Boynton’s Scully’s restaurant closes, to open with new name and owner

Oct 26, 2017
Scully’s Restaurant on south Federal Highway in Boynton Beach on December 17, 2012. (Brynn Anderson/The Palm Beach Post)

On Wednesday night, after 15 years, the restaurant at 2005 S. Federal Highway closed its doors as Scully’s. It’s expected to open under new ownership by December as Driftwood.

Kevin Scully sold the building and the property, south of Woolbright Road, in August to Jimmy Everett, 32, and his wife, Ilia Gonzalez, who say they are excited to bring fresh seafood dishes to the community.

Scully, 61, is also excited — about retirement. He plans on spending more time with his family, and finally cheering on his grandchildren at recitals and kindergarten graduations.

“The plan was 15 years ago to run this thing and pay it off and have some fun and make some money, and I did that successfully,” Scully said. “I sold it to a young man because the restaurant business is a young man’s sport.”

Before Scully’s on Federal, Scully had Scully’s Market, where Kenny’s Market is now, at 214 E. Ocean Ave. He bought the former Circle K spot in 1993. Former mayors and residents described the place as Boynton’s own Cheers, where everyone knows everyone. He became known for his “Scullyburgers” and also for his passionate disagreements with the city over Ocean Avenue redevelopment plans.

Scully sold the spot in August 2000, and bought the Federal Highway property — then Pep’s Sea Grill — two years later. Scullyburgers turned into prime rib, fresh fish lamb chops, he said.

“It was a great experience. The customers over there are just the best. We had really good customers. Sundays were always busy with all the church people,” he said. “Really a nice family affair.”

Scully says his 15 employees will all work at Driftwood.

Everett and Gonzalez, who live in Delray Beach, said they know Scully’s customers well from running the restaurant since August. They plan to make minor changes, including adding a bar and lounge area.

Gonzalez will manage the front and Everett will be in the kitchen. They plan to work with local vendors and commercial fishermen for high-end fine dining without high-end prices.

The couple had been looking for a place to open a South Florida restaurant for the past three years. Everett said he ran into Scully and heard he was selling his place.

‘The fact that the land is for sale is a very rare opportunity for a restaurant,” Everett said. “We love the charm of the place. We love the physical building. It’s a great location.”

Scully says he’s planning to stay in Boynton.

“I’m a Boynton guy since 1987 and I’m not going anywhere. Everybody will still see me but they’ll see me in Publix shopping.”