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Live music venue Tin Roof coming to Delray Beach

Tin Roof, a Nashville-based chain, is taking the space formerly occupied by Smoke BBQ on Atlantic Avenue.

Tin Roof, a Nashville-based bar and restaurant chain centered around live music, has leased the space formerly occupied by Smoke BBQ restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach.

The move brings a major music venue to the Avenue and reinforces the growing national retail focus on this once-sleepy city.

Tin Roof is leasing the 3,500-square-foot restaurant space at 8. E. Atlantic Ave., plus the 3,000-square-foot outdoor patio next to it, the largest patio on Atlantic Avenue. Plans are to redo both spaces and open next spring or early summer.

Bob Franklin, Tin Roof’s chief executive, said he was attracted to downtown Delray’s lively scene.”There’s just a variety of businesses there and super-high quality restaurant operations. It’s a great mixed-use street and vibe,” Franklin said. When the Smoke space became available, Franklin said, he grabbed it.

This location marks Tin Roof’s second Florida location. It has a site in Orlando, as well as 14 others nationwide.

Although Tin Roof is based in Nashville, do not expect the Delray Beach location to play only country music. Tin Roof also books indie-rock bands or pop bands, Franklin said. Like all its locations, The Delray Beach Tin Roof will incorporate a range of musical genres.

That said, Franklin said two major country music acts have been launched after playing at Tin Roof locations: Luke Combs and Florida Georgia Line.

Although Tin Roof has multiple locations, each is tailored to the local music scene. In fact, Franklin said Tin Roof’s focus is to provide a venue where local bands can play. “We want to give them a stage where they can play (at night) and write during the day,” he said of local artists. “That musical dream is what they do.”

Franklin said there aren’t a lot of live music venues across the country because they are difficult to run. But keeping the offerings diverse has helped Tin Roof thrive, he said. Plans are to feature live music seven nights a week.

Tin Roof isn’t just a bar and music destination, however. Franklin said it also offers made-from-scratch, Southern-inspired food. The menu includes offerings such as its Dixie biscuits, chicken and waffles, plus burgers, sandwiches and salads. Lunch and dinner will be served.

The Tin Roof Delray Beach deal was brokered by Tom Prakas of Boca Raton-based Prakas & Co.

When Prakas began marketing the space in September, he said, he received quick interest from a number of national restaurant companies. Tin Roof was one of them. “They loved the place and definitely wanted to be here,” Prakas said.

The interest from national restaurant companies follows the move by national clothing retail stores onto Atlantic Avenue.

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Details on Restaurant Row Planned for Central Boca Raton FL

Restaurant Row may be heading to Boca Raton’s city center, near one of the nation’s most successful shopping malls.

A 20,000-square-foot complex by Crocker Partners is being planned near the Town Center mall. Representatives have been marketing the site at trade shows, and thus far, interest in this restaurant-only destination is strong, they say.

The property would be located on Butts Road at Town Center Drive, on the site of The Plaza office building.

Crocker built The Plaza, sold it and then bought it back in 2014, along with the One Town Center office building and the mixed-use Boca Center nearby.

Why build a complex dedicated to restaurants?

“We’re trying to create more dining options for shoppers who go to the mall and more amenities for office tenants,” too, said Angelo Bianco, managing partner of Boca Raton-based Crocker Partners.

Indeed, this central Boca Raton corridor is surrounded not only by upscale residential communities but also by a range of office complexes and colleges, too. Lynn University is nearby, as is Florida Atlantic University.

Interest in this restaurant project is strong among national restaurant tenants of all types, said Tom Prakas of Prakas & Co., which is marketing the site.

Four spaces are planned in the proposed restaurant complex, with each space slated to be 5,000 square feet. But Prakas said he has interest from steak houses that seek 10,000-square-feet spaces, equal to two of the restaurant slots. Other interested tenants are wine-centric restaurants and American bistros.

Prakas and Bianco said the luxury Town Center mall is a big lure, as is the area’s central location and wealthy residents.

‘It’s one of the greatest demographics in the entire United States,” Bianco added. “There’s just incredible interest” in the site, he said.

It’s not clear when Crocker could deliver the planned development, which is part of a larger effort to recast this section of town into a new district dubbed Midtown Boca.

Crocker would like to build apartments and shops in this part of the city, in and around the Military Trail corridor. Nearby, developers who own the Glades Plaza and the bowling alley also are working on plans to build apartments and shops, too.

City approval for all this new development still must be obtained, including a rezoning of the area, which extends from Interstate 95 west to St. Andrews Boulevard, and from Glades Road south to Via Verde Trail. The changes would allow 2,500 residential units distributed among four owners, whose land holdings encompass about 300 acres.

Some residents have expressed concern about increased traffic with the proposed new developments. Bianco said since so many people commute to Boca Raton for work, creating more in-town residences could cut down on traffic, especially as the city seeks to boost public transit.

In any event, Prakas said the interested restaurants are part of big national companies that can wait until approvals are obtained and plans are completed. Stay tuned.

Alexandra Clough writes about the economy, real estate and the law.

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National restaurants eye Delray Beach for space

The spot vacated by Smoke BBQ has caught the attention of national eateries. It’s not Dull-Ray anymore.

Instead, Delray Beach has reached a new level of business prominence, so much so that the once sleepy village-by-the sea has national restaurant companies taking a hard look at leasing space along downtown’s Atlantic Avenue.

In particular, they’re eyeing space vacated by Smoke BBQ at 8 E. Atlantic Ave. Three national restaurant companies now are vying for the spot, said Tom Prakas, the Boca Raton-based restaurant broker handling the property. The location has taken on added allure with the pending arrival of a Louie Bossi restaurant, which is taking over the 32 East restaurant space in that same block, at 32 E. Atlantic Ave.

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Sources said West Palm Beach-based Big Time Restaurant Group inked a deal last month to take the space and bring its celebrated Italian concept to the avenue. 32 East will remain open for several months as Big Time secures permits, at which time the space will undergo a renovation and reopen this time next year as the latest incarnation of the popular Italian gathering spot, which has locations in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale.

The Louie Bossi buzz is creating greater demand for the Smoke space, which features 3,400 interior square feet and a generous 3,000-square-foot patio, the largest outdoor space in Delray Beach, said Prakas, of  Prakas & Co.

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Prakas declined to name the companies, but he said two are new to the South Florida marketplace and all want a piece of the action on a street that doesn’t slow down during weeknights.

“If I reminisce about how the street has changed, 15 years ago, you could go there at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. at night and pitch a tent in the street and never get hit,” Prakas said.

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Since then, however, even weeknights are clogged with diners wandering the avenue in search of food and fun. The avenue’s growth has been so pronounced it is now spreading, including north along Second Avenue, dubbed Pineapple Grove, and down other streets.

Through the years, Prakas said he’s done probably 40 to 50 restaurant deals valued at more than $50 million worth of properties.

Among the restaurants he’s brought in are The Office, Vic & Angelo’s, Taverna Opa, Che, Sazio, Honey, Dada, RokBrgr, City Oyster, Starbucks, Lemongrass, Bull Bar, Gol! (now Cafe Martier), Max’s Harvest and Max’s Social House (now Death & Glory, a deal he also did).

“I love the fact that we made a big impact,” said Prakas, who now relies on his son Christian to help with the business. Prakas expects a deal on the Smoke space soon.

The interest from national restaurant companies follows the move by national clothing retail stores onto Atlantic Avenue’s streets. They include Urban Outfitters, Tommy Bahama and LF.

Prakas said national restaurant companies often move in line with other retailers, so it’s not surprising they are following the clothing stores’ lead.

Mayor Cary Glickstein said he’s aware of national retailer interest because he fields their calls all the time.

He said the interest reflects a nationwide shift by retailers to urban cores from suburban shopping malls. Retailers are moving to where the population is gathering. These days, it’s in lively urban downtowns.

As proof, he notes that a 2.75-acre lot on West Atlantic Avenue east of Interstate 95 will be transformed into a Publix Supermarket.The lot, on Atlantic and Southwest Sixth avenues in downtown Delray Beach’s Northwest/Southwest neighborhood, will be home to a 25,000-square-foot store.

It’s a change from the standard, larger Publix locations near suburban residential communities. But the move also reflects the city’s maturation as a destination for both residents and businesses, Glickstein said.

“All these companies are rethinking their footprints,” Glickstein said. “Publix doesn’t need more 50,000-square-foot boxes. They can be more strategic in urban areas, and a lot of national retailers and restaurants are rethinking smaller urban areas, like Delray Beach.”

Such a shift is not without risk to the local players who put Delray Beach on the map.

National retailers have the ability to pay high rents, which can crowd out local players that gave Delray Beach its original charm.

Glickstein said Delray Beach is trying to be careful to make sure new, sometimes national arrivals, such as the Capital One cafe coming to the former Green Owl space, are in line with the character of the city’s architecture.

Jeff Sussman, a Boca Raton restaurant broker who also has done deals on Atlantic Avenue, predicts that local players will always trump national companies when it comes to long-term success in the Palm Beach County market.

Local players, such as Big Time, which also owns Rocco’s Tacos and City Oyster in Delray Beach, know the local labor market well. “They’re connected to the fabric of the community,” Sussman said, “and everybody who goes to work for them knows they will be successful and make money.”

Alexandra Clough writes about the economy, real estate and the law.