Louie Bossi's Ristorante Will Be Opening A Delray Location In 2017, Replacing Cafe Bleu On Atlantic Avenue
Louie Bossi's Boca isn't even open yet, but further expansion into Palm Beach County has already been announced.
The Italian restaurant, which serves housemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas and more, will be opening along Delray's Atlantic Avenue sometime in 2017, according to co-owner Todd Herbst. It'll be taking over the space of the recently shuttered Cafe Bleu, located in a two-story building that in the 1920s used to be a meeting space for Freemasons.
"It's a very prominent building in that historical district, so we're going to be very careful to preserve the history of that building—the look of it and the feel of it," Herbst said.
Louie Bossi's parent company, Big Time Restaurant Group, has a long history on Atlantic Avenue, currently operating two other eateries in the area: Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar and City Oyster & Sushi Bar. The latter opened up on the Avenue 16 years ago.
"In those 16 years, we've watched Delray Beach blossom, and we've watched our business blossom along with it," Herbst said. "The market just seems to get better and better, so much so that we opened Rocco's Tacos there on the Avenue a year ago, and that's been doing really well, too."
Herbst said Big Time Restaurant Group had been searching for a Delray location for Louie Bossi's Ristorante for the past year. When the spot at 44 E. Atlantic Avenue opened up across from Old School Square, they were sold.
"It's a very prominent corner, and it's right at the gateway of Downtown Delray Beach," he said. "I love a good corner."
Like its Fort Lauderdale successor, Louie Bossi's in Delray will serve 14 housemade pasta dishes, cure its own salumi, dry age its steaks, and make all breads, gelato, and limoncello from scratch in-house.
However, guests should expect some additions to the Delray menu that will cater toward the local market. (The menu at Boca's new restaurant, on the other hand, should be identical to the one in Fort Lauderdale, according to Herbst.)
"The markets are somewhat close together, so we wanted to be able to give people a different dining experience," he said.
The Boca location, which will be attached to the Hyatt Place in downtown, is on schedule to open in January 2017.
Louie Bossi's Delray; 44 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
Louie Bossi's Boca; 100 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton