Carl von Luger owner in town for talks with North Palm Beach leaders

Robert Dickert, owner of Carl Von Luger Steak and Seafood

The owner of the Carl Von Luger restaurant from Pennsylvania has been in North Palm Beach for the past few days, and not for vacation reasons.

Robert Dickert and his team have been in damage-control mode, talking to village officials about a nasty lawsuit that threatens to derail the deal to bring Dickert’s steak and seafood restaurant to the village’s planned $15 million new club house at 951 US 1.

The goal is to assuage village officials caught off-guard by the lawsuit filed against their club house restaurant operator, who has a contract with the village to operate two restaurants when the new club house is completed.

In May, Dickert and his Carl Von Luger restaurant were sued by Peter Luger Inc. of New York in federal court. The trademark infringement lawsuit alleges Carl Von Luger is ripping off the famed Luger steak house brand by appropriating the name.

The Luger name does have allure, but Dickert said in a recent interview he’s entitled to it.

It is a name that he says is part of his family tree: Peter Luger was his great-uncle. Dickert worked for a decade in the family restaurant, learning the trade in all manner of roles.

And in 2009, Dickert filed a trademark for the Carl Von Luger restaurant. Peter Luger Inc. didn’t object to the name and the restaurant, which has been in business in Scranton since 2011.

Word is that’s what the Dickert team is telling village officials, who reportedly still want Dickert operating two restaurants at the club house, as per the contract with him.

Village manager Andrew Lukasik could not be reached for comment. Dickert declined to comment.

The club house is set to be ready by December 2018.

Stay tuned for more details.

 

Should your neighborhood Outback, Bonefish or Carrabba’s close?

Outback Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouse

More than 40 Outback, Bonefish or Carrabba’s restaurants will be closing. Should your neighborhood place be one of those?

Bloomin’ Brands Inc., which owns the chains, said last Friday that it will close the restaurants located in various parts of the country.

In Palm Beach County:

Outback has six locations in Jupiter (103 A-1 US 1), Palm Beach Gardens (10933 N. Military Trail), Royal Palm Beach (11101 Southern Blvd.), Lake Worth (6266 Lantana Road), Delray Beach (1300 Linton Blvd.), and Boca Raton (6030 SW 18 Street).

Bonefish Grill has four locations in Palm Beach Gardens (4635 PGA Blvd.), Wellington (9897 Lake Worth Road), Boynton Beach (1880 N. Congress Ave.) and Boca Raton (21065 Powerline Road).

Carrabba’s Italian Grill has five locations in North Palm Beach (11201 US 1), Royal Palm Beach (11141 Southern Blvd.) Boynton Beach (1999 N. Congress Ave.), Delray (355 E. Linton Blvd.) Boca Raton (6909 SW 18 St.)

So, tell us, is your neighborhood location busy or dead? Would it be foolish to close it?

Bloomin’ Brands has not yet released a list of the restaurants that are to be closed. But, if you’re wondering what are the odds your local spot will be among the 40, the company owns more than 1,500 restaurant locations.

This retailer has closed its doors in The Gardens Mall

The Limited, a national women’s apparel chain, has closed its doors in The Gardens Mall.

The Gardens Mall
The Gardens Mall

The Palm Beach Gardens store is one a series of locations the company has closed in recent days. Columbus Business First reported this month that the clothing chain planned to lay off all 248 employees at its headquarters in New Albany, Ohio in the wake of lackluster sales.

On Thursday, the company’s website advertised 50 percent discounts, noting that all sales were final and that orders may take up to 10 business days to process.

All references to the chain had also been removed from The Gardens Mall’s website. The store was located next to Apple on the first level.

In an emailed statement, a mall spokeswoman did not address the closure, saying instead that the New Year would bring “exciting changes” to the upscale shopping hub.

The Gardens Mall (photo provided)
The Gardens Mall (photo provided)

“We are re-merchandising our shopping center to better align with our guests’ expectations,” the statement said. “While we have many new and enticing retailers to announce, I cannot share the specifics just yet. However, I can assure you that we are constantly listening to our customers and are striving to provide the shopping, service, and dining experiences that our clientele has come to expect from us. We take our commitment to our guests extremely seriously as we seek to deliver on the promise of exceptional experiences every day. We look forward to announcing these changes in the near future.”

The Limited was acquired by Boca Raton-based Sun Capital Partners in 2007.

In October, Limited CEO Diane Ellis left the company to become president of the Chico’s brand, another women’s clothing company.

 

Tiger Woods is rebranding his Jupiter restaurant; launching new parent brand

Tiger Woods is rebranding his Jupiter restaurant as part of a push to create a centralized brand around the golfer’s business ventures.

Tiger Woods  new restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, opened Monday at Harbourside Place in Jupiter. The 5,900 square-foot restaurant will focus on New American cuisine.
Tiger Woods new restaurant, The Woods Jupiter, opened Monday at Harbourside Place in Jupiter. The 5,900 square-foot restaurant will focus on New American cuisine.

Under the shift, The Woods Jupiter in Habourside Place will get a new logo, but will keep its name.

A centralized, parent brand called TGR (pronounced ‘T-G-R’) was launched to “unify” Woods’ current and future business ventures.

“Since spring 2015, Tiger has been developing TGR, a brand that will unite and strengthen his current businesses and future endeavors,” according to a press release announcing the effort. “Led by Tiger’s vision and inspired by his commitment to excellence on and off the golf course, TGR reflects the mindset, method, and mastery that have remained constant throughout his lifelong pursuit of excellence.”

The indoor/outdoor area (left) and the bar area (right) at The Woods Jupiter at Harbourside in Jupiter Monday, August 10, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
The indoor/outdoor area (left) and the bar area (right) at The Woods Jupiter at Harbourside in Jupiter Monday, August 10, 2015. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

The Woods opened in Aug. 2015.

“I’m thrilled with the success we’ve enjoyed in our first year,” Tiger Woods said in a prepared statement announcing the new parent brand. “TGR is a great reflection of what we do at The Woods – provide a premium experience that’s also fun and relaxed. I’m proud of the staff and what they’ve done in this first year, and I’m happy the local community has enjoyed it so much.”

Need a job? This company is hiring in northern Palm Beach County

Publix will hold a two-day job fair this month to fill positions at its stores in Jupiter, Tequesta, northern Palm Beach Gardens and southern Martin County.

080212 (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post) BOYNTON BEACH - A small crowd gathers outside the new Boynton Beach Publix in Sunshine Square before its garnd opening Thursday morning.
080212 (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post) BOYNTON BEACH – A small crowd gathers outside the new Boynton Beach Publix in Sunshine Square before its garnd opening Thursday morning.

Here are the details:

Dates:  Monday and Tuesday, October 17 & 18

Time:   10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day

Location: Store 228, Chasewood Plaza,  6330 W. Indiantown Rd., Jupiter, FL 33458

Job applicants can schedule an appointment at the job fair at publix.fullslate.com.

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PGA Commons celebrates 15th anniversary with deals, discounts

PGA Commons will celebrate its 15th anniversary next month, and its businesses plan to mark the milestone with deals and discounts.

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(Provided)

The mixed-use shopping and entertainment hub, located on PGA Boulevard west of Military Trail, opened its doors in Oct. 2001.

“We are proud to have created and remained active participants in this remarkable community for 15 years,” said Joel Channing co-founder of PGA Commons. “Since day one, PGA Commons has served as the area’s premier retail/social destination, and we are grateful for all the support we have received over the years. We are excited to celebrate this milestone with the community and look forward to a successful future together.”

PGA Commons said discounts and specials at participating stores and restaurants including (but are not limited to):

  • Bamboo Clothiers – $15 for all earrings.
  • Blowtox | A Blow Dry Bar – 15% off all color services.
  • Flourish Massage – 15% off 60-minute table massage or 60-minute table/foot massage combo.
  • Kabuki Sushi Thai Tapas – $15 PGA Roll (made specially for mall’s anniversary), with shrimp tempura, cucumber, avocado, cream cheese, topped with spicy tuna, tempura flakes, eel sauce, and spicy mayo.
  • Onessimo Fine Art – 15% off specific artists’ artwork.
  • Polished Nail Spa – 15% off a Deluxe Hot Stone Pedicure.
  • Prosecco Café – $15 selection of wines and prosecco by the bottle.
  • Revolution Dating – 15% off any membership package.
  • Spoto’s Oyster Bar – 15% off lunch or dinner check.
  • Studio E Gallery – 15% off any purchase.
  • The Tux Shop – $15 off a Private Collection tuxedo rental.
  • The Cooper – 15% off lunch check.

Five new restaurants and shop coming to Palm Beach Gardens

Five new restaurants and shop are set to open this year at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens.

Visitors to Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens enjoy a live music performance as part of Mainstreet at Midtown's Music on the Plaza concert series. (Photo provided by Mainstreet at Midtown)
Visitors to Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens enjoy a live music performance as part of Mainstreet at Midtown’s Music on the Plaza concert series.
(Photo provided by Mainstreet at Midtown)

Blaze Pizza, OXXO Care Cleaners, and Iconic Eye Care Center have already opened for business. Bonefish Grill and 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon are scheduled to open in August, according to a news release from Ram Realty Services and Mainstreet at Midtown.

The new tenants will occupy a combined 13,078 square feet, bringing total occupancy level at Midtown to 96.5 percent, the highest in the mixed-use center’s history, the news release said.

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Jo-Ann Fabrics offering giveaways, discounts to mark new store opening

Jo-Ann Fabrics will mark the opening of its new store in Palm Beach Gardens next week with “mystery giveaways” and discounts.

The retailer will open the store at 8:45 a.m. on April 28 in the Northlake Commons shopping plaza, just east of Interstate 95 and south of Northlake Boulevard.

Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts will occupy the former Tiger Direct electronics store at 3942 Northlake Blvd. instead of moving to a new store that was under construction in the Northlake Commons shopping center. A banner advertises its arrival. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)
Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts will occupy the former Tiger Direct electronics store at 3942 Northlake Blvd. instead of moving to a new store that was under construction in the Northlake Commons shopping center. A banner advertises its arrival. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

The grand opening celebration runs from Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30.

Weekend activities include:

  • Enter to Win – One $500 Jo-Ann Gift Card will be awarded each day
  • Mystery Giveaway – The first 120 guests each day will receive a Jo-Ann Gift Card ranging in value from $10-$250
  • Hot Savings – Special grand opening sales and offers throughout the store
  • Free Reusable Tote Bag – Each day, customers who spend $25 or more will receive a free tote bag (while supplies last)
  • Teacher Appreciation Day – All day Saturday; teachers receive 15% off their total purchase with current teacher ID
  • Make It-Take It  and Balloon Artist – Kids can make their own craft to take home on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (while supplies last), and also receive an artist-made balloon.

Science Center to hold free open house at Jupiter satellite location

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium plans to hold a free open house for the public on Saturday at its new satellite location in Jupiter’s Downtown Abacoa.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature the science center’s Discovery Dome Mobile Planetarium, Lego free play, and Robotics lessons.

Photo by Peter W. Cross Nights at the Museum's Sea-fari will include a squid dissection and clam lab, sand art and beach bubble crafts Friday at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Above, Andrew Nieves of Lake Worth pretends to hold his breath for the camera while inside the pop-up aquarium.
Photo by Peter W. Cross
Nights at the Museum’s Sea-fari will include a squid dissection and clam lab, sand art and beach bubble crafts Friday at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Above, Andrew Nieves of Lake Worth pretends to hold his breath for the camera while inside the pop-up aquarium.

The Science center plans to use the 2,000-square-foot studio space to hold youth camps, classes and other special events. The “STEM Studio” is located on Abacoa’s Main Street near its intersection with Crescent Drive near Crux Coffee Roasters, officials with the science center and Downtown Abacoa said.

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The center partnered with Bricks 4 Kidz, a national organization dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), to create the studio space. Both groups plan share the studio.

Bricks 4 Kidz will contribute to the studio’s workshops, classes and camps by providing Lego bricks, motors, robotics and other hands-on learning experiences. The space will also be used by other community partners.

Here is a schedule of events planned at the open house:

10am – 12 noon – “Circuit Play” –  Squishy Circuits, LED Wear-ables, Little Bits

12 noon – 1:45pm – Robotics (Lego Mindstorms, LEGO WeDO, cubelets, Mips, Ozobots)

2 – 4pm Discovery Dome Mobile Planetarium:

*         2pm – Losing the Dark and Constellations

*         2:30 – One World One Sky

*         3pm – Back to the Moon for Good

*         3:30pm Black Holes

Honda Classic sees record attendance

Even without crowd magnets Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy playing on the weekend, The Honda Classic drew a record-breaking number of spectators this year thanks to picture-perfect weather conditions, organizers said Monday.

Sergio Garcia reacts to putting his drive in the fairway on the 6th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on February 28, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
Sergio Garcia reacts to putting his drive in the fairway on the 6th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on February 28, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

This year’s week-long event attracted 202,128 spectators to PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, beating the pervious record set in 2014 – the last time the tournament had perfect weather. The 2014 tournament drew 193,052 people.

The weather was a reversal from last year’s tournament, when heavy rains and winds canceled a day of play and forced a Monday finish. This year’s attendance was 36,928 higher than the weather-plagued 2015 event, which drew 165,200 spectators.

“This is a tribute to the connection that The Honda Classic has made with the community,” Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. “People enjoy coming out to the tournament and they have a great time once they are here. It really has become the place to be every year and people keep bringing more of their friends.”

The annual tournament is the largest sporting event in Palm Beach County — drawing more spectators than any other game or athletic competition.

Organizers estimate the event pumps roughly $45 million into the local economy each year.