Love Street in Jupiter: Sept. 7 is the final vote

Wearing red shirts, opponents have attended town council meetings and said the plan will bring too much traffic and pollution to Jupiter’s Inlet Village.

Finally — after three years of revisions, lawsuits and public hearings — the Love Street plan to build an outdoor marketplace on the Jupiter Inlet is scheduled for a final vote before the town council Thursday, Sept. 7.

See full story in The Palm Beach Post.

Love Street developer Charles Modica says the outdoor marketplace will bring recreation, jobs and tax revenue to Jupiter.

 

This Gardens restaurant is one of Venus Williams’ favorites

Christopher Slawson, owner of Christopher’s Kitchen in Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file photo)

When Venus Williams isn’t competing at Wimbledon or trotting the globe, she’s relishing the hot dining scene in her adopted hometown of Palm Beach Gardens.

Read the full interview here. 

The tennis star and BallenIsles resident gave a shout out to the popular vegan restaurant Christopher’s Kitchen in a Q&A with the New York Times this week. The eatery in the Midtown plaza on PGA Boulevard has a plant-based menu that’s friendly to Williams’ vegan diet.

RELATED: Christopher’s Kitchen owners open second Meraki Juice in Gardens

She told the Times her favorite dishes at Christopher’s are the raw vegetable lasagna and the smoothies.

Venus Williams and Dick Stockton atthe grand opening of the Wellington Tennis Center. Williams firm, V*Starr, designed the interior of the pro shop featuring her exclusive clothes line, Eleven. (Photo by Lois Spatz)

Christopher Slawson and his uncle Richard Slawson opened the restaurant in Midtown six and a half years ago. They branched out to include Meraki Juice Kitchens, first in West Palm Beach and then in Donald Ross Village in Palm Beach Gardens this June.

READ: Christopher’s Kitchen debuts new West Palm Beach juice bar

When the interviewer asked about her favorite vacation destination, she revealed she prefers more of a stay-cation.

“My favorite vacation destination is Palm Beach Gardens, where I live. People actually come to vacation here, and why wouldn’t they?” she told the Times.

The Q&A made no mention of a June 9 car crash involving Williams’ SUV and a couple’s Hyundai Accent on Northlake Boulevard between BallenIsles and Steeplechase.

Jerome Barson, 78, died two weeks after the crash. His widow, Linda, who was driving the Accent, is suing Williams.

At first, Palm Beach Gardens police declared Williams at fault for the accident. They later said she won’t be cited.

Surveillance video released July 7 showed a third car, a Nissan Altima, cutting left in front of Williams, forcing her to stop to avoid a crash. Police have not publicly identified the driver.

Learn about lionfish on Sunday at Loggerhead Center in Juno Beach

Lionfish are non-native to Florida (File photo)

The Second Annual Lionfish Festival is planned Sunday, Aug. 13 at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach.

Lionfish, fluttering fish that gulp up sea life from offshore reefs, were first found in off the Jupiter Inlet and into the Loxahatchee River in 2010.

Researchers call lionfish voracious predators that eat tiny shrimp, one of the food sources for juvenile grouper, snook, mullet and other sealife, as well as the small fish themselves.

The LMC event includes lionfish demonstrations and tastings, live music and a beer garden and more.

 

 

Nick’s Tomatoe Pie, tradition in north county, closes doors

 

Nick’s Tomatoe Pie, a quarter-century fixture Italian food in Sims Creek Plaza on the northside of Indiantown Road, is closed.

The restaurant, which employed about 60 people just east of Center Street, shut down about two weeks ago.

A hand-written sign in the window next to the entrance door reads:

“Nick’s Tomatoe Pie is officially closed. Thank you for supporting us over the years. Try our new restaurant Nick and Johnnies located at 14133 U.S. 1, Juno Beach Loggerhead Plaza, also known as the old Classico.”

The owner, Nick Chiantese, had planned on opening a new restaurant in Sims Plaza, just north of the current location, in the Hobby Shop and three adjacent bays. Outdoor seating and a bar were planned.

That plan has been abandoned, say sources. Chiantese could not be reached for comment.

About a year ago, a plan was submitted to the town to demolish the current restaurant after Nick’s left and replace it with a Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A restaurant.

The Chick-fil-A plan called for:

* Demolishing Nick’s current 8,000-square-foot restaurant.

* Building a new Chick-Fil-A about half the size with inside seating for 96 patrons.

* The new restaurant would have two drive-thru lanes. There would be no outdoor seating.

The town planning staff responded a month later with a “insufficiency letter” to Chick-fil-A calling for changes.

Chick-fil-A withdrew the plan.

Nick and Johnnies in Juno Beach – no connection to the Nick & Johnnie’s in Palm Beach — is owned by Chiantese with former Jupiter Inlet Colony Mayor John Zuccarelli.

National chain restaurant is moving into former Wendy’s in Tequesta

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Formerly Wendy’s restaurant, the building in Countyline Plaza in Tequesta has been vacant since December. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

The 3,400-square-foot restaurant is being renovated and will open by the end of the year as a new Dunkin’ Donuts, said Trish Naya Norene, the executive director of Countyline Plaza on the southwest corner of Countyline Road and U.S. 1.

The word is out on the street, she said.

“A gentleman came in the leasing office the other day. He was holding an empty coffee cup. He asked me when the new Dunkins was going to open,” said Norene.

The new Dunkins will have a drive-through window, as did the Wendy’s.

The closest Dunkins on U.S. 1 to the north is at Bridge Road in Hobe Sound.

To the south, Dunkins coffee lovers have to go to Alternate A1A and Indiantown Road.

“Popeye’s and other restaurants were interested. It’s a perfect spot for a Dunkins,” said Norene.

Wendy’s closed Dec. 26, said Norene.

The plaza, which has about 1,400 parking spaces, also contains a Publix, Chase Bank, Time to Eat Diner and Rocky’s Hardware store.

That section of U.S. 1 in Tequesta  —  from Countyline Road south to Beach Road in Jupiter — is scheduled for a major renovation.
Reducing the number of vehicle driving lanes on that section of U.S. 1 from six to four, dropping the speed limit, adding lighting and building new landscaping are planned.
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Is this development too big for little Hobe Sound?

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Artist rendering of Hobe Sound Station

HOBE SOUND – The developer says Hobe Sound Station will bring “a stylish retail center with the feel of Worth Avenue”  to a desolate section of U.S. 1.

But several locals in this laid back Martin County area say the new development of retail condos and offices is ringing the dinner bell for unwanted development.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Restaurant building planned to open early next year at Hobe Sound Station (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

 

Sprucing up–and slowing down–coming to Jupiter’s Indiantown Road?

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Bicycle lanes like this on northbound A1A in Jupiter’s Inlet Village could be coming to Indiantown Road east of U.S. 1. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

A $2 million plan to build bicycle lanes, landscaping, crosswalks and medians on Indiantown Road from Harbourside Place east to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre is inching forward in Jupiter.

Not only that, the speed limit could be reduced to 35 miles per hour from the current 45 miles per hour.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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The speed limit on Indiantown Road east of U.S. 1 could be reduced from current 45 MPH to 35 MPH (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

 

Former Pasquale’s restaurant moves closer to opening

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Construction at former Pasquale’s restaurant expected to be finished in mid-September (Photos/Bill DiPaolo)

About $1 million in remodeling at the former Pasquale’s restaurant, the once-popular, now-closed Italian eatery near the Jupiter/Tequesta line, is nearing completion.

“We figure to finish work in mid-September. Then we apply for permits to open,” said Peter Pace, co-owner of the company that owns the 1/2-acre property just west of North Alternate A1A on Cypress Drive last year.

The new 4,000-square-foot restaurant will be called Crosby Kitchen and Bar.

Pace, an Abacoa resident, and Rob Gillen, a New York City resident who is the other owner, paid about $456,000 for the property, according to county records.

“The food will be American bistro,” said Pace. “We’ll talk about the specifics of the menu as we get closer to opening.”

The 120-seat restaurant, with the storefront striped green, white and red — the colors in the Italian flag — had been operated by Joe and Wendy LoDuca since 1975.

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Pasquale restaurant closed in 2015

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Restaurant property is outlined in red

Jupiter’s Cinebowl developer may be booted from CityPlace

Jupiter-based Frank Entertainment, who won Jupiter town council approval on June 20 to build a 73,000-square-foot fun center in Abacoa, may be getting tossed out of their digs in CityPlace.

Read Alexandra Clough’s story in The Palm Beach Post.

CityPlace filed a Palm Beach County Circuit Court lawsuit on June 23, alleging Revolutions owes $429,801 in past due rent.

Frank Entertainment rents Revolutions Bowling Bar & Grille in CityPlace.

The $22 million Frank Enteetainment plan approved in Jupiter, CineBowl & Grille, calls for restaurants, bowling lanes, pool tables and a movie theater.

The 73,000-square-foot CineBowl & Grille includes:

  • 12-screen movie theater with 1,035 reclining seats
  • 20 bowling lanes
  • A billiards/arcade area totalling about 2,000 square feet
  • Two restaurants
  • Valet parking and drop-off area

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Jupiter restaurant partly owned by Michael Jordan takes shape

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Exterior work has started on 1000 North, the waterfront restaurant in Jupiter that will be partly owned by former NBA star Michael Jordan.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.