Niche eateries make Park Place in Boca Raton ‘Foodie Place’



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Park Place shopping center more like Foodie Place with eateries serving creative, healthy and hearty food.

Maybe they should call the Park Place shopping center Foodie Place.

That’s because the Boca Raton strip center has assembled an impressive roster of eateries serving creative, healthy and hearty food.

Park Place is on Military Trail, south of Clint Moore Road and Office Depot’s world headquarters. The center, set to open in November, still is adding to its tenant roster.

The newest tenant will be Fresh Kitchen, said Ross Feurring, director of leasing for developer Schmier & Feurring Properties.

Fresh Kitchen has three locations on Florida’s west coast, including in the trendy dining and entertainment district of Tampa called SoHo. Park Place will be its first South Florida location.

Fresh Kitchen serves bowls featuring choices of a base, such as brown rice or sweet potato mash; veggies; proteins (including tofu) and sauces. Juices are offered, too.

The concept is similar to Palm Beach County’s newest clean-foods eatery, Bolay, by Outback Restaurant co-founder Tim Gannon and his son, Chris. The Wellington-based store, which also sells bowls and juices, is opening its second location in Boca Raton, in the Polo Club Shoppes, across the street from Park Place on Military Trail.

Fresh Kitchen joins other clean-eating destinations at Park Place such as Raw Juce, the vegan juice and food place expanding throughout the area. Raw Juce’s original store is nearby at the Town Center mall; a second location opened recently in downtown Boca.

Rounding out Park Place’s creative food fare is Phenomenon, a nitrogen-based ice cream concept similar to ChillN’ in Miami. At Phenomenon, the ice cream is custom-made for customers using nitrogen to freeze the ingredients. Phenomenon is so popular, long lines aren’t uncommon at the company’s other location in Davie.

Foodies will have another option at Park Place: Fresh Market. The boutique grocery store not only sells a range of fresh foods, gourmet and specialty items, it also boasts an impressive prepared food section. So dinner during the week just got easier.

The 64,000-square-foot Park Place is one of the few shopping centers set to open in the county this year.

And it’s a badly needed center for workers at major companies and corporate headquarters in the nearby Parkof Broken Sound. There are few lunch options available in north central Boca Raton.

“We’re excited to be bringing new dining and retail options to the city of Boca Raton,” Feurring said. “There’s an underserved lunch trade.”

If you prefer more traditional fare, there’s a place for you too at Park Place, too.

As previously reported, restaurateur Burt Rapoport plans Rappy’s Deli, billed as a modern spin on the classic Jewish deli.

Also coming is a new location of the Habit Burger chain, another Chipotle location and a new player in the South Florida dining market, Burton’s Grill, a modern American concept from Boston.

An unnamed Italian restaurant also is in the works, Feurring said.

And before and after dining, consider browsing some of Park Place’s shops, which include an Eileen Fisher women’s clothing store.

The standalone boutique is a new model for Eileen Fisher, as retailers look for locations outside traditional enclosed shopping malls, Feurring said.

Feurring said he’s working on a deal to bring an exercise studio to the lifestyle center, too.

Most of the center’s tenants are set to open in mid-November through December, with more set to open in the new year. Exact dates aren’t yet available but Feurring hopes to firm the opening dates up during the next few weeks.

 

Alexandra Clough writes about the economy, real estate and the law.


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