The South Shores Tavern and Patio Bar, billed as Lake Worth’s favorite playground, closed on Wednesday after the gastropub was sold.
“This was a great place to hang out,” said Karine Albano, South Shores Tavern’s manager. “We had live music, we supported local vendors and we were very passionate about what we did.”
Albano said she didn’t know the terms of the sale and didn’t want to say who bought the 12-year-old eatery, which is on Lucerne Avenue and M Street, just north of the Public Library.
The sale was not listed on the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s website.
Albano said the old property owner, James Devaney, did not want to comment.
Stacy Nadine Green said South Shores Tavern became her favorite, go-to restaurant.
“Last year a friend and I asked for a vegan option so we could join friends and community groups there for meals,” she said. “Within a couple of months, they had no less than three options available.”
One Lake Worth resident said she hopes the new owner will upgrade the facility.
“It suffered from a long-time owner who never upgraded anything until he was forced to,” she said. “We had to overlook horrific bathrooms.”
Last year a fire swept through a side room near the patio, damaging the awning, ice machine and fence. Authorities said they suspected foul play because a burglar alarm went off before crews were called to the scene.
Albano said the property has been on the market the past five years. She said the new owner plans to keep the site as a restaurant.
But it won’t be South Shores Tavern anymore.
“We all loved what we did,” Albano said. “We’re all sad and will miss everybody.”
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