Coming soon to Fort Lauderdale: Timpano Las Olas to reawaken, plus new Mazza Kitchen planned


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

Mazza Kitchen, Fort Lauderdale


This fast-casual eatery from Faris Bushnaq, owner of the 15-year-old Mazza Mediterranean Cuisine in Pembroke Pines, is expected to open by mid-September in Fort Lauderdale’s 1600 Commons plaza (where Trader Joe’s is located). Customers will be able to choose from proteins, as well as vegetarian and vegan options, to build their bowls, pitas and salads. 1530 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-630-3777;

Portside Breakfast & Lunch, West Palm Beach


This daytime diner-style restaurant registered to Francis Cecere Jr. and sons Phillip, Matthew and Francis III is scheduled to debut in early September in West Palm Beach’s Golden Lakes neighborhood. Along with breakfast combos with 8-ounce ribeyes and slow-roasted pork belly, the menu will feature french toast casserole and eight types of eggs benedict (salmon, Cajun shrimp). Lunch specials will include handhelds (shaved ribeye, Buffalo chicken), smash burgers and blue crab cakes. 8480 Okeechobee Blvd., Suite 7, West Palm Beach; 561-619-7172,

Timpano Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale

After sitting empty on Las Olas Boulevard for 30 months — since the pandemic’s outset — the eatery once called Timpano Italian Chophouse will be reborn this month, scheduled to emerge renamed and fully remodeled on Aug. 25. The 292-seat Timpano, under the helm of new chef Michael Ferraro (“Beat Bobby Flay,” “Bar Rescue”), has adopted a sleekly modernized Art Deco look and well-appointed speakeasy motifs from Orlando-based Tavistock Restaurant Collection (Abe & Louie’s in Boca Raton). Menu options will include Australian Wagyu Hanger Steak, Veal Chop Parmesan and Siberian Caviar, plus a favorite will return: roasted mussels. 450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale;

Ramen Lab Eatery, West Boca Raton

This Japanese izakaya chain plans to open its fourth outpost sometime later this summer, in West Boca Raton’s Mission Bay Plaza, replacing the former Rotelli. The noodle house will sport a different design than its counterparts in east Boca Raton, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach, with underground Tokyo vibes and an expanded menu of stir-fry and Wagyu steak dishes, along with its usual tapas, donburi and build-your-own ramen bowls (chicken, pork, spicy lemongrass tom yum). 20449 State Road 7, Boca Raton;

Greek Guys Souvlaki, Fort Lauderdale

This fast-casual eatery is coming from Ted Dranias, a Montreal-based restaurateur. Greek Guys Souvlaki is going into the space vacated by Monster Subs, and Dranias says it will be Greek fast-food and meals-to-go. Think moussaka, pastichio and grilled souvlaki, as well as chicken and vegetarian brochettes. 1978 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale


Ela Curry Kitchen, Palm Beach Gardens

After two years of global small plates at his Stage Kitchen & Bar, chef Pushkar Marathe (Ghee Indian Kitchen, 3030 Ocean) veers into traditional Indian entrees with Ela Curry Kitchen, expected to open in late August or September inside the Donald Ross Village plaza. The 65-seater, which Marathe is opening with Stage business partner Andrew Dugard, will serve a la carte Indian street food and thali-style entrees, in which small bowls of chutneys, naan, rice, lentils and protein are presented on a large platter. 4650 Donald Ross Road, Palm Beach Gardens; and

Harat’s Irish Pub, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

With just five out of its 38 menu items evoking the Emerald Isle, it’s probably best to describe Harat’s as a loosely Irish pub. (Think Twin Peaks but with shepherd’s pie.) Pub classics, instead, are far more common at this franchise run by Andrey and Dmitri Serebrianik and Yuri Denisenko, opening later this fall in the primo corner space at Commercial Boulevard and El Mar Drive, next door to Vinnie’s and Even Keel Fish Shack. Harat’s, a global franchise with many Eastern European locations — and one that opened on Hollywood’s Young Circle last spring — serves loaded fries, flatbread pizzas, burgers, Reuben sandwiches, and fish and chips. 100 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea;

Sixty Vines, Boca Raton


This Texas-born upscale chain, inspired by wine country and catering to wine lovers, is expected to debut in late August, from CEO Jeff Carcara and partners Jack Gibbons and Brad Leist. Sixty, which replaces a Brio Tuscan Grille at The Shops at Boca Center, expects to seat 355 with a wine-garden patio. The name refers to its 60 wines on tap, a sustainable measure meant to reduce waste and evoke the experience of drinking straight from barrels at vineyards. There will also be charcuterie plates, pizzas, Cabernet-infused burgers, pork chops and Atlantic salmon. 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton;

Chow Won Korean Steakhouse, Fort Lauderdale

Replacing a former Outback Steakhouse in Imperial Point, this Korean steakhouse registered to George Yuan is expected to debut this fall. Chow Won is from the same owner as Chow One in Pembroke Pines, which serves all-you-can-eat, cook-it-yourself Korean dishes. Dining tables are equipped with heating plates, and customers cook one of 24 proteins, ranging from pork belly and Cajun shrimp to beef bulgogi and curry chicken. They’re paired with sides cooked to order from the kitchen, including ramen, egg custard and seafood pancakes. Future locations are planned for Plantation, Tallahassee and Pensacola, plus Alpharetta, Ga. 6201 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale;

El Camino Mezcal and Tequila Bar, Boca Raton

The fiesta’s on its way to Boca Raton’s planned Restaurant Row, where the popular Mexican restaurant chain is expected to debut its fourth location this winter. El Camino will offer indoor and outdoor seating, along with Mexican beers and handcrafted margaritas. Other locations are in Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach. 5355 Town Center Road, Unit 4, Boca Raton;

Hof’s House of Sweets, Fort Lauderdale


The Las Olas storefront of Hoffman’s Chocolates has closed its doors, but this wonderland of confections will be reborn under a new name and branding — as Hof’s House of Sweets — this summer. The revival, planned for the end of August, only affects the Las Olas location, which will be transformed into a lounge serving local beer and wine, international sweets and treats, along with doughnuts and pastries. Hof’s, of course, will still carry chocolate made from its factory in Greenacres. 601 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-368-4320;

Blackbird, Jupiter

Expected to debut in early fall, this restaurant has an impressive ownership team behind it: restaurateurs Scott Frielich (SubCulture Group) and Angelo Abbenante (Lynora’s) as well as nightlife maestro Cleve Mash (Pawn Shop, Clematis Social) and executive chef Tim Nickey (Komodo, China Grill, Joe Namath’s Lucky Shuck). Taking the space vacated by Shipwreck Bar & Grille, the two-story eatery will have a view of the Jupiter Lighthouse and the Loxahatchee River. The design — evoking 1940s-era Shanghai — will be by Kat Solomon, who worked side by side with Venus Williams at V Starr in West Palm Beach. The Pan-Asian cuisine will have menu dishes such as smoked salmon with everything bagel ragoons; Shanghai soup dumplings; sweet and sour pork with pineapple and dragon fruit; Australian Wagyu tomahawk with truffle ponzu butter sauce; and Szechuan ribs inside a smoke-infused glass dome that will be removed tableside. 1511 N. Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter;

Henry’s Sandwich Station, Fort Lauderdale

After four years of artful sandwiches, bakery treats and housemade sodas in mural-splashed FAT Village, owner Marc Falsetto is moving Henry’s flagship storefront across the street to the Sistrunk Marketplace food hall, the CEO of Handcrafted Hospitality (Tacocraft, Anthony’s Pronto Kitchen) posted on social media. Henry’s move — it closed its current location on July 24 — is timed around the imminent teardown of funky art enclave FAT Village, and the upscale sandwicherie will reopen in late August. 115 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-329-2551;;

Willie T’s Seafood Shack, Fort Lauderdale


A replacement for Elliot Wolf’s pandemic-closed sandwicherie, Lunchroom, this seafood house from Virginia’s Thompson Hospitality expects to open in late August inside the Harbor Shops on 17th Street. Willie T’s, which has locations in the Washington, D.C., area, serves fried and grilled Gulf shrimp, catfish and lobsters, along with oyster po’boys, crab cakes, salmon and Old Bay-seasoned, waffle-cut fries. 1824 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale;

Down the Rabbit Hole, Delray Beach

When he planted his flagship Rabbit Hole in Pompano Beach last year, chef Samuel Woods crafted an all-vegan menu aimed squarely at meat-eaters. He created hot dogs, chicken wings, Korean-style meatballs and hamburgers without dairy or meat, but instead with plant-based ingredients that mimic their crunch and texture. His new sister restaurant, set to open this November in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove, is even curiouser. This part-restaurant, part-art event space will be a partnership with local historian Emmanuel George, serving plant-based wings and burgers alongside exhibits from local Black artists and pioneers. Many works will be sourced from nearby Delray Beach Historical Society, the Arts Warehouse, Spady Cultural Heritage Museum and Arts Garage, and the space will also host book clubs, poetry readings and film screenings. Rabbit Hole’s Pompano original will remain open. 311 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; TheRabbitHole.Life

Just Pizza & Wing Co., Coral Springs

This Buffalo, N.Y.-born franchise is expected to open its first South Florida pizza-wing stop this September under local franchisee Noel Morreale. The eatery’s name, to be fair, sells short its sheer number of specialty configurations, such as the 3 Cheese Steak Pizza with a mozzarella-Swiss-white American blend atop thin-sliced sirloin steak, and wings with intriguing (bourbon whiskey, blackberry barbecue, Cajun honey) and scald-your-mouth-out flavors (“lethal hot” Buffalo style). 2359 N. University Drive, Coral Springs; 716-341-2744;

South PMP Bar & Kitchen, Pompano Beach


If Jet Runway Caf? is owner Mike Linder’s love letter to aviation and YOT Bar & Kitchen is his mash note to the sea, then his newest restaurant, South PMP, is securely on terra firma. Linder’s Southern comfort food kitchen expects to debut this November in Pompano’s Old Town district, anchoring a wave of new restaurants and art spaces opening soon off the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and North Dixie Highway. 165 NE First Ave., Pompano Beach;

Raising Cane’s, Royal Palm Beach

This national chicken chain, based in Baton Rouge, La., specializes in one thing: hand-battered tenders in several combo specials, from its three-finger deal to the Caniac Combo (six tenders with crinkle-cut fries, coleslaw and Texas toast). A Royal Palm Beach location should debut sometime this fall, followed by another in Pompano Beach, on the former site of steakhouse icon Bobby Rubino’s. 100 N. State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach;

The Hen and The Hog, Boca Raton

This rustic greasy spoon with pig roasts every Friday, an all-day breakfast and pork-centric decorative signs (“Don’t go bacon my heart”) is plotting a second location later this summer, replacing the former Blue Ocean Poke in Boca Raton. The flagship sits on North Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. Operated by Yardlene Tabora and George Abbondante, The Hog serves smoked meat platters, sandwiches, burgers, bowls and salads. 2151 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 954-366-1572;

Flamingo Seafood, Pompano Beach


An abandoned Marathon gas station between the Intracoastal Waterway and an Umberto’s is being revived as Flamingo Seafood, a raw bar, wholesale market and seafood retailer scheduled to open later this summer. Owner Jamie Mattocks says the eatery will “serve sustainably caught, traceable, locally sourced seafood, as well as a selection of raw and cured fish, including oysters on the half shell, ceviche, crudo and assorted caviar.” 2798 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach;

The House on the River, Fort Lauderdale

The historic River House will live again. That’s what restaurateur Steven D’Apuzzo of Society 8 Hospitality Group is saying about his plans to reopen the venue as The House on the River in late summer or early fall. Built in 1903, the landmark is the second-oldest building (behind the 1901 Stranahan House) in Fort Lauderdale and was originally the home of city fathers Tom and Reed Bryan. The city owns the property and has leased it to various restaurant brands over the years. Society 8 currently operates Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, Park & Ocean, and Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery. 301 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale;

Lickie Stickie BBQ, Sunrise

Pitmaster Juliette Johnson’s popular Southern Caribbean food stand — and sellout brisket– is restaurant-bound. After setting up at farmers’ markets around Broward County every weekend for seven years, Johnson plans to open Lickie Stickie this summer, offering barbecue fixings all week long: spare ribs, salmon, chicken, cheesy grits, collard greens, and her homemade jerk and barbecue sauce. Her catering services will also continue. 7794 NW 44th St., Sunrise; 954-638-2324,


Tin Roof, Fort Lauderdale

This Nashville-spawned, music-minded, bar-food chain with a popular location on Delray’s glitzy Atlantic Avenue is moseying south to downtown Fort Lauderdale to open this fall inside the former Township bar, CEO Bob Franklin told the Sun Sentinel. Tin Roof will feature nightly live music acts and a menu nearly identical to that of its Delray Beach outpost: Nashville hot chicken, fried pickles, barbecue pulled pork quesadillas, burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese, and a suite of a la carte tacos. 219 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale;

Fiolina Pasta House, Boca Raton

Michelin-star chef and restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi plans to debut his Pasta House in 2023 at the soon-to-open Restaurant Row in Boca Raton. The restaurant would occupy the venue’s largest space at 7,000 square feet and include a market, a walk-through pasta room and an open kitchen. Trabocchi, also a James Beard Award recipient, already has Fiola in Coral Gables. His Washington D.C.-based restaurant group includes Del Mar and Sfoglina Pasta House. 5355 Town Center Road, Boca Raton;

Dave’s Hot Chicken, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens


This mega-spicy chicken chain backed by the star wattage of Drake, Samuel L. Jackson, Maria Shriver and Michael Strahan plans to open seven locations in Palm Beach and Martin countries over the next three years. (There’s currently one Florida outpost in Orlando.) No lease has yet been signed, but the first is expected to debut in West Palm Beach or Palm Beach Gardens in late 2022 or early 2023 under franchisees Blair Bitove (daughter of Toronto Raptors founder John Bitove) and barbecue veterans Rob Shawger and Matt Abdoo (Pig Beach BBQ in West Palm Beach). The Los Angeles-based Dave’s touts tenders with seven spice levels, and the hottest — the Reaper — requires customers to sign a waiver before eating them.












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