The past couple of weeks we’ve been chronicling the restaurant comings and goings in Boca’s Royal Palm Place. Now it’s time to do the same a bit further north, in the ever-changing CityPlace.
First is the not entirely unexpected closing of Taverna Opa. The reasons are unclear, but it’s worth noting that the Opa franchise group terminated their contract with proprietor Lirim Jacobi a little over a year ago. The CityPlace folks reportedly have a new concept to slide into the space, though when that will happen and what it might be they’re keeping under wraps for now.
Slated to close for extensive renovations next week is Bellagio, the stylish Italian trattoria with the killer fountain-side location. A major redo of the kitchen, bar and patio are in the works, with reopening said to be scheduled for mid-October.
But wait, there’s more. A trio of newbies are slated to debut in the coming weeks-slash-months. Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill, a bar-restaurant-music-entertainment spot, should be opening later this month, joining the beer-centric Brass Tap, which recently made its debut.
Also coming but with no due dates yet, are Moe’s Southwest Grill, the Chipotle-esque “fast casual” Mexican eatery (I’m a big fan of their “Homewrecker” burrito). Said to open in sometime this fall is the giant (35,000 square feet), high-concept (and much-delayed) Revolutions Bowling Bar & Grill from Jupiter-based Frank Entertainment Co., which recently opened a similar venue, CineBowl & Grille, in the newish Delray Marketplace.
It’s getting so you can’t tell the players without a scorecard.