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.

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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.

Here’s when Bolay is opening a restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens

Bolay, a new fast-casual eatery in Royal Palm Beach opening another location in Gardens, offers custom-built and DIY bowls of healthy options. (Contributed by Alissa Dragun/ Southmoon Photography)
Bolay, a fast-casual eatery in Royal Palm Beach opening a location in Gardens, offers custom-built and DIY bowls of healthy options. (Contributed by Alissa Dragun/ Southmoon Photography)

Healthy eaters, this is your paradise.

Bolay, the Royal Palm Beach restaurant famous for its build-your-own super-foods bowl concept, is opening its second location 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at 3333 Northlake Boulevard. The first 25 guests in line will get a free catered party for as many as 10 people at a date and location of their choosing.

Bolay offers seared proteins and vegan-friendly fresh side dishes. Bowl bases include gluten-free cilantro noodles, Peruvian quinoa and marinated kale and currant salad. Vegetable picks include roasted Brussels sprouts, smoky cauliflower and Cajun sweet potatoes. The selection of proteins will satisfy just about every kind of eater: Ponzu tuna, Caribbean-spiced steak, lemon chicken and miso-glazed tofu.

Wash the bowl down with cold-pressed juices or infused teas, then top it off with chocolate mousse, peanut butter Pots de Creme or gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.

Bonus: If you have a fussy eater in the family, the newest Bolay is just a few shops down from The Habit Burger Grill in the same Banyan Tree center at the corner of Northlake and MacArthur Boulevards across from Costco and the former Sports Authority.

Don’t want to wait in line? Bolay also offers online ordering at eatbolay.com. Catering to homes, offices, event spaces and weddings in the Palm Beach area is another option.

Bolay’s third restaurant will open at the Polo Club Shoppes in Boca Raton in January.

Here’s when exactly Bonefish Grill is opening at new Gardens spot

Bonefish Grill will open at Mainstreet at Midtown in August.
Bonefish Grill will open at Mainstreet at Midtown Monday.

It’s almost time for the new Bonefish Grill to open.

The seafood restaurant will welcome its first customers 4 p.m. Monday at Mainstreet at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens, according to a post on Midtown’s Facebook page. The location between J. Alexander’s and III Forks Steakhouse will replace the other one in Palm Beach Gardens in the Shoppes of Oakbrook shopping center on U.S. 1.

The new space will have 232 seats.

Bonefish Grill’s parent company, Tampa-based Bloomin’ Brands, in February announced a restructuring that would require the closure of more than a dozen of the grills. The company didn’t announce which ones would close. Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar are also owned by Bloomin’ Brands.

Bonefish Grill’s other Palm Beach County locations are in Boynton Beach, Boca Raton and Wellington.

New Thai restaurant opening in Gardens

The owner of Malakor Thai in West Palm Beach's Northwood neighborhood is almost ready to open a Thai, sushi and noodle bar in Palm Beach Gardens. The restaurant in the Trader Joe's plaza will be called Kao Gang. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)
The owner of Malakor Thai in West Palm Beach’s Northwood neighborhood is almost ready to open a Thai, sushi and noodle bar in Palm Beach Gardens. The restaurant in the Trader Joe’s plaza will be called Kao Gang. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

The owner of a popular Thai restaurant in West Palm Beach’s Northwood neighborhood is opening a spin-off in Palm Beach Gardens.

Malakor Thai creator Billy Manthy plans to open Kao Gang, a Thai, sushi and noodle bar, at 2626 PGA Blvd. in August. It’s in the same shopping center as Trader Joe’s next to the European Wax Center and Raw Juce behind Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza.

Kao Gang will serve authentic Thai dishes created by master chefs Tutu Sarjai and Noopy Areerak, according to a video promoting the restaurant‘s opening, which shows decorative fish adorning dark blue walls and a lily pad design on the floor.

Kao Gang, a sister to Malakor Thai in the Northwood neighborhood, is expected to open in Palm Beach Gardens in August.
Kao Gang, a sister to Malakor Thai in the Northwood neighborhood, is expected to open in Palm Beach Gardens in August.

A menu isn’t yet available on Kao Gang’s website. Thai dishes on the menu at sister restaurant Malakor Thai include pad Thai, lad nar noodles and pad kee mao (drunken noodles). Chef’s specials include Thai crispy duck, duck pad cha and red curry duck. If you’re not a fan of duck, there’s always the volcano shrimp.

Manthy, an artist, will also show off his works. He’s known for his murals and hand-crafted ceiling fan blades carved from leaves of tropical trees.

 

 

More big pizza news for Palm Beach Gardens: Pizza Girls is coming

For a quick bite, Pizza Girls offers indoor and outdoor dining on the West Palm Beach waterfront. There will be another location in Palm Beach Gardens.
For a quick bite, Pizza Girls offers indoor and outdoor dining on the West Palm Beach waterfront. There will be another location in Palm Beach Gardens.

A popular West Palm Beach pizza joint is opening a little north of home base.

Pizza Girls announced their plans for a second location in the Garden Square Shoppes at the corner of PGA Boulevard and Military Trail via a Facebook video Friday afternoon. The Publix-anchored shopping plaza is also home to Paddy Mac’s Irish restaurant and The Boulevard, a breakfast spot said to have been visited by Jerry Seinfeld.

The original Pizza Girls is at 114 S. Clematis Street between Sloan’s ice cream shop and Tin Fish Clematis. The Palm Beach Gardens spot will open this fall, the Pizza Girls said in their Facebook video, which concludes with “Have a sliced day.”

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, a growing chain with a connection to LeBron James, opened just down the street at Midtown in March.

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Now open: New juice bar and healthy eating option in Palm Beach Gardens

Raw Juce uses raw and organic fruits and veggies that are locally-sourced when possible. File photo by Taylor Jones
Raw Juce uses raw and organic fruits and veggies that are locally-sourced when possible. File photo by Taylor Jones

Healthy eating never tasted so good.

RAW JUCE, which sells juices, elixirs, salads and other treats, held its grand opening in Palm Beach Gardens this week. The juice bar in the PGA Plaza, 2616 PGA Blvd., hosts yoga and cleansing classes, according to its Facebook page.

All of its offerings have clever names. Take, for example, the square root (with beets) pressed juice or the Bee Green elixir (garnished with bee pollen).

People with a sweet tooth can still be healthy, too. The solid food menu includes raw peppermint patties and almond squares for dessert.

The original RAW JUCE is in Boca Raton, where another location had a grand opening last month.