Lots going on in the local restaurant scene. . . never a dull moment.
Reportedly coming to CityPlace early next year is Brio Tuscan Grille, the hugely popular faux-Tuscan eatery with PBC locations in Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton. Brio is supposed to take over the space downstairs from B.B. King’s Blues Club, which means several retailers will have to go. It also sets up an uomo a uomo confrontation with another Italian restaurant, not to mention one of CityPlace’s big restaurant dogs, Il Bellagio. That, if it happens, should be pretty interesting.
Sharpen your knives, carnivores, the first Texas de Brazil in Palm Beach County is slated to debut sometime before year’s end in the old City Kitchen spot in Downtown at the Gardens. It’s always seemed a little odd that in a place with an upscale steakhouse on every block, we have only one churrascuria (that would be Gol in Delray). So get ready to eat your own weight in slow-roasted beef, pork and chicken. . . and maybe some of that leafy green stuff too.
And in news that should come as a surprise to no one (and was predicted here several weeks ago) Philippe by Philippe Chow in downtown Boca will not be reopening after closing last month, ostensibly “for the summer.” In more than 20 years of reviewing and writing about restaurants on both the West and East Coasts, I’ve rarely seen a restaurant have worse word of mouth than this upscale Chinese eatery, beginning with its introductory press dinner. I stayed away from the place for that reason, and though by the time I got there a couple months ago the kitchen seemed to have gotten its act together, that disastrous first impression, coupled with prices much higher than other local Chinese restaurants (most of them, admittedly, terrible) were just too much to overcome. Hint to aspiring restaurateurs: when trying to put your best foot forward, don’t step on it.