Junior's Cheesecake Is Coming To Boca Raton This Fall. Here's What It Will Look Like.
The best New York cheesecake in the world will soon have its own home in Boca Raton.
Junior's Restaurant, which has been a New York staple since 1950, announced its plans to expand to South Florida last week.
The new Boca Raton location, set to open in September, will be only the second Junior's Restaurant outside of the Big Apple—though third-generation owner Alan Rosen doesn't consider Boca to be too far off.
"I think it's the sixth borough of New York," he said.
Rosen, who is familiar with the area because his father lives in Delray Beach, said Junior's had been looking into the South Florida market for a couple of years. He finally found the right spot at Mizner Park this winter.
"There's obviously a lot happening in downtown, hotels being built. We're as excited as everyone else," he said.
Since making the announcement, the outpouring of support has been incredible, Rosen says, with people on Facebook posting about how they can't wait to have their own Junior's in Florida.
Junior's first opened in Brooklyn on Flatbush Avenue more than 65 years ago, serving an extensive menu including everything from overstuffed deli sandwiches to 10-ounce burgers and, of course, a painstakingly perfected cheesecake recipe.
"We're not just a deli. We're a deli plus another 200 items, so you can get pretty much everything," Rosen said.
The Boca restaurant will offer a full bakery, bar, take-out department and its complete menu at all hours of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night.
Whether guests come with their families, or significant others, or simply stop by after a movie for a slice of cake, Rosen hopes to see Junior's embraced by the community.
"It's just a sort of a place where you can do everything," he said. "In all the other locations, we've become a part of the community and a part of their celebrations … and we look forward to being that in Boca Raton."
Rosen will head to Boca Raton Tuesday for a preliminary presentation with a city board to approve exterior signage and changes to the space. Plans call for 150 seats inside and 120 on the patio.
"We want to open up the glass a little bit, have the indoor and outdoor space sort of flow together better," Rosen said.
Inside, guests can expect to see a unique Floridian version of Junior's Restaurant.
"When you enter the restaurant, you'll definitely know you're in South Florida," Rosen said.
Rosen says he envisions a few more restaurants in Florida still to come, but he likes to take things one step at a time.
"Each one of them is like another child to me," he said.
Below is a rendering of what Junior's Restaurant in Boca should look like, along with a few photos of their specialties:
Photos courtesy Junior's Restaurant