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.
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.
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.
“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.
Tiger Woods is rebranding his Jupiter restaurant as part of a push to create a centralized brand around the golfer’s business ventures.
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 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.”
PGA Commons will celebrate its 15th anniversary next month, and its businesses plan to mark the milestone with deals and discounts.
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 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
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.
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.”