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Junior’s shutters Mizner location

Junior’s Restaurant & Cheesecake has closed its Mizner Park location.

The restaurant shut its doors at the end of June. Mizner also lost Truluck’s and Uncle Julio’s this year.

Junior’s owner Alan Rosen posted this statement to customers, “To the Boca Raton Community, With regret, we must announce that this restaurant is permanently closed for business. We are truly thankful for the opportunity to serve you and apologize for any inconvenience caused. It is our sincere hope to be able to serve you in the future at one of our current or future locations.”

BurgerFi opens in Boca

West Boca Raton now has a BurgerFi.

The first Boca location can be found at 6919 SW 18 St., Suite 105 in the newly renovated Boardwalk at Boca Raton.

Husband and wife duo Mark and Michele McCauley, fell in love with the all-natural concept of BurgerFi when they opened their first location in Atlanta back in 2014. After living in Boca Raton for nearly 30 years where they have raised their five children, the McCauley’s are excited to bring the concept back to their hometown.

“We are excited to open our second BurgerFi right in our backyard and provide the Boca Raton community with a closer location where they can enjoy our all-natural better burgers,” said franchisee Michele McCauley. “We’ve been a part of the BurgerFi family for over four years and truly believe in the experience we provide. We look forward to becoming the new go-to burger destination and offering a fun, family dining experience.”

The 2,450-square-foot restaurant has a seating capacity for approximately 93 patrons both inside their dining room and partial covered patio seating. The space also features various eco-friendly elements including: Picnic and four-top tables made from over 700,000 upcycled milk jugs; industrial-style chairs with select red chairs made of 111 upcycled Coca-Cola bottles; wood panel walls made from the most renewable timber available —No. 2 southern pine lumber; a 10-foot fan that consumes 88 percent less energy; and 100 percent energy efficient LED lighting.

New summer cocktails at Louie Bossi

Louie Bossi’s Ristorante has two new summer cocktails, the Almond Espresso Martini with Bailey Almond, Lavazza coffee and Vanilla Vodka ($12) and the Local Strawberry Mojito with Local Oak & Cane Rum, local strawberries and fresh mint ($12).

The restaurant also has a new house-made Traverse Cities Bourbon infused with cherry juice and orange bitters which will be included in the Signature House Old Fashioned.

Bottomless cocktails on The Locale brunch menu

You can have bottomless mimosas, bellinis, bloody Mary’s or Funky Buddha Floridian for $14 when you eat Sunday brunch at The Locale.

Brunch, which features classic dishes with a Latin twist, is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

As for the food, brunch highlights range from the familiar to the non-traditional, including Latin Eggs Benedict with fried sweet plantains and yellow chili sauce, Breakfast Burger topped with a fried egg and avocado, and Berry Waffle with a white or dark chocolate ganache.

If you’re into sharing, order an assortment of Stuffed Flatbreads loaded with toppings, like the Carnivoro topped with arrabiata sauce, pancetta, pepperoni and sausage; or the Sweet Bread simply topped with guava and fresh white cheese.

Max’s Harvest closes

Max’s Harvest in Pineapple Grove closed its doors last month after a Sunday brunch service.

A farm-to-table concept, before that was a norm, opened in 2011 by restauranteur Dennis Max. Max left the restaurant about a year ago.

Booze Pops at The O.G.

Cool off with a Booze Pop or Frozen Sangria at Delray’s The O.G.

The O.G. combines childhood summer nostalgia with an adult alcohol edge with its new treats.

Having perfected the sugar vs. alcohol content, Challo Schott takes guests back in time with a grown-up makeover as they chew and sip through four unique pop flavors and an adult Capri Sun-styled Frozen Sangria. The drinks are equipped with BPA free, reusable straws.

Max’s Grille general managers join Ouzo Bay team

Hospitality veterans Laura Huron and Brian Bagley are now managing partners of Ouzo Bay. They join the team after years with Dennis Max and Mizner Park’s Max’s Grille.

“It’s the dawn of a new era for East Boca Raton and the Palm Beach County restaurant scene with Mizner Park and Downtown Boca Raton undergoing a hospitality renaissance,” said Eric Smith, Co-Founder of Atlas Restaurant Group, which owns Ouzo Bay. “Older, veteran brands are on their way out. The rise of the independent restaurateur and modernized menus is seeing many tenured individuals who have worked under celebrated market leaders now seeking to break out on their own to deliver something new to the active dining customers of Palm Beach County. With so many new residents arriving daily, we’re motivated to expand further in the area.”