Movies, bowling and more approved in Jupiter’s Abacoa

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Despite concerns about parking, the town council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $22 million plan for CineBowl & Grille, an Abacoa entertainment center with restaurants, bowling lanes, pool tables and a movie theater.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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$22 M entertainment center up for final vote Tuesday in Jupiter

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IMAX theater would have about 300 seats (Photo/Gary Corannado)

A $22 million plan for restaurants, bowling lanes and a 12-screen movie theater in Jupiter’s Abacoa — with an IMAX — is up for final approval at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. council meeting.

“(The entertainment center) will bring back the live/work/play idea of Abacoa. It will be the anchor tenant downtown Abacoa needs,” said Scott Hedge, the project manager.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Locals at Harbourside in Jupiter react to Woods arrest

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The woods restaurant in Harbourside Place in Jupiter (Photo/Bruce Bennett)

Sympathy and disdain were among the emotions from patrons to Tiger Woods’ restaurant and visitors to Harbourside Place the day after the golfer was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

Rustic Inn Crabhouse out on Jupiter Inlet, new upscale business coming in

Lessing’s Hospitality Group executive says this view will draw customers for weddings and other events (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Now that the Rustic Inn Seafood Crabhouse is closed, what’s going to happen to that building on some of the primest waterfront property in north county?

Refurbishing is underway for a fall opening of the former Park Avenue BBQ & Grille on U.S. 1 in Tequesta. The new restaurant will be called Lou’s Bar & Grill.

“We’re putting a lot of work into the inside of the building,” said Modica, a Hobe Sound resident.

The one-acre property was purchased by Hobe Sound-based 236 US Highway One, llc for $960,000 in November, according to Palm Beach county property records. Modica is listed as the title manager of the company, according to state records.

Lou’s Bar & Grill, which will feature worldwide foods that suit coastal Florida, is expected to open in late summer. Indoor and outdoor seating, including a tiki area, are planned.

“We’ll be offering fresh, clean, and health-conscious food with a menu that is family-friendly and designed to suit all occasions. We’ll be offering a casual fine dining experience with lunch and dinner served daily, and Sunday brunch,” according to an e-mail from Kareem Kablouti, who is handling the public relations and social media for the restaurant.

“We’ll have space for parties of all sizes. There will be craft beer, wine, and daily happy hour food specials offered at our bar and in our relaxed lounge area,” according to Kablouti’s e-mail.

The other three parcels owned by Modica, all on the Jupiter Inlet, are:

Love Street. The town has approved a plan for retail/offices, restaurants, a boardwalk for the four-acre parcel overlooking the Jupiter Inlet.

Suni Sands. An historic-style inn is planned for the 10-acre Suni Sands property, along with a boathouse. Modica bought the property for about $16 million in 2014. No plans have been submitted.

Rustic Inn Crabhouse restaurant. Modica bought the four-acre restaurant property last November for $8.3 million. The Rustic Inn closed Saturday.

Modica wants to link the properties on the Jupiter Inlet into an ecotourism destination.

“I want to get away from the cement, dining and drinking on the waterfront. We’re going to keep the kayak rental, the beach and the fishing boats. There will be a connection to Riverwalk. Love Street will set the stage to get this theme going,” Modica has told The Palm Beach Post.

Park Avenue BBQ in Tequesta closed the fall of 2015 at the location, on the west side of U.S. 1 , south of Tequesta Drive.

After closing the Tequesta PA BBQ, owner Dean Lavalee in April, 2016 opened a new PA on the north side of Indiantown Road in Jupiter West Plaza, just east of I-95 in Jupiter.

The new menu at Lou’s Bar & Grill is expected to be more upscale than PA BBQ. That’s a smart move, said Lavalee.

“Tequesta is a more affluent area when we opened our restaurant. I expect they will do well,” said Lavalee.

Lavalee, who started PA BBQ in Lake Park in 1988, now has seven restaurants. He plans to open his eighth restaurant in the Palm Palm Beach Gardens Mall this summer.

A PA BBQ in Jupiter Farms closed in 2009.

 

New York catering company plans major refurbishing to inside of the former Rustic Inn Seafood Crabhouse restaurant in Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Charles Modica buys another property in north county

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Charles Modica, the Hobe Sound resident who owns Suni Sands, Love Street and the Rustic Inn Crabhouse restaurant in Jupiter, has bought his fourth parcel —  which adds up to about 19 acres in north county.

Refurbishing is underway for a fall opening of the former Park Avenue BBQ & Grille on U.S. 1 in Tequesta. The new restaurant will be called Lou’s Bar & Grill.

“We’re putting a lot of work into the inside of the building,” said Modica, a Hobe Sound resident.

The one-acre property was purchased by Hobe Sound-based 236 US Highway One, llc for $960,000 in November, according to Palm Beach county property records. Modica is listed as the title manager of the company, according to state records.

Lou’s Bar & Grill, which will feature worldwide foods that suit coastal Florida, is expected to open in late summer. Indoor and outdoor seating, including a tiki area, are planned.

“We’ll be offering fresh, clean, and health-conscious food with a menu that is family-friendly and designed to suit all occasions. We’ll be offering a casual fine dining experience with lunch and dinner served daily, and Sunday brunch,” according to an e-mail from Kareem Kablouti, who is handling the public relations and social media for the restaurant.

“We’ll have space for parties of all sizes. There will be craft beer, wine, and daily happy hour food specials offered at our bar and in our relaxed lounge area,” according to Kablouti’s e-mail.

The other three parcels owned by Modica, all on the Jupiter Inlet, are:

  • Love Street. The town has approved a plan for retail/offices, restaurants, a boardwalk for the four-acre parcel overlooking the Jupiter Inlet.
  • Suni Sands. An historic-style inn is planned for the 10-acre Suni Sands property, along with a boathouse. Modica bought the property for about $16 million in 2014. No plans have been submitted.
  • Rustic Inn Crabhouse restaurant. Modica bought the four-acre restaurant property last November for $8.3 million. The Rustic Inn closed Saturday.

Modica wants to link the properties on the Jupiter Inlet into an ecotourism destination.

“I want to get away from the cement, dining and drinking on the waterfront. We’re going to keep the kayak rental, the beach and the fishing boats. There will be a connection to Riverwalk. Love Street will set the stage to get this theme going,” Modica has told The Palm Beach Post.

Park Avenue BBQ in Tequesta closed the fall of 2015 at the location, on the west side of U.S. 1 , south of Tequesta Drive.

After closing the Tequesta PA BBQ, owner Dean Lavalee in April, 2016 opened a new PA on the north side of Indiantown Road in Jupiter West Plaza, just east of I-95 in Jupiter.

The new menu at Lou’s Bar & Grill is expected to be more upscale than PA BBQ. That’s a smart move, said Lavalee.

“Tequesta is a more affluent area when we opened our restaurant. I expect they will do well,” said Lavalee.

Lavalee, who started PA BBQ in Lake Park in 1988, now has seven restaurants. He plans to open his eighth restaurant in the Palm Palm Beach Gardens Mall this summer.

A PA BBQ in Jupiter Farms closed in 2009.

 

Former PAThe former Park Avenue BBQ & Grille in Tequesta is being refurbished and is expected to open as Lou’s Bar & Grill in the fall (Photo/Bill DiPaolo) 

Didn’t Harbourside and Shoppes of Jupiter just do this dance?

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Signs at Shoppes of Jupiter (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

The owners of Harbourside Place and the Shoppes of Jupiter are at it again — arguing over parking on U.S. 1.

Shoppes of Jupiter is located across U.S. 1 from Harbourside Place.

A battle started in the summer of 2015 when the owner of the The Shoppes of Jupiter shopping plaza charged Harbourside Place patrons snatching parking spaces from his lot.

Orange signs with black lettering reading “No Harbourside Parking” were placed.

Friday night, the signs were back.

Is there a parking problem? It depends on who you ask.

No, said one Shoppes of Jupiter store owner. Harbourside Place patrons spend money in my store.

Yes, said another. Harbourside Place patrons take my customers parking spaces, he said.

Two years ago, detente was reached after Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow met with the Shoppes of Jupiter general manager.

The signs came down.

“(Jupiter Police) will be working on a parking plan to protect (Shoppes of Jupiter) spaces for his customers during special events at Harbourside,” according to an e-mail from then-Town Manager Andy Lukasik.

 

 

Food/Wine Fest hosted by Friends of Jupiter Beach on Saturday

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Friends of Jupiter Beach volunteers hold monthly beach cleanups to support Dog Beach north of Marcinski Road

Tickets are on sale for the Friends of Jupiter Beach 8th Annual Food and Wine Festival scheduled for May 20 at the Jupiter Riverwalk Plaza Down Under below the Indiantown Road Bridge.

General Admission Ticket prices are $50 in advance (if purchased by 5 p.m. on May 19), $65 at the door and $20 for children 12 and under.

VIP Tickets are $100. Only 100 will be sold.   VIP ticket holders will enjoy reserved parking near the festival, early entrance at 2:30 pm via a designated VIP entrance, specially prepared food and beverages.

All proceeds from the event and raffle will benefit Friends of Jupiter Beach, an organization dedicated to preserving a clean and dog-friendly beach through emphasis on volunteerism and education.

For more information contact Karen Gray at (561) 744-2659 or go  to kgray@friendsofjupiterbeach.org.

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Shrimp, lobster and music this weekend in Stuart

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The Martin County Shrimp and Lobster Festival is planned this weekend at Memorial Park in downtown Stuart.

Tickets for the event are $10 per day and can be purchased at  ShrimpandLobsterFest.com.

VIP tickets are also available for $38.  Doors open at 5pm on Friday, May 12th.

For sponsorship or vendor information, contact Felice Firestone  at (248) 943-2626 or e-mail Felice@goldengatecompanies.com.

The festival features artisans and crafters in categories including clay, digital art, drawing and pastels, fiber, glass, leather, mixed media, photography, sculpture and wood.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a pair of gently used sneakers of any size. For every pair donated, those who donate receive a free bottle of water.

The Max Cure Foundation will receive money from a recycler of affordable used clothing allowing MCF to donate towards advancing the fight against pediatric cancer.

To volunteer for the Shrimp and Lobster Festival, please call 248-943-2626 or email felice@goldengatecompanies.com.

For all other information, go to www.shrimpandlobsterfest.com.

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Last chance: Stone crab season closes May 16

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The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15.

Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15.

This five-month closure occurs each year during the peak spawning season to help conserve and sustain Florida’s valuable stone crab resource.

Commercially harvested stone crab claws may be possessed and sold during the closed season, but only if they have been placed in inventory prior to May 16 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer.

Stone crab traps must be removed from the water within five days after the close of the stone crab season unless a special extension is granted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Stone crab claws cannot be harvested from traps pulled after the season closes.

Learn more about the season by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and clicking on “Saltwater Fishing,” and then either “Recreational Regulations” or “Commercial.”

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What’s the construction at McDonald’s at I95/Indiantown Rd in Jupiter?

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In case you’re wondering…
Renovations are underway to add two additional signs and an additional drive-through lane at McDonald’s restaurant on the south side of Indiantown Road just east of I-95.
The plan also calls for the restaurant to dedicate a six-foot parcel along Roosevelt Road that the town would use in the expansion of South Island Way.
New landscaping, decorative lighting and remodeling of the building are being done.
BTW, the restaurant is open during construction.
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McDonald’s restaurant is outlined in red