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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Restaurants to grub in Delray now that the snowbirds have fled north

DELRAY BEACH — Traffic slightly alleviated on Atlantic Avenue? Available free parking downtown? Short — or better yet, no — wait at Delray restaurants?

It’s finally summer in South Florida.

“Season” is over and the snowbirds have fled north, meaning fewer cars on the roadways and bodies in local businesses.

For food lovers, that means a few popular eateries that attract out-of-towners with northern delicacies will have shorter wait-times and specials to drum up business. Here are few restaurants to visit in Delray Beach, based on specials and locations previously reviewed by The Palm Beach Post:

By the water

Lobster roll at Boston s on the Beach. (Thomas Cordy/ The Palm Beach Post)

Boston’s on the Beach

During season, this restaurant is a northerner’s oceanfront spot for New England clam chowder, lobster bisque, Ipswich steamers, New England clambake and Maine lobster. Take advantage as it empties out slightly once May rolls around.

Check out its website for specials.

Caffe Luna Rosa sits on Ocean Boulevard in Delray Beach, with a front-row view of the beach. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

Caffe Luna Rosa

Twice named the “Best restaurant in Delray Beach” by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, Caffe Luna Rosa is usually bustling.

The Italian eatery is located at 34 S. Ocean Boulevard, directly across from the ocean. The restaurant is designed on two levels, with alfresco seating and an elevated open-air dining room.

Check out its Facebook page for brunch and dinner specials.

Ocean One

New to Delray Beach, Ocean One is establishing itself as a go-to in the city with hard-to-beat specials. You can get any lunch item for $4.99 every day and three drinks for $10 during happy hour. Their menu is classic American, and they’re situated at 751 E. Atlantic Avenue, just west of Veterans Park and the Intracoastal Waterway.

On the Ave

Contributed by City Oyster in Delray Beach

City Oyster

As the name suggests, this restaurant specializes in oysters and all-things-seafood. It’s popular for sushi and New England clam chowder as well. City Oyster, at 213 E. Atlantic Ave., is fairly busy year-round, but expect a shorter wait and easier time navigating Atlantic Avenue during off-season.

The Mac & Cheese Skillet at Park Tavern in Delray Beach. (Palm Beach Post)

Park Tavern

This gastro-pub, at 32 S.E. 2nd Ave., is a must-visit destination for Delray Beach pub crawlers. With football season behind us, traffic at the sports bar-style eatery slows, and patrons can focus on enjoying shareable bites and a wide-ranging drink menu.

Be sure to check it out on $5 burger Mondays.

Mural at El Camino (15 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach) (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

In the Grove

El Camino

This restaurant, 15 N.E. 2nd Ave., has twice landed on OpenTable’s top 100 restaurants in the country. This Mexican eatery and hipster taquería is always busy, so get a table or grab a seat at the bar when you can.

And naturally, $2 Taco Tuesdays at El Camino is a must. Visit its Facebook page for specials (or to keep up with daily taco facts).

Max’s Harvest, in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove district, offers farm-to-fork cuisine and a choice of indoor or alfresco dining. (Contributed by Max’s Harvest)

Max’s Harvest

The season-driven menu at Max’s Harvest, at 169 N.E. 2nd Ave., is another reason to explore the restaurant for a summer brunch or dinner. The menu changes to use the freshest in-season ingredients.

Visit its website for menus and specials.

View of Crispy Duroc Pork Belly, rustic sweet potato, fried organic quail egg, lemongrass game reduction and pistachio crumb at Brule Bistro, Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015, in Delray Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Brule Bistro

Brule Bistro, at 200 N.E. 2nd Ave., is fan-favorite in Delray Beach, almost always lively and packed. The hearty, ingredient-driven dishes make it a must-visit locally, the Post’s food editor Liz Balmaseda suggests, but opt for a quiet weekday during the off-season to avoid the crowds.

Visit its website for brunch and dinner specials.

Local favorites

Sundy House

Sundy House boutique hotel is a lushly landscaped urban retreat set in downtown Delray Beach. (Contributed by

This historic inn with its backdrop of lush landscape gardens and unique outdoor gazebo table, at 106 S Swinton Ave., made OpenTable’s top 100 outdoor dining restaurants in the country last year. It’s a popular — and always busy — brunch spot.

You’ll have better luck securing a reservation during off-season.

Visit its website for more information.


The front yard at Dada is a popular spot for alfresco dining. The restaurant operates in a 1924 house. (Contributed by

Another outdoor dining favorite, Dada’s alfresco dining area wraps around a lush centerfold banyan tree, with lights strung above the tables. There’s usually a wait at Dada, at 52 N. Swinton Ave., but many say it’s worth it.

Visit its Facebook page for brunch and dinner specials.


New Asian restaurant in Boynton offers cooking at your table

Hot Pot n’ Grill Manager Susan Lo sits at a table in the new Boynton Beach restaurant on May 2, 2017. (Alexandra Seltzer/The Palm Beach Post)

If you like the style of The Melting Pot, you might like this new Boynton Beach restaurant called Hot Pot n’ Grill. The restaurant opened last Wednesday in Quantum Village on Gateway Boulevard.

Read: Kombucha? Ginger beer? This new Boynton business has it

Manager Susan Lo said the restaurant offers a new concept of Asian dining. She compared it to The Melting Pot. The customer can create their own sauces and pick whatever meat, seafood, vegetable, etc. they want to cook in the broth at the table they’re sitting at. They also serve dessert and fruits.

Hot Pot n’ Grill opened last week in Boynton Beach. Photo taken May 2, 2017. (Alexandra Seltzer/The Palm Beach Post)

“It’s something different for people to enjoy,” Lo said. “It’s popular in New York and California, and now it’s growing to South Florida.”

Irish pub to open in Boynton on Friday, recelebrate St. Patty’s Day

Spring Brothers is expected to open April 14, 2017. Photo taken March 14, 2017 by Alexandra Seltzer.

Looking for a new place to go in Boynton Beach this weekend?

Spring Brothers Irish Pub will open Friday, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The Irish Pub will open in the Renaissance Commons spot that’s been vacant for nearly two years, and was formerly Corcoran’s Tavern and Grill and Slainte Irish Pub. The address is 1500 Gateway Blvd. at Congress Avenue.

Sophie Spring owns the restaurant.

On the menu: burgers; hot dogs; sandwiches; salads and “Spring Brothers Classics” such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, Irish stew and Guinness Osso Bucco.

Spring Brothers started in 2001 in Geneva, Switzerland. That location closed in 2012, according to its website. In addition to the Boynton location, Spring Brothers has a Miami Beach spot on Washington Avenue.

Boynton Beach restaurant changes name, adds to the menu

Photo taken by Alexandra Seltzer on April 4, 2017

A Boynton Beach restaurant that opened last year is changing its name.

Culinary To Go is now called Gilby’s Restaurant. It’s at 2201 S. Federal Highway, just south of Woolbright Road, at the old Denny’s site.

Read: Boynton Beach restaurant to host soft opening Wednesday

The restaurant offers casual dine in and take out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu lists soups, salads, sandwiches and dinner items and says produce is bought at local markets.

“It’s a cross between Boston Market and Panera Bread,” owner James Guilbeault previously told The Palm Beach Post. “We’re going to be able to make very affordable meals which are really healthy and good. It’s going to be a nice change for Boynton Beach.”

Guilbeault said in a Facebook post that the Culinary To Go name was confusing to the public. The owner is also adding a salad bar, he said.

Read: Boynton Beach: Lien program that helped revamp vacant Denny’s succeeds



Lantana restaurant to permanently close weeks after fire

Palm Beach County firefighters investigate a fire at Lantana Jack's Bar and Grill North Dixie Highway in Lantana before dawn Monday, December 5, 2016. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach County firefighters investigate a fire at Lantana Jack’s Bar and Grill North Dixie Highway in Lantana before dawn Monday, December 5, 2016. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Less than one month after a fire broke out at Lantana Jack’s Bar and Grill on North Dixie Highway, the restaurant announced Friday that it is closing.

The restaurant’s last day open is Sunday, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The fire happened Dec. 5, and caused about $100,000 in damage. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Calls made to the owners Friday were not immediately returned.

Here’s what the Facebook post says:

“With a sad, heavy and humbled heart, we will be closing doors @ LANTANA jacks for good on Sunday. It’s been one heck of a journey! Come and show your support and let’s make this the best weekend possible! Taco truck will be here @ 5 tonight!!

Live music tonight by:
Saturday:CANNON & COHEN 6:30-9:30
Sunday: Watch the NFL games in your favorite chair 1 last time ! Live music by Steve Vincent @ 5pm”

Boynton Beach to welcome in a new Jamaican restaurant

Jamerican Cuisine
Jamerican Cuisine

Boynton Beach is getting another new restaurant.

Jamerican Cuisine will have a grand opening on Friday at 11 a.m.

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The restaurant is at Casa Costa at 470 N. Federal Highway.

Chef Chris Jackson says all food is fresh and cooked to order.

The restaurant’s menu will be heavy with seafood, he said.

Customers will be able to have their meat or fish cooked on the grill or sauteed, but will also be given the option to have it cooked Jamaican-style.

Jamerican Cuisine
Jamerican Cuisine

Items on the menu include: Sweet Spicy Jerk Glaze Mahi; Salmon Escovetch; Jerk Chicken Wrap and Jerk Tacos. The restaurant also will serve wings.

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