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Update on new restaurants in Boca Center and nearby hotel

If you’ve been watching the former Uncle Tai’s space in Boca Center, you’ll see Copperfish Kitchen is coming in.

An early October opening is expected for the upscale seafood restaurant and lounge, said Giana Pacinelli, marketing director for center owner Crocker Partners.

Next to Rocco’s Tacos, Uncle Tai’s closed last July after 32 years when the owner retired.

Copperfish Kitchen will have 6,700 square feet of space and an adjoining patio, according to a Prakas & Co. announcement. A quiet seating area and private dining room are also in the works. The restaurant will be open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Just Salad will open by year’s end, Pacinelli said. The casual restaurant will move next to clothiers Guy La Ferrera and Scout & Molly’s. Morton’s the Steakhouse, Panera and Total Wine are also along that strip.

Based in New York, the chain was founded in 2006. It now has 30 locations and serves salads, wraps, smoothies, soups, grain bowls, market plates and toast boxes.

“There is no news yet to report for Joseph’s [Classic Market] but we are pursuing a few opportunities,” Pacinelli said.

On the entrance corner to Boca Center on Military Trail, Joseph’s will eventually relocate. The food market will expand into the combined former Pinon Grill and Blue Martini spaces at nearby Town Center at Boca Raton mall. A February 2020 opening is expected, according to the mall.

Prakas & Co. also announced the Meat Market will open in the nearby Renaissance Hotel at 2000 NW 19th St. next spring 2020.

The restaurant is described as a “feminine-friendly modern steakhouse with a happening bar scene.” It will service the hotel’s new, outdoor pool, pool bar and surrounding area, undergoing a $1.5 million renovation, according to Prakas & Co.

Copperfish Kitchen is owned and operated by the Anagoustou family, a Baltimore-based restaurateur and seafood wholesaler, Prakas & Co. said.

Prakas is a full-service restaurant concierge brokerage headquartered in Boca Raton.


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