Weekly Newsletter

We’re starting a weekly newsletter. Most people find out about our articles through Facebook, which doesn’t show every article to every person who “Likes” our Facebook page. Some articles do very well, while others don’t reach many people.

We can tell a lot of people miss a lot of our articles. Some complain that all we write about is crime, when that’s at most 20% of what we cover. Others ask questions that we’ve already answered (“What’s going on with the old Walmart?”).

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Renzo’s in East Boca Upgrades

One of the perks of running West Boca News is we get invited (free) to shows and media dinners. Earlier this week we took advantage of this and enjoyed an early look at the updated Renzo’s of Boca on Federal Highway north of Yamato.

Chef and owner Angelo Romano with some of the media dinner guests

Renzo’s was recently bought by Chef Angelo Romano, the owner of Paradiso Ristorante in Lake Worth. Romano is working with Marco Turano to run the place. Both were pleasant and demonstrated a clear business sense which will hopefully mean Renzo’s will be around for a long time.

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Big Changes in Loggers’ Run Shoppes

Things are happening in the Shoppes at Loggers’ Run plaza (Palmetto Park Road about 2 miles west of 441, across from the middle school). As we’ve reported in the past, Dunkin’ Donuts is coming. It’s more than just donuts. We now have more detail on several changes.

As you can see on the map above (full flyer at bottom), the plaza is marketing four separate spaces available for lease. Starting with the new “outparcel” building, there are three spaces, each with about 1450 square feet of space.

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Inspections: Tempura House (again), Padrino’s and Sushi Ray

Grand Lux Cafe in Town Center, Boca Raton; image by Google

It was another pretty good week for restaurant inspections. We’ll start with the good news. A few restaurants had perfect inspections with zero violations, most notably Grand Lux Cafe in Town Center. Boston Market in Town Center also had a perfect licensing inspection.

Other perfect inspections include a new restaurant, Jasper’s, on SW 18th in the plaza with Howard’s Market and Rise Sushi; Salad Plus on Federal Highway and Wendy’s on Yamato, both in East Boca; and a Subway on Linton in Delray Beach.

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Inspections: Rocco’s Tacos, Uncle Tai’s, Panera and More

Uncle Tai’s in Shops at Boca Center

None of the inspections last week (we’re behind) were bad. The worst of the bunch goes to Rocco’s Tacos with thirteen violations including three high priority:

  • Dishmachine not sanitizing properly. Discontinue use of dishmachine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dishmachine is repaired and sanitizing properly. – tested at 0 PPM on two cycles. **Warning**
  • Employee handled soiled equipment or utensils and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. – multiple. cooks on line, multiple times gloves put on and/or changed without handwashing. **Warning**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. WALK IN COOLER – shrimp/scallop mix 52° kimchi 51° garlic cream sauce 46°shredded cheddar 45° goat cheese 46 Avacodo ranch 43° – iced down out of temp foods. **Corrective Action Taken** **Warning**

Looking those over we’re more concerned about the inspector’s misspelling of avocado. Rocco’s is still one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, though a little too far east.

Also near the top was Uncle Tai’s in the same plaza, with nine violations, and also three high priority:

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Benihana Coming to Westwinds of Boca

We’ve heard rumors for years now and it’s finally true. Benihana is coming to Westwinds of Boca (aka the Home Depot plaza) on the southeast corner of 441 and Glades. Originally we heard this what was going into the new building that now has Pei Wei and a few other stores.

The old Denny's; photo by Warren Redlich

The old Denny’s; photo by Warren Redlich

While we heard all those rumors, people also kept asking us “what’s going on with the Denny’s building.” Now we have the answer. There is a proposal pending before the county, titled “Benihana at Festival Shoppes of Boca Raton” (the old name of Westwinds). The essence of the plan:

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