2016-08-18 / Cuisine

Bonefish hooks up at Midtown; Lynora’s coming to Jupiter

A section of the bar at The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens. 
LIBBYVISION A section of the bar at The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens. LIBBYVISION Bonefish Grill re-opened early this month in its new location, Mainstreet at Midtown, with a charity gesture, giving 50 percent of sales to the United Way of Palm Beach County. The community-based fund received $5,000.

The popular seafood restaurant moved from its spot in The Shoppes at Oakbrook on U.S. 1 to Midtown on

PGA Boulevard for its “bustling” environment, according to the managing partner, Jeremy


Though the size of the new restaurant is only 30 seats larger than the previous spot — 232 seats indoors and 34 on the patio — the big difference diners will see is the centerpiece horseshoe bar. It’s the first one of its size in a Bonefish Grill.

SARTWELL SARTWELL Modern décor features earth tones throughout, and a stainless steel wall sculpture of a bonefish with sequined scales. Tall sconces etched with mangrove trees used as a divider between the bar and main dining room are functional art.

Familiar faces will greet and serve diners, since the staff followed Mr. Sartwell to the new locale.

“I was lucky not to lose one server,” he said. “That’s been smooth, compared to other store openings.”

Things are somewhat different in the back of the house, once home to Cantina Laredo. “The kitchen staff has actually grown,” he said. “And at the previous store we had written tickets for orders; here, we have monitors.”

The electronics take a while to get used to, Mr. Sartwell said, but harder to learn is new placement of the equipment — “muscle memory” relearning, he calls it.

ABBENANTE ABBENANTE Open for dinner daily, lunch Monday through Saturday, and a Sunday brunch, the restaurant is offering a lighter summer menu, including wild sockeye salmon topped with spinach and bacon; dayboat scallops from Massachusetts, with a corn risotto; and hand-cut grouper topped with shrimp and a citrus aioli.

Special summer cocktails have fresh fruit — strawberries and blackberries in the strawberry Rose martini, and watermelon in the fresh watermelon martini using house-made cucumber vodka.

Bonefish Grill is a chain — a part of the Bloomin’ Brands restaurant family that includes Outback Steakhouse; it started in St. Petersburg. Wood-grilled seafood is the signature cuisine.

Lynora’s to open in Jupiter

CARNES CARNES Lynora’s, a long-time Palm Beach County Italian restaurant now on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, will add a second location in Jupiter on U.S. Highway 1.

The restaurant centered on matriarch Maria Abbenante’s culinary traditions had a 30-year run in west Lake Worth, where families met for pizza nights and meals of traditional pasta dishes.

After an eight-year absence, the family opened its new location in downtown

West Palm Beach in

2014, serving up old favorites like pizzas and pasta dishes, as well as “fusion” specials.

This fall, they plan to add their second location at 1548 N. U.S. Highway 1 in Jupiter.

Co-owner, and Maria Abbenante’s spouse, Rafaelle, said so many customers from the North County area asked for a second location closer to them, they obliged once they found the right spot.

The restaurant will have 70 seats, including a patio, with open kitchen and wood-burning oven.

A mid-October opening is planned; the restaurant will serve lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch.

In brief

Chef Clay Carnes is finishing the touches on his new Cholo Soy Cocina, a modern Mexican restaurant that will add to the growing group of dining spots on the Dixie

Highway corridor in

West Palm Beach.

The chef is a winner of the Food Network’s “Cutthroat

Kitchen,” and has been teaching cooking classes leading up to the September opening. . . . With lobster season in full swing, Spoto’s in PGA Commons is offering the “Lobsta’ Special” — a 2-pound Maine bug for $32.50 with sides. Call to reserve one as quantities are limited. . . . Also in PGA Commons, The Cooper has launched a new happy hour menu for night owls. For $5 to $12 a plate, those with the munchies can sate their cravings with Mexican street corn, chorizo cheese fries, beer-braised mussels, or a duck confit and black bean quesadilla — along with several others. Cocktails are only $6. These are offered daily at the bar and on the outdoor patio from 9 p.m. to close. ¦

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