More of Boca’s popular restaurants are coming online, just as state orders allow capacity to grow to 50%. Chops Lobster Bar reopens for dinner with a full menu. City Fish Market returns on Thursday May 21. Live music is back at Crazy Uncle Mike’s.
Customer reaction reflected a pent-up demand, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group president Niko Karatassos said from Atlanta. “We have a great following and response has been positive, but we’re taking this in controlled fashion,” he said. “Whenever guests walk in, everybody is in masks. There are sanitation stations for guests and employees. Service training with staff implements all these new measures.”
Menus will be single-use only and thrown away after each guest.
He recommends reservations. Chops maxed out Friday and Saturday. Like most restaurants that offered these services, they’ll continue curbside and delivery.
As a restaurateur, Karatassos is frank about dealing with the new required capacity restrictions. “It helps, but you’re operating at 50 percent. Twenty-five percent probably deterred some people from reopening. You are still operating at a loss.”
Toad People and Unlimited Devotion and Friends mostly cover bands brought live music back to Crazy Uncle Mike’s this weekend, said owner Mike Goodwin. Tickets at Eventbrite. Their driveway sign said ‘miss you Boca.’ Now they’re open daily, noon to midnight Sundays to Thursdays, to 2 a.m. weekends.
Both restaurants, Chops and Uncle Mike’s, offer indoor and outdoor seating, just as the city of Boca Raton temporarily relaxes outdoor dining rules. Businesses that request the expansion are asked to email email@example.com
“Additionally, Mizner Park is closing their main throughway to northbound and southbound traffic, providing more space for restaurants to create outdoor seating areas. Plazas such as Glades Plaza, Royal Palm Place and Town Center can utilize parking spaces around their buildings to expand their seating,” the city said in a statement. “We are hoping this creates a new open-air experience that will make residents/diners feel safe when venturing out.”
By Marci Shatzman