Way to go, Burt! Our own Burt Rapoport of Rapoport's Restaurant Group has been honored with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Community Excellence award.

The Community Excellence award recognizes one business (OUT OF THOUSANDS!) in the United States that has found success in the eyes of its community. Rapoport's Restaurant Group was also named the South East Region finalist for the 2013 Dream Big Small Business of the Year after being nominated by the Boca Chamber. "Rapoport's Restaurant Group is a great example of a small business that gives back and shows leadership in their community," said Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber.

Not only has Rapoport been heavily involved in the restaurant business throughout South Florida for decades (his early partnership with Dennis Max continues to this day), but he’s also done a lot of giving back, from his former seat on the Boca Chamber Board of Directors (and past recipient of the Boca Chamber's Business Leader of the Year award) to his stint dancing in Boca’s Ballroom Battle for the George Snow Scholarship Fund few years ago, among other endeavors. Rapoport owns Deck 84, Henrys, Bogart’s at Cinemark Theaters in Boca and Burt & Max’s in the new Delray Beach Marketplace.

Rapoport is always amping up charity events and showing up at them and to help celebrate his own honor, he’s about throw another one. Rapoport is hosting a "Surf Into Summer" concert headlined by the original Beach Boy founder David Marks and the Surf City Allstars at the Delray Beach Marketplace amphitheater on May 11, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children & Families and the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce's Golden Bell Foundation.

We couldn’t be prouder of Burt–stop by one of his restaurants (he’s always at one of them!) and tell him thanks for all he does.