Pizza chain starts South Florida expansion with Boynton locations

Part owner of Hungry Howie’s Michael Pierson in his new Boynton Beach location on July 25, 2017. (Palm Beach Post/Alexandra Seltzer)

A pizza chain plans to expand in South Florida and has already begun with two new restaurants in Boynton Beach.

Hungry Howie’s opened a store at 4789 N. Congress Ave. in the Meadows Square plaza at Hypoluxo Road, and at 1660 S. Congress Ave. just south of Woolbright Road.

Both openings happened within the past three weeks, said part owner Michael Pierson.

The Hungry Howie’s new Boynton Beach location on July 25, 2017. (Palm Beach Post/Alexandra Seltzer)

The chain is known for its flavored pizza crust and oven-baked subs. They also offer deals every Wednesday, Pierson said.

Boynton Beach offers surf camp for kids in July

Ten-year-old Solenne Simon catches a wave during Hula Surf School at Oceanfront Park in Boynton Beach Monday, July 21, 2014. At left is Hula Surf School owner Reinaldo Schiavinato. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Boynton Beach with Hula Surf and Paddle School is hosting a Surf Camp starting in July.

The camp will be held at Oceanfront Park, 6415 N. Ocean Blvd., from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 10-14 and July 17-21.

Read: Summer camps featuring field trips, surfing will keep your kids busy

Program fees per week are $200 for residents and $250 for non-residents.

Hula Surf and Paddle School offers one of the most comprehensive and educational surf and ocean safety camps in the area, according to a news release. Kids will learn to surf and refine their skills. Instructors are first aid and CPR certified. All equipment, including surfboards, is included.

Register online at https://campsself.active.com/HulaSurfSchool. For information, call the Art Center at (561) 742-6221 or Hula Surf School at (877) 321-HULA.

Why is Boynton Beach having its Fourth of July celebration on July 1?

070416 PBDN Meghan McCarthy Fireworks explode over the Intracoastal Waterway during Fourth On Flagler Monday July 4, 2016.

Last year, Boynton Beach held its Fourth of July celebration and fireworks event on July 4. It was a Monday. And it was a late night. The next day, parents asked the city if they’d move future July 4th events to the weekend.

So now, this year’s celebration will be on Saturday.

“Those with young children, by the time they get home it’s a pretty late night,” Wally Majors, the city’s director of parks and recreation, told city officials.

The free event will be at Intracoastal Park, 2240 N. Federal Highway.

The event is from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and includes live music from Dee Dee Wilde Band and On The Roxx (OTR).

At 8:45 p.m. the Boynton Beach Fire Department Honor Guard will do a patriotic salute followed by the National Anthem. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. There will be activities for children.

Attendees are encourages to bring blankets and chairs.

Two free park and ride shuttle locations are available: Boynton Beach City Hall, 100 E. Boynton Beach Boulevard and Ezell Hester Center, 1901 N. Seacrest Blvd., from 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

The final departures from both locations to the event will be at 8:30 p.m. with the shuttles resuming from Intracoastal Park from 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.

No pets or personal fireworks are allowed for the safety of all spectators.

For information, call (561) 742-6640.

Deadline looming to join Boynton Beach’s teen police academy

Teen Police Academy. (Handout: Boynton Beach Police)

The deadline to register for the Boynton Beach Police Department’s Teen Police Academy is Monday.

The program is July 31 through Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Intracoastal Park for teens ages 14-16.

The academy will provide youth a hands-on opportunity to learn how the BBPD operates.

Class topics will include: CPR certification, K-9, police patrol techniques, dangers of traffic stops, firearm safety, ropes course, bike patrol, marine enforcement, gang and drug awareness, crime scene procedures and field trips.

The cost is $100, which includes lunch, t-shirts, a hat and sackpack.

Call Officer Rachel Loy for information at (561) 742-6849.

One restaurant closes, another opens in Boynton’s Renaissance Commons

Grilled-cheese sandwich lovers have a limited time in Boynton Beach to buy their favorite sandwich from MELT “Crafted Grilled Cheese.”

The restaurant in Renaissance Commons, which opened in 2014, will close Sunday. The menu includes a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, chopped salads and side dishes. Examples of sandwiches on the menu: Loaded Potato, which is American cheese, french fries, bacon and scallions on white bread with a side of ranch dressing; and Pulled Pork, which is pork, cheddar cheese, coleslaw, pickle chip and BBQ sauce on white bread.

The restaurant is owned by Craig Larson, who also owns Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ. 

Yes, you guessed it.

Larson is reopening Melt’s spot as Lucille’s in mid to late July, said Jennifer Gibson, the store’s manager.

The restaurant is at 1880 N. Congress Avenue, at the southeast corner of Congress and Gateway in Renaissance Commons.

Lantana to host chili cook-off at July 4 festivities

Staff photo by Taylor Jones-05-12-01.

Chili cookers wanted!

The Lantana Chamber of Commerce is looking for people to cook chili for the town’s fourth chili cook-off on July 4. The event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bicentennial Park, 321 E. Ocean Ave.

The entry fee is $25.  The grand prize winner gets $500. The second place winner gets $75 and the third gets $25.

For information and to sign up, contact Lynn Smith at 561-585-8664 or lynn@lantanachamber.com.

The town’s July 4 festivities are from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event includes live music and contests such as Most Patriotic Baby. There will also be family games and vendors. Bring chairs and blankets. Fireworks start at 9:10 p.m.

‘Hop’ aboard the Boynton Beach brewery bus

Photo provided by the Damn Good Beer Bus

A bus company is making it easier for beer-lovers to drink all the beer they want at Boynton Beach’s breweries while getting around safely.

Read: Boynton Beach residents have another brewery to try

Starting in July, Damn Good Beer Bus every Sunday will have a bus shuttle running to Boynton’s breweries: Copperpoint, Due South, NOBO and Devour.

Read: New beer bus offers tours of Palm Beach County’s local breweries

The bus will run from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It’s $5 for the whole day. And, you’ll get $1 off your first beer.

How’s that for Sunday Funday?

For information, and for tickets, visit damngoodbeerbus.com.

Boynton Beach barbecue spot to open new location Tuesday

Anthony Barber and Troy Davis, shown here on April 19, 2017, are expanding Troy’s Bar-Be-Que and moving to Federal Highway near Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach. (Alexandra Seltzer/The Palm Beach Post)

After a few months of renovations, Troy’s Bar-Be-Que is finally opening this week in Boynton Beach.

The family plans to host a soft opening Monday for friends and family. Tuesday is the big opening day for the public. The restaurant will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday, said Anthony Barber, Troy Davis’ son.

Read: Family dreams captured in move of Heart of Boynton’s barbecue hot-spot

Davis and his family have outgrown their location in their small corner takeout spot at Federal Highway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, a low-income neighborhood that city officials have for years tried to revitalize. They moved less than 2 miles south on Federal just south of Woolbright Road.

Check out the menu.

Troy’s for the past 20 years has been a Boynton go-to for local barbecue.

Sit down with a Boynton cop and have free coffee at this event

From L to R: Boynton Beach Police Officer Jivanet Rivera, Crime Analyst Deanna Richardson, Chief Jeffrey Katz, and Det. Marco Villari. Photo taken at Intracoastal Park Clubhouse by Alexandra Seltzer on April 11, 2017.

Boynton Beach police officers will be at Starbucks on Tuesday for the Coffee with a Cop event.

Read: Aerospace engineer now one of state’s top teachers in Boynton

Attendees will receive a free cup of coffee, and a conversation with an officer, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the store at 1500 Gateway Blvd.

 

Just in time for summer, ice cream shop opens in Boynton Beach

Prateek Shrestha opened the Carvel on Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach on Memorial Day in 2017. (Alexandra Seltzer / The Palm Beach Post)

A new Carvel opened in Boynton Beach just in time for the summer.

The store, at 121 N. Congress Ave. in The Boynton Plaza, opened on Memorial Day.

Read: Completion dates set for I-95 interchange work at Hypoluxo, Woolbright

Prateek Shrestha owns the Carvel. While he’s managed other locations, this is the first he owns. He said the area needed a Carvel location. Shrestha said he has heard more people talking about Carvel and thought now was a good time to open a location.

Ice cream display at the Carvel in Boynton Beach on May 30, 2017. (Alexandra Seltzer / The Palm Beach Post)

Shrestha found out he was correct on opening day. He said customers came in and talked about growing up in New York or other places and how they grew up eating Carvel ice cream.

Read: Summer camps featuring field trips, surfing will keep your kids busy

“They’ve been missing it so much,” Shrestha said.

The owner plans to have a Grand Opening event in about six to eight weeks.