By: Diane Emeott Korzen Contributing Writer
Area favorite restaurant Grand Lux Café at the Town Center Mall will soon double its outdoor seating area – from 58 outdoor seats to 116 outdoor seats when its outdoor expansion is complete.
Boca Raton City Council members unanimously supported the expansion last month.
The expansion involved approval to reduce the number of parking spaces that would be required from five to zero.
The current patio totals 940-square feet and will be increased to 2,140-square feet. The 1,200-square-foot expansion will accommodate 116 seats with six of them being handicap accessible.
“I see this as an improvement that will add some vibrancy,” said Council Member Andrea Levine O’Rourke. “My assessment is, there are less people shopping today,” she added, regarding approval of the technical deviation to no longer require five additional parking spaces.
Grand Lux has been at its Town Center Mall location since September 2006. Outdoor seating is said to be a common feature of all Grand Lux restaurants, with the outdoor expansion prompted by public demand.
“We have a real jewel in the Town Center Mall that is becoming more a lifestyle center,” Mayor Scott Singer said.
Singer said he had been to Grand Lux Café a number of times. Deputy Mayor Jeremy Rodgers said he had had beignets there.
The expansion will include a reconfigured walkway, expanded railing and posts and new, enhanced landscaping.