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.

Syracuse pizza joint opening new spot in Gardens

Twin Trees III, a popular pizza and wings restaurant in North Syracuse, New York, is putting down roots in Palm Beach Gardens.

Twin Trees will open a Syracuse-style pizza restaurant in Promenade Plaza in the former Slice of Palm Beach Gardens north of Publix.  (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

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The new Italian casual restaurant is expected to open this month in Promenade Plaza on Alternate A1A and Lighthouse Drive, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page. It replaces the former Slice of Palm Beach Gardens next to Publix, on the north side.

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Bonnie and Lou Rescignano own Twin Trees III in North Syracuse and Twin Trees Cicero. The Palm Beach Gardens restaurant to be run by their daughter will be their third, according to Syracuse.com. The menu will include Utica greens, lasagna, wings, salads and sandwiches, Bonnie Rescignano told Syracuse.com.

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Their pizza with a thick crust cooked in a pan is a favorite in the hometown, with customers ranking it in the “Elite Eight” and reviewers raving about its perfectly melted cheese and blended flavor. They’re consistent, using the same type of mozzarella cheese, sauce and meat for 20 years, they said.

The pizza is cut into strips rather than triangles.

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.