They're calling it the "Great Culinary Migration" — a nod to the dozens of high-profile establishments, renowned restauranteurs, and top-name chefs that are making the move to Palm Beach County.
This year, they include the first Felicé outside of New York, the only expansion seen for Harry’s and Adrienne’s, and the introduction of the Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant group to the Palm Beach area.
And it's not just a recent phenomenon. In the past few years, West Palm Beach has seen a significant transformation into a world-class destination, attracting the most established and esteemed chefs.
At the forefront sits Related Southeast, a Palm Beach County-based real estate developer that has been working to attract upscale firms and talent to the West Palm Beach market. The area, recently dubbed "Wall Street South," is one the firm believes is set to be among the fastest growing commercial, retail, culinary, art, and tourism destinations in the nation.
Their holdings include 360 Rosemary, CityPlace Tower, Esperanté, Philips Point, and the forthcoming 1 Flagler, as well as longtime destinations like Rosemary Square, Hilton West Palm Beach, RH West Palm, and the historic Harriett Himmel Theater.
The dynamic neighborhood has recently undergone a $700 million transformation designed to foster culture and enrich the community with lush green spaces, a diverse mix of retail and culinary offerings, and the largest concentration of public art installed by a private company in Palm Beach County, featuring renowned artists such as Yinka Shonibare, CBE, and Jeppe Hein.
As part of its work, last month Related Southeast announced the arrival of a half-dozen new dining concepts that will bring some of the nation's top chefs' to West Palm Beach.
They include Harry’s, the celebrated Wall Street’s institution for half of a century as well as sister Italian pizzeria Adrienne’s Pizzarbar; Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants which will open its first restaurant in West Palm Beach with RPM Italian; Felice under the SA Hospitality Group opening their first location outside of New York; Estiatorio Milos, one of the world's finest Mediterranean seafood restaurants by acclaimed Chef Costas Spiliadis; and Tacombi, the neighborhood taqueria whose mission is to connect people to Mexico through exceptional hospitality.
"As the neighborhood evolves into a dynamic destination where there’s as much of a demand for power lunches as weekend family brunches, we could not be more pleased with the newest wave of announcements. Adding more than 42,000-square-feet of new dining space and booming with talent from established restauranteurs, these forthcoming openings signal a bright future for the neighborhood’s culinary scene," Related Southeast partner Gopal Rajegowda tells News Break.
Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants will open its first restaurant in West Palm Beach with RPM Italian situated on the first floor of Philips Point. The modern Italian restaurant will focus on handmade pastas, steaks and fresh seafood. This upcoming expansion marks the fourth location of RPM Italian, and will be the seventh in the RPM brand of restaurants from R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman and partners, Bill and Giuliana Rancic. The space will be designed by the award-winning Rockwell Group, and the restaurant will feature expansive indoor outdoor dining options including an 8,000-square-foot outdoor terrace, a lively outdoor bar and lounge, and waterfront views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Island of Palm Beach.
With New York restaurants migrating south and accelerating the rise of Florida’s culinary scene, one of the most prestigious restauranteurs in Manhattan will be making its West Palm Beach debut. Anchoring the newly opened 360 Rosemary, located at 360 Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, will be the iconic New York City dining institution Harry’s and sister pizzeria, Adrienne’s Pizzabar, both set to debut later this year. As the only outposts of Manhattan’s praised restaurants, the openings of both establishments are set to bolster an energy reminiscent of New York’s Financial District filled with power lunches, business meetings, after-work happy hours and weekend family brunches. The space will bring Harry’s staple dishes and whiskey lockers as well as old-fashioned square pizzas from Stone Street to the thriving Downtown West Palm Beach district. Sharing the combined 10,000-square-foot space and working in tandem, diners will be able to mix and mingle between the two restaurants.
Estiatorio Milos, with a commitment to the freshest, most flavorful fish flown in daily from the Greek islands, Milos will be the culinary anchor at One Flagler upon opening in 2023 at 154 Lakeview Ave. in West Palm Beach. Helmed by acclaimed Chef Costas Spiliadis, the restaurant's indoor and outdoor, airy and elegant setting is reminiscent of the Greek islands.
Felice originally opened in New York City in 2007 by SA Hospitality Group partner Jacopo Giustiniani, and will soon serve Tuscan inspired cuisine in West Palm Beach’s 360 Rosemary situated steps from The Square. This marks Felice’s first location outside of New York and is anticipated to open later this year.
Tacombi was founded in 2006 as a taco stand on the beach in Mexico. The neighborhood taquerias are limited-service restaurants that offer tacos, ice-cold beer, cocktails, and freshly squeezed juices in unexpected, lively settings. Tacombi will open in 2023 at 575 Rosemary, a state of the art, luxury residential building in the heart of The Square.
The latest additions to Related Southeast’s West Palm Beach dining collection join an esteemed group of more than 25 restaurants and food concepts by industry leaders, renowned chefs and restauranters who are paving the way for the future of dining in downtown West Palm Beach.
The Square recently opened the 100 percent vegan restaurant Planta, led by founder and CEO Steven Salm, and co-founder and executive chef David Lee. Likewise, True Food Kitchen has opened, featuring a health-forward menu created by an integrative medicine expert, Dr. Andrew Weil; a location for the national fast-casual salad chain sweetgreen, offering 60-seats with indoor and outdoor dining areas, whose mission-driven company plans to partner with small and mid-size sustainable, local farms; a third location of El Camino, inspired by the culture and the heritage of Mexico and slated to debut this summer; and The Salty Donut bakery, specializing in chef-made, small-batch, craft donuts that rotate based on seasonality and artisanal coffee.