Former NBA superstar Michael Jordan is one of 13 owners in a 325-seat restaurant on the Loxahatchee River expected to open by the end of 2017.
“It’s going to be five-star service and food. The atmosphere will be warm and welcoming,” said Ira Fenton, one of the other dozen investors that include former New York Giants running back Tucker Frederickson. Jordan has a home in the Bear’s Club, a private community in Jupiter.
The 18,000-square-foot restaurant, off U.S. 1 just north of Burt Reynolds Park, will have about 75 outdoor seats — including an outside bar — and overlook the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. A dock and boat slips are planned.
The town council Tuesday night voted 4-1, with Councilman Jim Kuretski dissenting, to grant a 12-month development extension to build the restaurant. Click here to view the proposal.
“Like Harbourside Place, we might not be able to manage the noise. I’m afraid that outside bar could get standing-room only and get out of control,” said Kuretski.
The restaurant will be called 1000 North, said Fenton.
“I’m excited to see this project. That building has been vacant far too long,” Councilman Ron Delaney said.
The town council in 2013 unanimously approved the project on the site of the former Charlie’s Crab and later the Brix Italian Fishery restaurant.
The plan calls for demolishing the current structure. Offices are planned on the second floor of the new structure.
Some Jupiter Harbour residents, who live across the marina from the proposed restaurant, expressed concerns about noise and traffic. The proposed landscaping could block their views of the Loxahatchee River and the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. The bar would be within about 200 feet of the homes, they said.
“Harbourside Place has shown us the consequences of having outdoor venue near residential property. The music would be a source of irritation,” said Jerome Silvers, a resident of Jupiter Harbour.
Jupiter Harbour resident Bill Quinn countered that the restaurant will revitalize the neighborhood.
“It would get the property moving again and benefit the whole community,” said Quinn.
The new restaurant would be required to close at midnight. Food and alcohol sales would end at 11 p.m. Outdoor live music after 10 p.m. would require a special-event permit from the town.
Plans include a connection with Riverwalk, the town’s 2.4-mile pedestrian/bicycle waterfront lane from Ocean Way to the Jupiter Inlet that goes through Harbourside Place and along the Intracoastal Waterway and Jupiter Inlet.
“This is not going to be another Guanabanas or Castaways. Outdoor music events are not in our plan at all,” said Don Hearing, the project planner.
Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, a multi-level spot in Chicago, was once one of the more popular spots in Chicago, operating from 1993 to 1999. Jordan never had ownership stakes in that restaurant, though he helped with decor and menu.
Currently, there are Michael Jordan Steak Houses in Chicago and New York.
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