This local resort is having a “flash sale” on rooms, golf packages

PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens will hold  a “flash sale” this week offering discounts of up to 25 percent off rooms and “stay-and-play golf packages.”

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The resort said the deals will be available between for stays between Aug. 28 and May 15, 2018.  The sale starts on Wednesday (Aug. 23).

According to the resort, rooms will be 25 percent off, while stay-and-play golf package rates will be 10 percent off.

To receive the discount, customers must book between 7 a.m.  Wednesday (Aug. 23) and 11:59 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 27). For more information call by calling 855.233.1444 or click here.

Could a Carl’s Prime steak house be coming to PBC soon?

Robert Dickert of Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood

Robert Dickert isn’t ready to give up on opening a steak house in Palm Beach County.

The owner of Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood in Scranton, Pa., has been shut out of a deal to open two restaurants at a planned new clubhouse in North Palm Beach.

And due to an unsuccessful trademark infringement fight with the famous Peter Luger Steak House in New York, he’s going to have to change the name of his restaurant, too, to Carl’s Prime.

 

Dickert said on Monday he decided to surrender his trademark and change the restaurant name to avoid a costly legal fight. He says he’s kin to Peter Luger, but will give up using the name in his business.

The brouhaha over the Carl Von Luger deal for North Palm Beach, and subsequent national attention over his fight with Peter Luger, hasn’t been all bad, however.

The restaurant’s profile has been raised to the point where it now is in demand by Palm Beach County landlords seeking a Carl’s Prime steak house, Dickert said.

“I’ve been talking to people,” he said. “Now everybody knows who I am….Bad news is good news for me.”

Thus far, Dickert said he’s talking to a property owner in North Palm Beach as well as a hotel in Boca Raton about opening a Carl’s Prime.

Neither deal is baked, per se, but Dickert is optimistic he’ll have a reason to come down to Palm Beach County soon, and not just to avoid the upcoming winters up north.

For the record, here’s what Dickert posted on the Carl Von Luger website, which must remove all reference to Luger by Oct. 28:

“In recent months an issue has arisen regarding our name and branding due to similarities to the New York based Peter Luger restaurants,” the statement said.

“As you know, our owner Robert Dickert is a third generation restaurateur with over forty years of passion in the restaurant industry. While we are flattered by any such comparison, we’d like to clarify that our restaurant and its owner are in no way affiliated with the Peter Luger restaurants. To eliminate any possibility of confusion, we are changing our name to Carl’s Prime.”

 

Gander Mountain to lay off all employees at Palm Beach Gardens store

Gander Mountain, an outdoor clothing and gear retailer, announced Thursday it plans to lay off all 59 employees at its Palm Beach Gardens store as part of its bankruptcy and sale to Camping World. 

A going out of business sale continues at the Gander Mountain store off of Northlake Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens on June 2, 2017. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

In a June 27 letter filed with the state and required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the company said the Palm Beach Gardens location is one of two Florida stores that will be closed as part of the sale. All 60 employees at Gander Mountain’s store in Lake Mary will also be laid off, the letter said.

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Employees at both locations will be laid off on Aug. 30, “or shortly thereafter, upon closing of these two stores,” the company said in its letter.

Gander Mountain filed for bankruptcy in March, and was bought by Camping World and a group of liquidators at a bankruptcy auction in late April.

In June, Camping World said it planned to reopen 57 of the stores “under the new Gander Outdoors and Overton’s brand” if it can work out acceptable lease terms with the landlords of those properties.

The Palm Beach Gardens location is not on the list of stores slated to reopen.

 

 

NEW: Carl Von Luger owner in town for talks with North Palm Beach leaders

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.

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

Robert Dickert, owner of Carl Von Luger Steak and Seafood

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. He worked for a decade in the family restaurant, learning the trade in all manner of role.

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And in 2009, he filed a trademark for the Carl Von Luger restaurant. Peter Luger didn’t object to the name and the restaurant, 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.

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

Stay tuned for more details.

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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.

 

TooJay’s plans gift card giveaway to mark grand opening of Stuart location

TooJay’s will mark the grand re-opening of its Stuart restaurant on Friday (June 2) by giving away $25 gift cards and a branded tumbler to the first 50 customers in line when the doors open at 8 a.m.

TooJay’s CEO Chris Artinian stand inside his location in Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens on October 24, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

The company, known for its homemade, New York-deli favorites, recently remodeled the Stuart restaurant to give it a more contemporary look.

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The remodeled restaurant, located at 2504 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, officially re-opened on May 23, but the celebration was set for Friday.

“We are so excited to unveil our fresh new look in our Stuart TooJay’s Deli, Bakery, Restaurant,” said TooJay’s CEO Chris Artinian.  “We value all of our Stuart guests and our 27 year relationship with the entire Stuart community serving Simply Great Food with Simply Great Experiences.”

A Reuben sandwich at TooJay’s Gourmet Deli. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Founded in 1981, TooJay’s has 27 restaurants throughout Florida including Palm Beach and Broward counties, the Treasure Coast, the West Coast of Florida, the Orlando area, The Villages, the Space Coast and Polk County.

Juno Beach landmark looking for a new owner

The Juno Surf Shop, a 52-year-old fixture in the Palm Beach County’s north end, is looking for a new owner.

Tom Butterworth opened the store after graduating high school, when he was just 17-years-old.

Now 70, Butterworth says he’d like to retire.

“I have stuck with it all of these years,” Butterworth said. “A lot of people have retired long before me.  It is my turn.”

The surf shop first opened near the corner of PGA Boulevard and U.S. 1. Over the year’s its been moved to six different locations – including its current spot near the corner of Donald Ross Road and U.S. 1.

Butterworth has put a sign up at the store saying he’s looking for a buyer. But it will have to be the right person, he said.

“I don’t want anybody coming in and putting in an ice cream shop,” he said. “I would like to see Juno Surf Shop continue. It has been a staple here.”

Dr. Oz, Amy Robach to headline free PBC wellness festival

Television talk-show host Dr. Mehmet Oz and Good Morning America news anchor  Amy Robach will be at The Gardens Mall next month as part of an annual health and safety festival.

The free “WPBF Health & Safety Festival” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on  Saturday, April 1.

Dr. Oz

According to a news release, Dr. Oz “will help attendees empower and transform their lives with his entertaining new presentation focused on the top health issues affecting South Floridians today. Topics will include the Zika virus, medical marijuana, opioid addiction, organ donation, aging well, and saving lives with CPR.”

Complimentary blood pressure screenings will be available throughout the day. Free heart rate monitors will be randomly awarded at the end of the event, according to the news release.

 

Need a job? This company is hiring in Palm Beach Gardens

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants,  a wine bar and “upscale casual” restaurant, plans to hire nearly 200 workers to staff its soon-to-open location in Palm Beach Gardens.

The company plans to open its first Palm Beach County location in April at The Gardens Mall on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens.  Cooper’s Hawk said it needs to fill 196 new jobs before the doors open.  Positions range from servers to line cooks, bartenders to wine tasting room attendants.

Cooper’s Hawk, a winery and restaurant, will open in the second floor of The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens, by the end of March 2017. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

To fill the openings, Cooper’s Hawk is holding a hiring fair on Monday and Tuesday (March 13 & 14). The event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., will take place at the chain’s Palm Beach Gardens location inside The Gardens Mall (3101 PGA Boulevard).

“We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the growing job base in Palm Beach County,” said Tim McEnery, founder and CEO of Cooper’s Hawk. “We are currently looking to staff team members with a passion for wine, food and first-class hospitality and look forward to meeting and working with many great members of the community.”

The Palm Beach Gardens restaurant will become the chains 8th Florida location.

Interested candidates who are unable to attend the hiring event may also apply online by visiting apply at chwinery.com.

This discount teen retailer is opening its first PBC store

Discount teen retailer Five Below is set to open its first store in Palm Beach County this week.

The Philadelphia-based company, which offers a variety of items all priced at $5 or less, will open its doors at the Northlake Commons shopping center, which is located south of Northlake Boulevard just east of Interstate 95 in Palm Beach Gardens.  fivebelow1

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A grand opening party is set for 10 a.m. on Friday, according to the company’s website. The store, which carries products geared at teens and tweens, is located at 3926 Northlake Boulevard.

Five Below marked the opening of its 500th store in September. The company also has stores in Martin and Broward counties.