November 15 is the projected opening date for Apiero, Burt Rapoport’s casual Mediterranean restaurant in west county’s sprawling Delray Marketplace, where his and Dennis Max’s latest collaboration, Burt & Max’s, is still pulling in big crowds.

The first of what will likely be other Apieros (Apieri?) in South Florida, its kitchen will be headed up by Chicago transplant David Blonsky. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Blonsky has a resume that includes stints at such high-profile eateries as Spago in Chicago, Barton G.’s Miami catering business and back in the Windy City at Tru, with acclaimed chefs Rick Tramanto and Gale Gand. His last gig before signing on with Apiero was at Chicago’s Siena Tavern.

Expect more details about the menu, design and possible expansion in the weeks to come.