Popular Gardens restaurant is getting outdoor bar and fire pit


A popular seafood restaurant on the city’s PGA Boulevard dining strip is getting an outdoor bar and fire pit, along with a new look.

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The renovations at Spoto’s Oyster Bar — including floors, ceilings and lighting — should be finished by Thanksgiving, owner Ralph Benfante said.

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“Everything’s brand new,” said Benfante, who bought Spoto’s for an undisclosed sum in December. “I’m restoring everything to its glory.”

The interior renovations are taking place in two phases, the first of which is nearly finished, he said. When they’re completed, part of the restaurant will be available for private parties for 50 to 60 people.

New furniture and awnings will grace the outdoor patio, which is getting a quartz-topped bar covered in navy tiles in the shape of fish scales. The bar will have 16 seats.

The fire pit with seating for nine will be tucked into a nook of the patio.

The city council approved the addition of the bar and fire pit Sept. 6.

While the look is changing, the quality isn’t, Benfante said.

“You’re going to have the same fine oysters from Massachusetts from Cape Cod Bay. Everything’s brought in fresh for us three times a week, and that won’t change,” he said.

After the renovations, the restaurant will have a big focus on lunch, he said.

The Cooper, another popular dining spot in PGA Commons, also is getting an upgrade, including a remodeled kitchen and a large pergola on the terrace.

It has an outdoor bar, as do Vic & Angelo’s and Rocco’s Tacos, two other PGA Commons hot spots.

Benfante, a Jupiter resident, also owns Bimini Twist, a seafood and steak restaurant on Okeechobee Boulevard in suburban West Palm Beach.

“It was natural to extend to that second location. I love Palm Beach Gardens,” he said.



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