décor accented by vintage lighting and Wynwood mural, 2107 NW Second Ave., Miami, OmakaiSushi.com

Orilla, South American Patagonian cuisine for dinner nightly except Sundays with daily lunch and Sunday dinner launching Dec. 2, second location of original in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Urbanica The Euclid Hotel, 426 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8806, UrbanicaTheHotels.com

Seawell Fish N' Oyster, American seafood cuisine for nightly dinner and weekend brunch amid nautical chic yet rustic atmosphere in historic Art Deco building with patio and alfresco lounge in North of Fifth neighborhood, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 786-594-5820, SeawellMiami.com

Coming soon

The Halal Guys, third South Florida location of national chain offering Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare that sprang from New York City street cart, lunch and dinner daily amid sleek setting with red and yellow hues and steel accents, 6326 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, TheHalalGuys.com

Copperfish Kitchen, global-inspired seafood cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch amid modern, trendy ambiance with copper fish and navy blue accents in former Uncle Tai’s in Boca Center, 5250 Town Circle Drive, #143, Boca Raton, 561-391-3474, CopperfishKitchen.com

Crafty Crab, national chain based in Orange Park, Fla., offering home-style seafood with Southern charm and Cajun touches amid nautical décor, expanding South Florida locations, including at 147 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, and 2019 N. University Drive, Sunrise, hours vary by location, CraftyCrabRestaurant.com

High Dive, high-quality seafood from owners of Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, in former club space at Rosemary Square with ample alfresco seating, nightly dinner and eventual lunch, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Unit 236, West Palm Beach, HighDiveWestPalm.com

Just Salad, New York City-based fast-casual chain serving salads, wraps and bowls for lunch and dinner daily, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, and 1050 NW 14th St., Miami, JustSalad.com

La Boulangerie Boul'Mich, artisan French bakery with Latin twist for three meals daily, part of Miami-based mini chain with bistro seating near Williams-Sonoma in Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, LaBoulangerieUsa.com

Rex Baron, second location of avant-garde post-apocalyptic themed original, Mad Rex, in Philadelphia with vigilante art exhibits, virtual reality lounge, late-night live entertainment ​and modern American lunch and dinner daily in Nordstrom wing of Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-447-6993, TheRexBaron.com

Legends Tavern & Grille, Broward County gastropub chain offering traditional bar bites and New American fare for daily lunch and dinner and weekend brunch, 10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach, LegendsTavernAndGrille.com

Naked Taco, celebrity chef Ralph Pagano’s Mexican eatery serving lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch in Day of the Dead setting, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Road, Suite D103, Coconut Creek, LoveNakedTaco.com

Nick’s Bar and Grill, reopening after yearlong renovation of landmark 40-year-old eatery serving New England-style seafood in laid-back, Old Florida atmosphere, 1214 N. Boardwalk, Hollywood Beach, Facebook.com

Press & Grind Café, second location of juicery, coffee bar and sandwich shop in laid-back setting with communal tables, lounge areas, artisan light fixtures, lush foliage and free Wi-Fi, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 1300 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, PressandGrindCafe.com

Rivertail, upscale waterfront oyster bar and fish house by acclaimed chef Jose Mendin in former Briny Irish Pub on Riverwalk beside The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, RiverTailFtl.com

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, food hall across from FAT Village boasting 14 culinary stalls with anchor Khoffner Brewery’s German-style lagers and ales, plus a retail co-op with 10 arts-and-craft vendors, live-music stage and karaoke rooms, 115 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-329-2551, SistrunkMarketplace.com

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, hybrid fast-casual, tropical-themed eatery paired with resort-wear shop, 740 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, and 150 N. Pointe Drive, Dania Beach, TommyBahama.com

Biscayne Backyard Barbecue, Florida-style fare with family friendly backyard vibe amid bright colors, palm fronds and photographs of South Florida from the 1950s to 1970s, lunch and dinner daily except Mondays, 11064 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 305-892-2435, BiscayneBackyardBarbecue.com

Dalia, Mediterranean-style eatery with retro mid-century modern vibe flowing into lobby and courtyard of new Celino South Beach, three meals a day, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com

Mia Cucina Italiana, contemporary Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in bright, modern setting with Old World aesthetic in new Celino South Beach, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com


Gastropub chain Legends Tavern and Grille grows into Pompano Beach

Father and son founders are opening this fourth location of their Broward County mini chain around mid-December in the former Pizza Moda.

“We’re excited to share the new direction,” says Jess Louis, partner with his father, Russel. “Our vision for this restaurant is a more contemporary gastropub concept, which patrons will see through our progressive design both indoors and outdoors. One major change will be the use of our expanded outdoor terrace area, which will have a mix of high tops and tables.

“Additionally, our menu will also change in that we will be scaling it down to focus on perfecting our signature dishes that our clientele has grown to love and elevating those items to create a memorable dining experience.”

Some of those New American gastropub signatures include the buffalo chicken dip ($9.99), brie and bacon burger ($13.99), Havana sandwich ($13.99), prosciutto and brie melt ($13.99) and fish and chips ($13.99).

“When we started Legends 10 years ago, I was only 21 years old,” Jess Louis says, referring to the original Sunrise location. “We’ve certainly come a long way in terms of elevating our menus, identifying trends within the industry and the way people like to dine. For example, we have added more vegetarian-friendly dishes and are exploring vegan options, too.”

One of those is a plant-based entrée made with pea protein and shaped like chicken wings ($13.99 for 10 $25.99 for 20). Other new items debuting with the opening are pepperoni pizza wonton rolls ($10.99), barbecue shrimp with Cajun lemon butter sauce ($11.99) and Tuscan chicken cutlet sandwich ($13.99).

In addition to a dozen draft beers, cocktail highlights include the cucumber cooler with gin, elderflower liqueur and lime juice ($8) and a blood-orange old fashioned ($9).

“We feel it is an exciting time for Pompano Beach in terms of how much it has progressed with new, small businesses and restaurant openings,” Louis says. “The city is very up-and-coming. We are always evaluating the tri-county area to see where we can expand. As of now, the Palm Beach area is of interest, particularly Lake Worth, Boynton, Jupiter and Wellington.”

But for now, the focus is on their Pompano addition, which features a neutral color palette and alfresco seating on a large, covered patio. Neutral colors can also be found on the paved front walkway, which is accented by umbrellas and bistro lights.

“The restaurant is close to a busy marina, so there will be some artwork that will pay homage to the yachting community,“ he says. “A major element will be the garage door that will give access to the indoor-outdoor bar area.”

Daily lunch and dinner will be served, as will weekend brunch.

Recently opened

Kasai & Koori, Asian-inspired dessert bar serving delicacies with North American twist amid artistic and cozy atmosphere in Canyon Town Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 8784 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., #104, Boynton Beach, 561-336-2211, KasaiAndKoori.com

Sassafras, Southern cuisine and vegetarian options from owners of Dada, Dubliner and Kapow Noodle Bar, nightly dinner and eventual weekend brunch amid open kitchen, 105 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-323-7007, Facebook.com/sassafraswpb

The Baked Bear, first Florida outpost of San Diego-based chain with handcrafted mix-and-match ice-cream sandwiches with original cookie and ice cream flavors, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 2604 Sawgrass Mills Circle, #1125, Sunrise, 954-686-2909, TheBakedBear.com

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, riverfront entertainment hub with five fast-casual food vendors and cocktail bar amid alfresco communal tables and patio furniture on Astroturf with music stage at former Las Olas Riverfront complex, open noon until late night Friday through Sunday, sister location to open-air lounge The Wharf Miami, 40 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-372-7606, WharfFtl.com

YOT Bar & Kitchen, nautical chic American bistro with beach color palette, marina views and dock, lunch and dinner daily plus weekend brunch, Lauderdale Marine Center, 2015 SW 20th St., 954-953-9000, Yotlmc.com

Dc Pie Co, second location of Denver original, brick-oven pizza for lunch and dinner daily amid rustic casual atmosphere with specialty cocktails at Dom´s Bar next door, 1010 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-453-6888, DcPieCo.com

Hutong, second U.S. location with contemporary northern Chinese cuisine for lunch and nightly daily, plus weekend brunch, amid chic, elegant décor with traditional Chinese elements, such as 70-foot long wall of hand-carved Chinese wood doors, contrasted by vivid pop-art colors, 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-388-0805, Hutong-Miami.com

La Fontana Steakhouse, traditional Italian cuisine with Latin twist for lunch and dinner daily amid traditional dark steakhouse vibe with modern accents, 4285 NW 107 Ave., Doral, 786-409-4793, LaFontanaSteakhouse.com

Mama Joon, vegetarian-forward, Lebanese-centric home-style Mediterranean cuisine for three meals a day amid handwoven tapestries and patio overlooking canal at Life House, Collins Park hotel, 2216 Park Ave., Miami Beach, 786-460-1685, LifeHouseHotels.com

Navé, seafood-centric Italian cuisine with coastal Mediterranean spirit for dinner nightly by chefs Michael Beltran and Justin Flit, next to Beltran’s acclaimed restaurant, Ariete, with marble raw bar and glass-enclosed pasta-making room, 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, 786-615-3747, NaveMiami.com

Omakai Sushi, traditional Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in heart of Wynwood with Japanese modern-style décor accented by vintage lighting and Wynwood mural, 2107 NW Second Ave., Miami, OmakaiSushi.com

Orilla, South American Patagonian cuisine for dinner nightly except Sundays with daily lunch and Sunday dinner launching Dec. 2, second location of original in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Urbanica The Euclid Hotel, 426 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8806, UrbanicaTheHotels.com

Seawell Fish N' Oyster, American seafood cuisine for nightly dinner and weekend brunch amid nautical chic yet rustic atmosphere in historic Art Deco building with patio and alfresco lounge in North of Fifth neighborhood, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 786-594-5820, SeawellMiami.com

Coming soon

The Halal Guys, third South Florida location of national chain offering Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare that sprang from New York City street cart, lunch and dinner daily amid sleek setting with red and yellow hues and steel accents, 6326 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, TheHalalGuys.com

Copperfish Kitchen, global-inspired seafood cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch amid modern, trendy ambiance with copper fish and navy blue accents in former Uncle Tai’s in Boca Center, 5250 Town Circle Drive, #143, Boca Raton, 561-391-3474, CopperfishKitchen.com

Crafty Crab, national chain based in Orange Park, Fla., offering home-style seafood with Southern charm and Cajun touches amid nautical décor, expanding South Florida locations, including at 147 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, and 2019 N. University Drive, Sunrise, hours vary by location, CraftyCrabRestaurant.com

High Dive, high-quality seafood from owners of Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, in former club space at Rosemary Square with ample alfresco seating, nightly dinner and eventual lunch, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Unit 236, West Palm Beach, HighDiveWestPalm.com

Just Salad, New York City-based fast-casual chain serving salads, wraps and bowls for lunch and dinner daily, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, and 1050 NW 14th St., Miami, JustSalad.com

La Boulangerie Boul'Mich, artisan French bakery with Latin twist for three meals daily, part of Miami-based mini chain with bistro seating near Williams-Sonoma in Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, LaBoulangerieUsa.com

Rex Baron, second location of avant-garde post-apocalyptic themed original, Mad Rex, in Philadelphia with vigilante art exhibits, virtual reality lounge, late-night live entertainment ​and modern American lunch and dinner daily in Nordstrom wing of Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-447-6993, TheRexBaron.com

Legends Tavern & Grille, Broward County gastropub chain offering traditional bar bites and New American fare for daily lunch and dinner and weekend brunch, 10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach, LegendsTavernAndGrille.com

Naked Taco, celebrity chef Ralph Pagano’s Mexican eatery serving lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch in Day of the Dead setting, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Road, Suite D103, Coconut Creek, LoveNakedTaco.com

Nick’s Bar and Grill, reopening after yearlong renovation of landmark 40-year-old eatery serving New England-style seafood in laid-back, Old Florida atmosphere, 1214 N. Boardwalk, Hollywood Beach, Facebook.com

Press & Grind Café, second location of juicery, coffee bar and sandwich shop in laid-back setting with communal tables, lounge areas, artisan light fixtures, lush foliage and free Wi-Fi, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 1300 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, PressandGrindCafe.com

Rivertail, upscale waterfront oyster bar and fish house by acclaimed chef Jose Mendin in former Briny Irish Pub on Riverwalk beside The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, RiverTailFtl.com

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, food hall across from FAT Village boasting 14 culinary stalls with anchor Khoffner Brewery’s German-style lagers and ales, plus a retail co-op with 10 arts-and-craft vendors, live-music stage and karaoke rooms, 115 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-329-2551, SistrunkMarketplace.com

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, hybrid fast-casual, tropical-themed eatery paired with resort-wear shop, 740 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, and 150 N. Pointe Drive, Dania Beach, TommyBahama.com

Biscayne Backyard Barbecue, Florida-style fare with family friendly backyard vibe amid bright colors, palm fronds and photographs of South Florida from the 1950s to 1970s, lunch and dinner daily except Mondays, 11064 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 305-892-2435, BiscayneBackyardBarbecue.com

Dalia, Mediterranean-style eatery with retro mid-century modern vibe flowing into lobby and courtyard of new Celino South Beach, three meals a day, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com

Mia Cucina Italiana, contemporary Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in bright, modern setting with Old World aesthetic in new Celino South Beach, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com


Gastropub chain Legends Tavern and Grille grows into Pompano Beach

Father and son founders are opening this fourth location of their Broward County mini chain around mid-December in the former Pizza Moda.

“We’re excited to share the new direction,” says Jess Louis, partner with his father, Russel. “Our vision for this restaurant is a more contemporary gastropub concept, which patrons will see through our progressive design both indoors and outdoors. One major change will be the use of our expanded outdoor terrace area, which will have a mix of high tops and tables.

“Additionally, our menu will also change in that we will be scaling it down to focus on perfecting our signature dishes that our clientele has grown to love and elevating those items to create a memorable dining experience.”

Some of those New American gastropub signatures include the buffalo chicken dip ($9.99), brie and bacon burger ($13.99), Havana sandwich ($13.99), prosciutto and brie melt ($13.99) and fish and chips ($13.99).

“When we started Legends 10 years ago, I was only 21 years old,” Jess Louis says, referring to the original Sunrise location. “We’ve certainly come a long way in terms of elevating our menus, identifying trends within the industry and the way people like to dine. For example, we have added more vegetarian-friendly dishes and are exploring vegan options, too.”

One of those is a plant-based entrée made with pea protein and shaped like chicken wings ($13.99 for 10 $25.99 for 20). Other new items debuting with the opening are pepperoni pizza wonton rolls ($10.99), barbecue shrimp with Cajun lemon butter sauce ($11.99) and Tuscan chicken cutlet sandwich ($13.99).

In addition to a dozen draft beers, cocktail highlights include the cucumber cooler with gin, elderflower liqueur and lime juice ($8) and a blood-orange old fashioned ($9).

“We feel it is an exciting time for Pompano Beach in terms of how much it has progressed with new, small businesses and restaurant openings,” Louis says. “The city is very up-and-coming. We are always evaluating the tri-county area to see where we can expand. As of now, the Palm Beach area is of interest, particularly Lake Worth, Boynton, Jupiter and Wellington.”

But for now, the focus is on their Pompano addition, which features a neutral color palette and alfresco seating on a large, covered patio. Neutral colors can also be found on the paved front walkway, which is accented by umbrellas and bistro lights.

“The restaurant is close to a busy marina, so there will be some artwork that will pay homage to the yachting community,“ he says. “A major element will be the garage door that will give access to the indoor-outdoor bar area.”

Daily lunch and dinner will be served, as will weekend brunch.

Recently opened

Kasai & Koori, Asian-inspired dessert bar serving delicacies with North American twist amid artistic and cozy atmosphere in Canyon Town Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 8784 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., #104, Boynton Beach, 561-336-2211, KasaiAndKoori.com

Sassafras, Southern cuisine and vegetarian options from owners of Dada, Dubliner and Kapow Noodle Bar, nightly dinner and eventual weekend brunch amid open kitchen, 105 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-323-7007, Facebook.com/sassafraswpb

The Baked Bear, first Florida outpost of San Diego-based chain with handcrafted mix-and-match ice-cream sandwiches with original cookie and ice cream flavors, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 2604 Sawgrass Mills Circle, #1125, Sunrise, 954-686-2909, TheBakedBear.com

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, riverfront entertainment hub with five fast-casual food vendors and cocktail bar amid alfresco communal tables and patio furniture on Astroturf with music stage at former Las Olas Riverfront complex, open noon until late night Friday through Sunday, sister location to open-air lounge The Wharf Miami, 40 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-372-7606, WharfFtl.com

YOT Bar & Kitchen, nautical chic American bistro with beach color palette, marina views and dock, lunch and dinner daily plus weekend brunch, Lauderdale Marine Center, 2015 SW 20th St., 954-953-9000, Yotlmc.com

Dc Pie Co, second location of Denver original, brick-oven pizza for lunch and dinner daily amid rustic casual atmosphere with specialty cocktails at Dom´s Bar next door, 1010 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-453-6888, DcPieCo.com

Hutong, second U.S. location with contemporary northern Chinese cuisine for lunch and nightly daily, plus weekend brunch, amid chic, elegant décor with traditional Chinese elements, such as 70-foot long wall of hand-carved Chinese wood doors, contrasted by vivid pop-art colors, 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-388-0805, Hutong-Miami.com

La Fontana Steakhouse, traditional Italian cuisine with Latin twist for lunch and dinner daily amid traditional dark steakhouse vibe with modern accents, 4285 NW 107 Ave., Doral, 786-409-4793, LaFontanaSteakhouse.com

Mama Joon, vegetarian-forward, Lebanese-centric home-style Mediterranean cuisine for three meals a day amid handwoven tapestries and patio overlooking canal at Life House, Collins Park hotel, 2216 Park Ave., Miami Beach, 786-460-1685, LifeHouseHotels.com

Navé, seafood-centric Italian cuisine with coastal Mediterranean spirit for dinner nightly by chefs Michael Beltran and Justin Flit, next to Beltran’s acclaimed restaurant, Ariete, with marble raw bar and glass-enclosed pasta-making room, 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, 786-615-3747, NaveMiami.com

Omakai Sushi, traditional Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in heart of Wynwood with Japanese modern-style décor accented by vintage lighting and Wynwood mural, 2107 NW Second Ave., Miami, OmakaiSushi.com

Orilla, South American Patagonian cuisine for dinner nightly except Sundays with daily lunch and Sunday dinner launching Dec. 2, second location of original in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Urbanica The Euclid Hotel, 426 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8806, UrbanicaTheHotels.com

Seawell Fish N' Oyster, American seafood cuisine for nightly dinner and weekend brunch amid nautical chic yet rustic atmosphere in historic Art Deco building with patio and alfresco lounge in North of Fifth neighborhood, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 786-594-5820, SeawellMiami.com

Coming soon

The Halal Guys, third South Florida location of national chain offering Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare that sprang from New York City street cart, lunch and dinner daily amid sleek setting with red and yellow hues and steel accents, 6326 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, TheHalalGuys.com

Copperfish Kitchen, global-inspired seafood cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch amid modern, trendy ambiance with copper fish and navy blue accents in former Uncle Tai’s in Boca Center, 5250 Town Circle Drive, #143, Boca Raton, 561-391-3474, CopperfishKitchen.com

Crafty Crab, national chain based in Orange Park, Fla., offering home-style seafood with Southern charm and Cajun touches amid nautical décor, expanding South Florida locations, including at 147 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, and 2019 N. University Drive, Sunrise, hours vary by location, CraftyCrabRestaurant.com

High Dive, high-quality seafood from owners of Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, in former club space at Rosemary Square with ample alfresco seating, nightly dinner and eventual lunch, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Unit 236, West Palm Beach, HighDiveWestPalm.com

Just Salad, New York City-based fast-casual chain serving salads, wraps and bowls for lunch and dinner daily, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, and 1050 NW 14th St., Miami, JustSalad.com

La Boulangerie Boul'Mich, artisan French bakery with Latin twist for three meals daily, part of Miami-based mini chain with bistro seating near Williams-Sonoma in Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, LaBoulangerieUsa.com

Rex Baron, second location of avant-garde post-apocalyptic themed original, Mad Rex, in Philadelphia with vigilante art exhibits, virtual reality lounge, late-night live entertainment ​and modern American lunch and dinner daily in Nordstrom wing of Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-447-6993, TheRexBaron.com

Legends Tavern & Grille, Broward County gastropub chain offering traditional bar bites and New American fare for daily lunch and dinner and weekend brunch, 10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach, LegendsTavernAndGrille.com

Naked Taco, celebrity chef Ralph Pagano’s Mexican eatery serving lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch in Day of the Dead setting, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Road, Suite D103, Coconut Creek, LoveNakedTaco.com

Nick’s Bar and Grill, reopening after yearlong renovation of landmark 40-year-old eatery serving New England-style seafood in laid-back, Old Florida atmosphere, 1214 N. Boardwalk, Hollywood Beach, Facebook.com

Press & Grind Café, second location of juicery, coffee bar and sandwich shop in laid-back setting with communal tables, lounge areas, artisan light fixtures, lush foliage and free Wi-Fi, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 1300 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, PressandGrindCafe.com

Rivertail, upscale waterfront oyster bar and fish house by acclaimed chef Jose Mendin in former Briny Irish Pub on Riverwalk beside The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, RiverTailFtl.com

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, food hall across from FAT Village boasting 14 culinary stalls with anchor Khoffner Brewery’s German-style lagers and ales, plus a retail co-op with 10 arts-and-craft vendors, live-music stage and karaoke rooms, 115 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-329-2551, SistrunkMarketplace.com

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, hybrid fast-casual, tropical-themed eatery paired with resort-wear shop, 740 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, and 150 N. Pointe Drive, Dania Beach, TommyBahama.com

Biscayne Backyard Barbecue, Florida-style fare with family friendly backyard vibe amid bright colors, palm fronds and photographs of South Florida from the 1950s to 1970s, lunch and dinner daily except Mondays, 11064 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 305-892-2435, BiscayneBackyardBarbecue.com

Dalia, Mediterranean-style eatery with retro mid-century modern vibe flowing into lobby and courtyard of new Celino South Beach, three meals a day, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com

Mia Cucina Italiana, contemporary Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in bright, modern setting with Old World aesthetic in new Celino South Beach, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com


Gastropub chain Legends Tavern and Grille grows into Pompano Beach

Father and son founders are opening this fourth location of their Broward County mini chain around mid-December in the former Pizza Moda.

“We’re excited to share the new direction,” says Jess Louis, partner with his father, Russel. “Our vision for this restaurant is a more contemporary gastropub concept, which patrons will see through our progressive design both indoors and outdoors. One major change will be the use of our expanded outdoor terrace area, which will have a mix of high tops and tables.

“Additionally, our menu will also change in that we will be scaling it down to focus on perfecting our signature dishes that our clientele has grown to love and elevating those items to create a memorable dining experience.”

Some of those New American gastropub signatures include the buffalo chicken dip ($9.99), brie and bacon burger ($13.99), Havana sandwich ($13.99), prosciutto and brie melt ($13.99) and fish and chips ($13.99).

“When we started Legends 10 years ago, I was only 21 years old,” Jess Louis says, referring to the original Sunrise location. “We’ve certainly come a long way in terms of elevating our menus, identifying trends within the industry and the way people like to dine. For example, we have added more vegetarian-friendly dishes and are exploring vegan options, too.”

One of those is a plant-based entrée made with pea protein and shaped like chicken wings ($13.99 for 10 $25.99 for 20). Other new items debuting with the opening are pepperoni pizza wonton rolls ($10.99), barbecue shrimp with Cajun lemon butter sauce ($11.99) and Tuscan chicken cutlet sandwich ($13.99).

In addition to a dozen draft beers, cocktail highlights include the cucumber cooler with gin, elderflower liqueur and lime juice ($8) and a blood-orange old fashioned ($9).

“We feel it is an exciting time for Pompano Beach in terms of how much it has progressed with new, small businesses and restaurant openings,” Louis says. “The city is very up-and-coming. We are always evaluating the tri-county area to see where we can expand. As of now, the Palm Beach area is of interest, particularly Lake Worth, Boynton, Jupiter and Wellington.”

But for now, the focus is on their Pompano addition, which features a neutral color palette and alfresco seating on a large, covered patio. Neutral colors can also be found on the paved front walkway, which is accented by umbrellas and bistro lights.

“The restaurant is close to a busy marina, so there will be some artwork that will pay homage to the yachting community,“ he says. “A major element will be the garage door that will give access to the indoor-outdoor bar area.”

Daily lunch and dinner will be served, as will weekend brunch.

Recently opened

Kasai & Koori, Asian-inspired dessert bar serving delicacies with North American twist amid artistic and cozy atmosphere in Canyon Town Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 8784 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., #104, Boynton Beach, 561-336-2211, KasaiAndKoori.com

Sassafras, Southern cuisine and vegetarian options from owners of Dada, Dubliner and Kapow Noodle Bar, nightly dinner and eventual weekend brunch amid open kitchen, 105 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-323-7007, Facebook.com/sassafraswpb

The Baked Bear, first Florida outpost of San Diego-based chain with handcrafted mix-and-match ice-cream sandwiches with original cookie and ice cream flavors, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 2604 Sawgrass Mills Circle, #1125, Sunrise, 954-686-2909, TheBakedBear.com

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, riverfront entertainment hub with five fast-casual food vendors and cocktail bar amid alfresco communal tables and patio furniture on Astroturf with music stage at former Las Olas Riverfront complex, open noon until late night Friday through Sunday, sister location to open-air lounge The Wharf Miami, 40 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-372-7606, WharfFtl.com

YOT Bar & Kitchen, nautical chic American bistro with beach color palette, marina views and dock, lunch and dinner daily plus weekend brunch, Lauderdale Marine Center, 2015 SW 20th St., 954-953-9000, Yotlmc.com

Dc Pie Co, second location of Denver original, brick-oven pizza for lunch and dinner daily amid rustic casual atmosphere with specialty cocktails at Dom´s Bar next door, 1010 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-453-6888, DcPieCo.com

Hutong, second U.S. location with contemporary northern Chinese cuisine for lunch and nightly daily, plus weekend brunch, amid chic, elegant décor with traditional Chinese elements, such as 70-foot long wall of hand-carved Chinese wood doors, contrasted by vivid pop-art colors, 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-388-0805, Hutong-Miami.com

La Fontana Steakhouse, traditional Italian cuisine with Latin twist for lunch and dinner daily amid traditional dark steakhouse vibe with modern accents, 4285 NW 107 Ave., Doral, 786-409-4793, LaFontanaSteakhouse.com

Mama Joon, vegetarian-forward, Lebanese-centric home-style Mediterranean cuisine for three meals a day amid handwoven tapestries and patio overlooking canal at Life House, Collins Park hotel, 2216 Park Ave., Miami Beach, 786-460-1685, LifeHouseHotels.com

Navé, seafood-centric Italian cuisine with coastal Mediterranean spirit for dinner nightly by chefs Michael Beltran and Justin Flit, next to Beltran’s acclaimed restaurant, Ariete, with marble raw bar and glass-enclosed pasta-making room, 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, 786-615-3747, NaveMiami.com

Omakai Sushi, traditional Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in heart of Wynwood with Japanese modern-style décor accented by vintage lighting and Wynwood mural, 2107 NW Second Ave., Miami, OmakaiSushi.com

Orilla, South American Patagonian cuisine for dinner nightly except Sundays with daily lunch and Sunday dinner launching Dec. 2, second location of original in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Urbanica The Euclid Hotel, 426 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8806, UrbanicaTheHotels.com

Seawell Fish N' Oyster, American seafood cuisine for nightly dinner and weekend brunch amid nautical chic yet rustic atmosphere in historic Art Deco building with patio and alfresco lounge in North of Fifth neighborhood, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 786-594-5820, SeawellMiami.com

Coming soon

The Halal Guys, third South Florida location of national chain offering Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare that sprang from New York City street cart, lunch and dinner daily amid sleek setting with red and yellow hues and steel accents, 6326 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, TheHalalGuys.com

Copperfish Kitchen, global-inspired seafood cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch amid modern, trendy ambiance with copper fish and navy blue accents in former Uncle Tai’s in Boca Center, 5250 Town Circle Drive, #143, Boca Raton, 561-391-3474, CopperfishKitchen.com

Crafty Crab, national chain based in Orange Park, Fla., offering home-style seafood with Southern charm and Cajun touches amid nautical décor, expanding South Florida locations, including at 147 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, and 2019 N. University Drive, Sunrise, hours vary by location, CraftyCrabRestaurant.com

High Dive, high-quality seafood from owners of Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, in former club space at Rosemary Square with ample alfresco seating, nightly dinner and eventual lunch, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Unit 236, West Palm Beach, HighDiveWestPalm.com

Just Salad, New York City-based fast-casual chain serving salads, wraps and bowls for lunch and dinner daily, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, and 1050 NW 14th St., Miami, JustSalad.com

La Boulangerie Boul'Mich, artisan French bakery with Latin twist for three meals daily, part of Miami-based mini chain with bistro seating near Williams-Sonoma in Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, LaBoulangerieUsa.com

Rex Baron, second location of avant-garde post-apocalyptic themed original, Mad Rex, in Philadelphia with vigilante art exhibits, virtual reality lounge, late-night live entertainment ​and modern American lunch and dinner daily in Nordstrom wing of Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-447-6993, TheRexBaron.com

Legends Tavern & Grille, Broward County gastropub chain offering traditional bar bites and New American fare for daily lunch and dinner and weekend brunch, 10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach, LegendsTavernAndGrille.com

Naked Taco, celebrity chef Ralph Pagano’s Mexican eatery serving lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch in Day of the Dead setting, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Road, Suite D103, Coconut Creek, LoveNakedTaco.com

Nick’s Bar and Grill, reopening after yearlong renovation of landmark 40-year-old eatery serving New England-style seafood in laid-back, Old Florida atmosphere, 1214 N. Boardwalk, Hollywood Beach, Facebook.com

Press & Grind Café, second location of juicery, coffee bar and sandwich shop in laid-back setting with communal tables, lounge areas, artisan light fixtures, lush foliage and free Wi-Fi, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 1300 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, PressandGrindCafe.com

Rivertail, upscale waterfront oyster bar and fish house by acclaimed chef Jose Mendin in former Briny Irish Pub on Riverwalk beside The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, RiverTailFtl.com

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, food hall across from FAT Village boasting 14 culinary stalls with anchor Khoffner Brewery’s German-style lagers and ales, plus a retail co-op with 10 arts-and-craft vendors, live-music stage and karaoke rooms, 115 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-329-2551, SistrunkMarketplace.com

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, hybrid fast-casual, tropical-themed eatery paired with resort-wear shop, 740 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, and 150 N. Pointe Drive, Dania Beach, TommyBahama.com

Biscayne Backyard Barbecue, Florida-style fare with family friendly backyard vibe amid bright colors, palm fronds and photographs of South Florida from the 1950s to 1970s, lunch and dinner daily except Mondays, 11064 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 305-892-2435, BiscayneBackyardBarbecue.com

Dalia, Mediterranean-style eatery with retro mid-century modern vibe flowing into lobby and courtyard of new Celino South Beach, three meals a day, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com

Mia Cucina Italiana, contemporary Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in bright, modern setting with Old World aesthetic in new Celino South Beach, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com


Gastropub chain Legends Tavern and Grille grows into Pompano Beach

Father and son founders are opening this fourth location of their Broward County mini chain around mid-December in the former Pizza Moda.

“We’re excited to share the new direction,” says Jess Louis, partner with his father, Russel. “Our vision for this restaurant is a more contemporary gastropub concept, which patrons will see through our progressive design both indoors and outdoors. One major change will be the use of our expanded outdoor terrace area, which will have a mix of high tops and tables.

“Additionally, our menu will also change in that we will be scaling it down to focus on perfecting our signature dishes that our clientele has grown to love and elevating those items to create a memorable dining experience.”

Some of those New American gastropub signatures include the buffalo chicken dip ($9.99), brie and bacon burger ($13.99), Havana sandwich ($13.99), prosciutto and brie melt ($13.99) and fish and chips ($13.99).

“When we started Legends 10 years ago, I was only 21 years old,” Jess Louis says, referring to the original Sunrise location. “We’ve certainly come a long way in terms of elevating our menus, identifying trends within the industry and the way people like to dine. For example, we have added more vegetarian-friendly dishes and are exploring vegan options, too.”

One of those is a plant-based entrée made with pea protein and shaped like chicken wings ($13.99 for 10 $25.99 for 20). Other new items debuting with the opening are pepperoni pizza wonton rolls ($10.99), barbecue shrimp with Cajun lemon butter sauce ($11.99) and Tuscan chicken cutlet sandwich ($13.99).

In addition to a dozen draft beers, cocktail highlights include the cucumber cooler with gin, elderflower liqueur and lime juice ($8) and a blood-orange old fashioned ($9).

“We feel it is an exciting time for Pompano Beach in terms of how much it has progressed with new, small businesses and restaurant openings,” Louis says. “The city is very up-and-coming. We are always evaluating the tri-county area to see where we can expand. As of now, the Palm Beach area is of interest, particularly Lake Worth, Boynton, Jupiter and Wellington.”

But for now, the focus is on their Pompano addition, which features a neutral color palette and alfresco seating on a large, covered patio. Neutral colors can also be found on the paved front walkway, which is accented by umbrellas and bistro lights.

“The restaurant is close to a busy marina, so there will be some artwork that will pay homage to the yachting community,“ he says. “A major element will be the garage door that will give access to the indoor-outdoor bar area.”

Daily lunch and dinner will be served, as will weekend brunch.

Recently opened

Kasai & Koori, Asian-inspired dessert bar serving delicacies with North American twist amid artistic and cozy atmosphere in Canyon Town Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 8784 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., #104, Boynton Beach, 561-336-2211, KasaiAndKoori.com

Sassafras, Southern cuisine and vegetarian options from owners of Dada, Dubliner and Kapow Noodle Bar, nightly dinner and eventual weekend brunch amid open kitchen, 105 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-323-7007, Facebook.com/sassafraswpb

The Baked Bear, first Florida outpost of San Diego-based chain with handcrafted mix-and-match ice-cream sandwiches with original cookie and ice cream flavors, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, 2604 Sawgrass Mills Circle, #1125, Sunrise, 954-686-2909, TheBakedBear.com

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, riverfront entertainment hub with five fast-casual food vendors and cocktail bar amid alfresco communal tables and patio furniture on Astroturf with music stage at former Las Olas Riverfront complex, open noon until late night Friday through Sunday, sister location to open-air lounge The Wharf Miami, 40 E. Las Olas Blvd., 954-372-7606, WharfFtl.com

YOT Bar & Kitchen, nautical chic American bistro with beach color palette, marina views and dock, lunch and dinner daily plus weekend brunch, Lauderdale Marine Center, 2015 SW 20th St., 954-953-9000, Yotlmc.com

Dc Pie Co, second location of Denver original, brick-oven pizza for lunch and dinner daily amid rustic casual atmosphere with specialty cocktails at Dom´s Bar next door, 1010 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-453-6888, DcPieCo.com

Hutong, second U.S. location with contemporary northern Chinese cuisine for lunch and nightly daily, plus weekend brunch, amid chic, elegant décor with traditional Chinese elements, such as 70-foot long wall of hand-carved Chinese wood doors, contrasted by vivid pop-art colors, 600 Brickell Ave., Miami, 786-388-0805, Hutong-Miami.com

La Fontana Steakhouse, traditional Italian cuisine with Latin twist for lunch and dinner daily amid traditional dark steakhouse vibe with modern accents, 4285 NW 107 Ave., Doral, 786-409-4793, LaFontanaSteakhouse.com

Mama Joon, vegetarian-forward, Lebanese-centric home-style Mediterranean cuisine for three meals a day amid handwoven tapestries and patio overlooking canal at Life House, Collins Park hotel, 2216 Park Ave., Miami Beach, 786-460-1685, LifeHouseHotels.com

Navé, seafood-centric Italian cuisine with coastal Mediterranean spirit for dinner nightly by chefs Michael Beltran and Justin Flit, next to Beltran’s acclaimed restaurant, Ariete, with marble raw bar and glass-enclosed pasta-making room, 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, 786-615-3747, NaveMiami.com

Omakai Sushi, traditional Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in heart of Wynwood with Japanese modern-style décor accented by vintage lighting and Wynwood mural, 2107 NW Second Ave., Miami, OmakaiSushi.com

Orilla, South American Patagonian cuisine for dinner nightly except Sundays with daily lunch and Sunday dinner launching Dec. 2, second location of original in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Urbanica The Euclid Hotel, 426 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8806, UrbanicaTheHotels.com

Seawell Fish N' Oyster, American seafood cuisine for nightly dinner and weekend brunch amid nautical chic yet rustic atmosphere in historic Art Deco building with patio and alfresco lounge in North of Fifth neighborhood, 660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 786-594-5820, SeawellMiami.com

Coming soon

The Halal Guys, third South Florida location of national chain offering Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare that sprang from New York City street cart, lunch and dinner daily amid sleek setting with red and yellow hues and steel accents, 6326 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, TheHalalGuys.com

Copperfish Kitchen, global-inspired seafood cuisine for lunch and dinner daily, plus weekend brunch amid modern, trendy ambiance with copper fish and navy blue accents in former Uncle Tai’s in Boca Center, 5250 Town Circle Drive, #143, Boca Raton, 561-391-3474, CopperfishKitchen.com

Crafty Crab, national chain based in Orange Park, Fla., offering home-style seafood with Southern charm and Cajun touches amid nautical décor, expanding South Florida locations, including at 147 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, and 2019 N. University Drive, Sunrise, hours vary by location, CraftyCrabRestaurant.com

High Dive, high-quality seafood from owners of Oceano Kitchen in Lantana, in former club space at Rosemary Square with ample alfresco seating, nightly dinner and eventual lunch, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., Unit 236, West Palm Beach, HighDiveWestPalm.com

Just Salad, New York City-based fast-casual chain serving salads, wraps and bowls for lunch and dinner daily, 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, and 1050 NW 14th St., Miami, JustSalad.com

La Boulangerie Boul'Mich, artisan French bakery with Latin twist for three meals daily, part of Miami-based mini chain with bistro seating near Williams-Sonoma in Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, LaBoulangerieUsa.com

Rex Baron, second location of avant-garde post-apocalyptic themed original, Mad Rex, in Philadelphia with vigilante art exhibits, virtual reality lounge, late-night live entertainment ​and modern American lunch and dinner daily in Nordstrom wing of Town Center at Boca Raton mall, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-447-6993, TheRexBaron.com

Legends Tavern & Grille, Broward County gastropub chain offering traditional bar bites and New American fare for daily lunch and dinner and weekend brunch, 10 SW Sixth St., Pompano Beach, LegendsTavernAndGrille.com

Naked Taco, celebrity chef Ralph Pagano’s Mexican eatery serving lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch in Day of the Dead setting, Promenade at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Road, Suite D103, Coconut Creek, LoveNakedTaco.com

Nick’s Bar and Grill, reopening after yearlong renovation of landmark 40-year-old eatery serving New England-style seafood in laid-back, Old Florida atmosphere, 1214 N. Boardwalk, Hollywood Beach, Facebook.com

Press & Grind Café, second location of juicery, coffee bar and sandwich shop in laid-back setting with communal tables, lounge areas, artisan light fixtures, lush foliage and free Wi-Fi, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 1300 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, PressandGrindCafe.com

Rivertail, upscale waterfront oyster bar and fish house by acclaimed chef Jose Mendin in former Briny Irish Pub on Riverwalk beside The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, 305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, RiverTailFtl.com

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, food hall across from FAT Village boasting 14 culinary stalls with anchor Khoffner Brewery’s German-style lagers and ales, plus a retail co-op with 10 arts-and-craft vendors, live-music stage and karaoke rooms, 115 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-329-2551, SistrunkMarketplace.com

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, hybrid fast-casual, tropical-themed eatery paired with resort-wear shop, 740 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, and 150 N. Pointe Drive, Dania Beach, TommyBahama.com

Biscayne Backyard Barbecue, Florida-style fare with family friendly backyard vibe amid bright colors, palm fronds and photographs of South Florida from the 1950s to 1970s, lunch and dinner daily except Mondays, 11064 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, 305-892-2435, BiscayneBackyardBarbecue.com

Dalia, Mediterranean-style eatery with retro mid-century modern vibe flowing into lobby and courtyard of new Celino South Beach, three meals a day, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com

Mia Cucina Italiana, contemporary Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner daily in bright, modern setting with Old World aesthetic in new Celino South Beach, 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-685-2000, TheCelinoHotel.com


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