Low-priced Whole Foods, other restaurants coming to Delray Beach

A rendering of a redevelopment planned at Delray Plaza, at 600 W. Linton Blvd. The new plaza will bring in a 365 by Whole Foods Market. (Courtesy of S.J. Collins Enterprises)

DELRAY BEACH — A smaller version of popular grocery chain Whole Foods, one that carries items at a lower cost, is due to open in Delray Beach. Expect new restaurants as well once a makeover is complete at the plaza at Linton Boulevard east of Interstate 95.

Delray Plaza, an 85,000-square-foot mixed-use plaza at 660 W. Linton Blvd., is undergoing a redesign that will bring in 365 by Whole Foods Market, breakfast and brunch cafe First Watch and Mediterranean eatery Zoes Kitchen, plaza owner S.J. Collins Enterprises said.

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Whole Foods Market 365, a smaller-format store with lower prices than the original Whole Foods Market, will take the 30,000-square-foot space held by Palm Beach Gym. It will be the first 365 by Whole Foods in Florida, according to the grocery chain’s website.

The plaza will also be home to the sixth Palm Beach County location for the popular Florida-based restaurant First Watch. And the first Zoes Kitchen on the east coast of South Florida, according to its website.

Pet Supplies Plus, Pollo Tropical and Subway, and other retail and office tenants, already at Delray Plaza will remain in place, according to the developer.


Healthy Tampa-based food delivery service to open shop in Boca Raton

Red Quinoa Hash from Tampa-based meal delivery service Fitlife Foods (Courtesy)

BOCA RATON — Want healthy, prepared meals delivered to your doorstep?

Residents of Boca Raton will soon have that option as Fitlife Foods, a Tampa-based food delivery service, will open its first Palm Beach County shop in Boca on June 22.

The new store will be the fifteenth location in Florida.

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Fitlife Foods offers healthy, pre-made meals — such as paleo chicken, red quinoa hash, chicken enchiladas and gluten-free chicken pizza supreme — that can be delivered to your home or picked up at the shop, at Glades Plaza on Glades Road just west of Town Center Mall.

They offer dozens of recipes — breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks — that make it easier to meal prep for health-conscious locals.

Fitlife Foods’ menu prices range from $3 to $13 and include gluten-free, vegetarian, paleo and low-carb options, with nutrition information printed on the label.

The meal service also has a recycling program that allows customer to bring back 20 containers for a $10 credit to the store.

The grand opening will take place on June 22 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at 10:45 a.m. Guests will receive a complimentary meal, wellness session, store tour and Fitlife prize giveaway.

Head Chef Andrew Ruga will be doing live cooking demonstrations s from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about FitLife Foods, visit its website.



See fresh ice cream frozen before your eyes at shop soon-to-open in Boca

Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream flash-freezes its ice cream using fresh ingredients. The Miami-based chain opens a Boca Raton location on Monday, June 19, 2017. (Courtesy)

BOCA RATON — Fittingly themed on the periodic table of elements, you can see the chemistry behind ice cream-making at Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream, a Miami-based chain opening a shop in Boca Raton.

The new shop, at the plaza on Yamato Road at Jog Road, opens Monday, with a grand opening planned in one to two weeks.

Fresh ingredients are flash-frozen in a cloud of smoke behind a glass barrier, so patrons can see their ice cream being made. It’s a trendy process that Chill-N founder and owner Daniel Golik brought to Miami nearly five years ago.

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Courtesy of Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream

“They get to see all the ingredients being mixed in,” Golik said. “It’s neat from them to see it being made.”

The Boca location is the sixth for the ice cream chain, and the northernmost.

“It’s a great market for families,” Golik said. The shop is just west of Spanish River High School.

Patrons pick their ingredients from a list that resembles a periodic table. They choose an ice cream or yogurt base (which includes a dairy-free coconut milk base), a flavor and “Mix-N’s” that include your typical ice cream toppings. Then they watch the shop employees flash-freeze their chemical concoction with nitrogen, which creates a cloud of smoke.

The nitrogen eliminates a need for a commercial freezer, Golik said, meaning you’ll get fresh, creamy ice cream without crystals every time.

The most popular flavor is Nutella. But Dulce De Leche, another fan favorite, is made from locally sourced, authentic Argentinian dulce de leche. The coffee flavor is also made from locally sourced Cuban espresso.

For more information about Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream, visit its Facebook page.

Nani’s hand-crafted doughnut shop leaves Boynton, opens in Delray

Nani’s hand-crafted doughnuts. (Liz Balmaseda/The Palm Beach Post)

DELRAY BEACH — Nani’s hand-crafted, gourmet doughnuts has fled south. Just barely.

The artisanal bakery, known for its huge doughnuts, has vacated its spot in Boynton Beach and recently opened up shop in Delray Beach, in a plaza on Congress Avenue just south of Lake Ida Road. Nani’s was previously in Bond and Smolders bakery at the Federal Highway plaza on Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach’s Riverwalk Plaza.

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The doughnut shop — which serves a creative and always-growing list of concoctions such as S’mores, Cotton Candy, Funfetti, Raspberry Poptart and Banana Creme Brûlée — relied on delivery until it opened inside Bond and Smolders bakery last year. Riverwalk Plaza’s owner plans to tear it down and build a 10-story residential complex, which prompted the doughnut shop to relocate, The Palm Beach Post’s Alex Seltzer reports.

The mammoth 4-inch-wide donuts are priced between $3 and $3.50 a piece. The bakery has seasonal and specialty flavors it announces on its Facebook page.

Nani’s is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


This popular Miami-based gastropub/cocktail bar opens today near Delray

The Entourage cocktail at Batch Gastropub in Miami (Photo: Jensen Lee)

DELRAY BEACH — Outdoor shopping center Delray Marketplace has a new addition: Popular Miami-based eatery and cocktail bar Batch Gastropub.

The restaurant, which opens its second location at the marketplace today, is a destination in Miami for its made-to-order cocktails, craft beer and gourmet bar bites.

The Mac Attack at Batch Gastropub. (Photo: Jensen Lee)

The pub at Delray Marketplace, west of the city at 14851 Lyons Road, held a soft opening, which drew a crowd of more than 4oo, on Sunday, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The drinks are made with blends of fresh ingredients and spirits, some of which are marinated for months before they’re served.

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Batch assumed the space once held by TAP Global Beer, just next to Delray Marketplace’s popular movie theater-bowling alley-restaurant Franks Theaters.

The restaurant is open 4 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

The restaurant is also the latest of many new additions to the growing outdoor marketplace, such as Hoffman’s Chocolates and Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ.

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.

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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.

Longtime Green Owl restaurant to reopen soon in downtown Delray Beach

The Green Owl, at 11 SE 4th Ave., will open Tuesday, May 16. (Contributed by Menin Development)

DELRAY BEACH — The Green Owl served loyal patrons for 33 years before closing the doors of its Delray Beach restaurant in July. It can now continue to do so, as its new location in downtown Delray will open Tuesday, May 16.

The diner-style eatery, a favorite of locals known for serving affordable dishes in an otherwise pricey downtown, will open its doors at 11 SE 4th Ave., in a smaller space across the street from its former Atlantic Avenue-facing location, according to building owners Menin Development.

The rent was hiked on Green Owl owner David Gensman just before the old location closed, he told The Palm Beach Post in July.

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The building sold in 2014 to Delray Beach-based Menin Development, which offered the Green Owl a space in a building it owns just east on Southeast Fourth Avenue, although the restaurant will no longer face Atlantic Avenue.

The Atlantic Avenue space once occupied by the Green Owl is currently under construction to become a Capital One Café, which will offer banking services, coffee and free Wi-Fi.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Green Owl will be held May 15 at 4 p.m. and is open to the public. The restaurant’s hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It will be closed Mondays.