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Blue Moon Mexican Café open in Boca

Grab Mexican/American favorites at Blue Moon Mexican Café’s newest location in Boca Raton.

Located at 6897 SW 18th St., the restaurant is serving up Moon Fajita’s, Baja Chicken Tacos, Fish Tacos and the Burger Loco which is a half-pound burger cooked to perfection and topped with pulled pork, fried onion straws, sliced jalapenos and the famous queso sauce.

Blue Moon’s newest dishes include the Cauliflower Tacos, Zucchini Nachos and Tacos Verano which is grilled shrimp, pico de gallo, sliced avocado, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and topped with ancho aioli sauce.

The restaurant series all types of margaritas and has their own custom made barrel of tequila.

Blue Moon Mexican Café owner, Howard Felixbrod said, “On behalf of the Blue Moon staff, we are ecstatic to finally open in Boca Raton, this is a long time in the making. We thank the community for welcoming us and we look forward to serving new friends and seeing many of our current customers who live and vacation here in Florida.”

First Burtons Grill & Bar in Florida heading to Boca

Burtons Restaurant Group is coming to Boca Raton.

The group, founded by four restaurant industry professionals in 2005 is opening the first Burtons Grill & Bar in the state in Boca Raton’s Park Place shopping center, 5580 North Military Trail, next month.

“Consistency, integrity and passion guide us towards one simple goal: delight every guest, one at a time,” Burtons Grill and Bar Founder, President and CEO Kevin Harron said. “As we bring our largest restaurant to Florida, marking our 14 location, we’re looking forward to continuing to inspire our guests’ loyalty in the tradition of longtime neighborhood favorites.”

The menu features guest favorites alongside a nightly “Chef’s Whim” menu that gives chefs the freedom to showcase their own creative cooking techniques and unique seasonal dishes.

Burtons Grill & Bar is a leader in allergy awareness as the restaurant continues to develop menus that provide exceptional dining experiences for all guests. The restaurant menu features Vegetarian, Paleo and Gluten Free options, as well as half portions. They will also modify anything to a guest’s needs, wants or liking.

The {B} Choosy kids menu uses the USDA’s newest guidelines for nutrition and affords parents the opportunity to choose from a list of ingredients and cooking methods for preparing their child’s meal.

“Taking care of guests who have special needs or diets just feels right to us,” Harron said. “We do our best to be ‘best in class’ by making everyone happy to be here.”

Harron collaborated with Niemitz Design Group to design the 6,460-square-foot space, which will be open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The restaurant will have a total seating capacity of 248 indoors, including 173 dining room seats and 31 seats at the bar. An outdoor patio complete with a water feature will accommodate an additional 75 guests at dining tables and a soft-seating area, plus 11 at the bar.

Winston Guerrero will serve as executive chef at Burtons Grill & Bar in Boca Raton.

The restaurant is now hiring more than 80 local residents. Applications to join the Burtons Grill team are currently being accepted for all positions including servers, bartenders, hosts, cooks and kitchen staff.

Caffe Luna Rosa offers two new sandwiches

Head to Delray’s Caffe Luna Rosa to taste two new sandwiches on the menu.

The OMG It’s-Not-a-Burger Burger, which looks, sizzles and tastes like a real backyard burger, is a veggie burger  served on a locally baked roll and comes with chipotle aioli sauce as well as lettuce, tomato and pickles, accompanied by either fresh fruit or French fries.

“What makes this veggie burger transformation for even the most die-hard meat eater is that it not only looks so much like a real burger, it has the juicy taste and texture of an actual fresh-off-the-grill summer picnic burger,” executive chef Ernie DeBlasi said.

Also new to the menu is the lol LOL Double-Clucker chicken sandwich.

Featuring an organic beer-battered chicken breast, soaked overnight in a special marinade by Day Chef Marvin Barrera, the LOL Double-Clucker is served on a fresh Kaiser Roll with lettuce, pickles and the chipotle aioli sauce, all accompanied by the diner’s choice of either crispy French fries or creamy coleslaw.

“It’s the flavor of Chef Marvin’s special marinade combined with the crispiness of the beer-batter that makes this chicken sandwich so mouth-wateringly memorable,” DeBlasi said.

Prezzo to return

After Rappy’s Deli failed to garner support after several months of service, restaurateur Burt Rapoport now has plans to bring back Italian restaurant Prezzo.

Those around in 1989 will remember Prezzo, the restaurant run by duo Rapoport and Dennis Max.

Now, the restaurant will be brought back to the new location at 5560 N. Military Trail at the Park Place shopping center.

The restaurant is slated to be open in the fall.

Restaurant group behind Ouza Bar to bring new concept to Boca

The Atlas Restaurant Group is bringing another concept to Mizner Park.

Loch Bar, which is projected to open by the end of the year, is a 5,500-square-foot restaurant that will reflect the core values of Loch Bar’s flagship location in Baltimore.

“The reason we felt it was time to open a Loch Bar in Boca Raton is because of the overwhelming success we have experienced at our Ouzo Bay restaurant, including a 4- star review in South Florida’s Sun Sentinel and named ‘Best Mediterranean Restaurant’ by Boca Life Magazine,” says Atlas Restaurant Group owner Alex Smith. “Mizner Park offers the perfect location to expand our Atlas brand and continues to provide our familiar clientele with additional dining options.”

The 200-seat seafood tavern will offer an expanded food menu with hot and cold appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, and a raw bar that boasts over a dozen and a half varieties of east and west coast oysters that rotate daily. Loch Bar will also include 75 seats on an outdoor patio that stretches the length of the restaurant.

Loch Bar’s beverage program will offer a large selection of local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, wine, and “will have the largest whiskey list in the state of Florida,” according to Atlas Managing Partner Eric Smith who’s overseeing Loch Bar’s beverage program.

Loch Bar’s interior will be designed by Patrick Sutton and will have a classic nautical- influenced style with tufted red leather banquettes, marble tabletops, antique mirrors and lighting and brass accents. It will include a small stage that will host live music seven nights a week.

“We’re excited to host live music 7 nights a week featuring some of the area’s most talented musicians,” says Managing Partner Derek Morrell who has overseen operations of Ouzo Bay.

With the addition of this new concept, Atlas Restaurant Group will have nine restaurants operating seven different concepts, employing more than 500 people.