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