Restaurant Roundup New Dining Room Planned For Boca’s Max’s Grille

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Max’s Grille will have a new look soon.

The Mizner Park restaurant is undergoing phase one of a two-part summer renovation, which began last month.

The front dining room, the indoor and outdoor bar area and the entire patio will remain open for the duration of the renovation, while the “Great Room” will temporarily be closed as it undergoes a series of design changes.

Renovations are expected to last until September.

“Our goal was to update the vibe while maintaining a timeless aesthetic,” said Pam Manhas of Manhas Designs, one of the region’s leading restaurant & hospitality design firms. “Max’s Grille guests have enjoyed dining there for nearly three decades. We wanted to maintain the comfort and familiarity of the space while giving the design a fresh approach.”

The focal point of the new design for the “Great Room” will be the addition of a new 16-foot-tall service bar. Boasting an illuminated liquor display wall with a custom sliding ladder, the new bar energizes the room while providing speedy bar service for the dining room and patio tables.

Plus, a new custom abstract mural by local renowned artist, Ruben Ubiera, and pendant lighting will add a dramatic element to the room. The old service bar structure, the large white drapes and wooden shutters covering the interior windows will all be removed.

“With the Grille’s 30-year anniversary approaching in 2021, we wanted to really modernize the space and add some ‘wow’ elements,” says managing partner, Burt Rapoport, president of Rapoport’s Restaurant Group. “In addition to that, the structural changes will help make the dining room service much more efficient than before.”

Additionally, all tables, chairs and bar stools will be replaced with new ones throughout the entire restaurant. An oversized, half-moon booth will take the place of the old service bar and every wall will receive a fresh coat of paint and new lighting fixtures throughout.

Phase two of the renovations will focus on the outdoor patio and bar area, scheduled for the summer of 2020.

Duffy’s debuts new menu, options for game day bites, vegans, more

Just in time for football season, Duffy’s Sports Grill has made some menu updates that will hit the stomach on game day.

But some of the changes are not the obvious tailgate choices, like the new signature fajitas or the lobster mac and cheese.

About twice a year, the restaurant adds new dishes, brings back old favorites and switches it up. This summer, local Duffy’s representatives from the Delray location say the menu update was a significant one.

When it comes to wings, Duffy’s now offers over a dozen sauce options. A new sauce, Florida Heat Wave, created in house offers a burst of flavor that packs a punch of heat with a blend of dry and wet rubs. A new lemon pepper is an option that is not a standard dry rub, but a blend as well.

A new menu item that is performing surprisingly well is the Impossible Burger. Duffy’s added the burger and it has quickly become the No. 2 selling burger on the menu.

The most popular entree currently? Sizzling fajitas that come with chicken, steak, shrimp or a combination. Alongside the protein, the peppers are grown locally as is the micro-cilantro.

A return to the menu is the lobster mac and cheese, which is a popular patron choice.

The No. 1 selling sandwich is the French dip. And the new Mahi rueben gives a South Florida spin to a staple sandwich.

And of course, you can’t go wrong with ordering an oversized pretzel with cheese dipping sauce to start off your meal.

Duffy’s has 34 locations including restaurants in Delray and Boca.