If Boynton plaza project passes, what will happen to restaurants?

Outdoor menu at Josie's Ristorante in Boynton Beach, June 16, 2016. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

Outdoor menu at Josie’s Ristorante in Boynton Beach, June 16, 2016. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

The Boynton Beach City Commission is expected to vote this month on whether to approve the redevelopment plans for Riverwalk Plaza at Federal Highway and Woolbright Road. The first of two votes will happen Tuesday.

Plaza owner Isram Realty wants to tear down the vacant Winn-Dixie that once anchored the plaza and in its place build a 10-story waterfront residential apartment building. Isram also wants to update the entire 117,000-square-foot center with a more modern and pedestrian-friendly feel.

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In addition to demolishing the Winn-Dixie building, Isram plans to renovate the building that houses Walgreens and Jo-Ann Fabrics, build a commercial building fronting Federal Highway, and demolish the building that houses restaurants such as Primo Hoagies, Josie’s and Rice Fine Thai restaurants.

Residents have been wondering what will happen to the existing restaurants if the plan is approved.

The Prime Catch restaurant is not part of the plan and will remain as is, said Steven Wherry, on behalf of Isram. The Wendy’s will be renovated.

Here’s a rundown of the future for other existing Riverwalk restaurants, according to Wherry:

  • Josie’s: Deciding whether they want to relocate to the Walgreens/Jo-Ann Fabric building or somewhere off property
  • Primo: Isram will give them an option to relocate within the property
  • Bond & Smolders: Isram will give them an option to relocate within the property