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Scout & Molly’s Boutique Opens At The Shops At Boca Center

An afternoon in your best friend’s closet,” is how Boca Raton resident Lisa Kaufman describes Scout & Molly’s, the retail franchise she created.

The brand has more than 50 locations in 24 states and Scout & Molly’s newest location will be at the Shops at Boca Center, set to open on Sept. 8.

The boutique features expertly curated selections of women’s apparel and accessories, and boasts friendly stylists who are always willing to help shoppers pick out the best options for their body types and personal styles.

Sale represented by Steve Mossini with Prakas & Company.

Brands offered at Scout & Molly’s include AG, Analili, Atina Christina, BB Dakota, Gretchen Scott, Tolani and more. The store also carries evening and cocktail dresses.

To find out more information, visit scoutandmollys.com/boca.

5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton; 561.430.3462;

Photos courtesy of Scout & Molly’s

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DON CHEPO’S TACO SHOP OPENING OCT. 15 IN BOCA RATON

Boca Raton’s newest taco spot will open Oct. 15 when the team behind the popular Wellington taco eatery, Don Chepo’s Taco Shop, opens in the Boardwalk at Boca Raton shopping and dining center.

http://www.donchepos.com  Sale of the fromer Blue Moon Mexican Cafe BROKERED BY: Prakas & Company.

The 4,200 square-foot restaurant will feature lakeside outdoor seating, festive painted walls and an expansive bar.

Chef/Owner Dustin Parfitt and Owner Juan Gando will serve house-made, street-style tacos – with options for meat lovers, vegetarians/vegans, even those with gluten allergies – quesadillas, burritos and hand-selected chef’s platters.

“We take great pride in the foods we are serving,” Parfitt said. “Our corn tortillas are made fresh in-house every morning, our vegetables from local farms, and we match our cocktails with the dishes we serve.”

Don Chepo’s initially will be open for dinner, followed soon by launch daily specials and a weekend brunch.

“Smoking the pork for our Tacos al Pastor has to be my favorite thing to do at the moment,” Parfitt said. “The pork is marinated in our own special blend of chilies and spices and smoked over hickory for eight hours. When you come to Don Chepo’s and smell the aroma, you will see – and taste – why it’s my favorite.”

Gourmet street tacos ($7-12 and served two per order) will be the restaurant’s specialty, but Don Chepo’s menu also will include dishes such as Tamal al Pastor – served in an open corn husk, topped with a thick, savory sauce, plenty of crumbled cotija cheese and chopped green onions. The Chicken Quesadilla is large, toasted and stuffed to the brim with Poblano-marinated chicken and three kinds of cheese. The Bean Burrito is packed with refried beans, Chihuahua cheese, Mexican rice, black beans and Pico.

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Brass Ring Pub buys former Burrito Bros. space in Jupiter

The Brass Ring Pub this month paid $2.55 million for the former Burrito Bros. restaurant on Indiantown Road, a move that allows the burger restaurant to finally open a location in Jupiter.

Brass Ring Pub principal Bret Worcester on Friday confirmed the purchase of the 1150 Indiantown Road property.

The Brass Ring Pub, known for its large, juicy burgers, has locations in Royal Palm Beach and North Palm Beach, where it first opened in 1986.

But Worcester said the family-owned restaurant company always wanted a Jupiter store.

“Customers would say, ‘I wish you’d come this way,’” Worcester said. “We tried. We have a lot of friends that live in Jupiter. But it was a tough place to look for space.”

Worcester said the family believes in owning and not leasing its restaurant sites, so patience was needed until the right property became available to purchase.

And then one day, “we lucked out,” Worcester said.

“I went online and looked up commercial real estate for sale and something popped up and it was this building,” he said.

Christian Prakas, of Prakas & Co. in Boca Raton, brokered the deal to the Brass Ring Pub.

Prakas also found a new space for owners of the Burrito Bros., which closed earlier this month at the Indiantown Road location after eight years dishing Tex-Mex/barbeque food.

Owners of the Burrito Bros. Jupiter store have a new restaurant site. It’s in Jupiter Farms, in the Farms Market Place at 16891 Jupiter Farms Road. That restaurant, dubbed Taylor Farmhouse Cafe, is a new concept by Chris and Elizabeth Taylor. The cafe is expected to open in mid-September.

Plans are to open the Brass Ring Pub in Jupiter by late October, after a redo of the 6,100-square-foot space takes place. Worcester said the interior will be painted darker colors. More televisions will be installed.

Most importantly, a bar will be added, too.

Worcester is partners in the Brass Ring Pub with his brothers Todd and Dusty.

Staff writer Hannah Morse contributed to this report.

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The Wine Room tasting place is coming to downtown Delray Beach!

A popular wine bar and retail shop from Winter Park is coming to Delray Beach, adding another attraction to the city’s lively downtown scene.

The Wine Room will be taking over the Caffe Martier restaurant space at 411 E. Atlantic Ave. starting April 2, according to Bruce Simberg, The Wine Room managing owner.

The Wine Room will complement the activities already along the avenue, said Simberg, a Boca Raton resident and managing partner of the Simberg Conroy law firm based in Hollywood.

Simberg said he decided to make Delray Beach the second location of The Wine Room due to the activity taking place in the city.

New condominiums and apartments are planned or under construction downtown. Meanwhile, the luxury iPic Theater is under construction a block south of the avenue. When completed, it will feature eight screens and 528 seats.

Simberg said Atlantic Avenue is a walking street, very similar to Winter Park, where he has had The Wine Room on Park Avenue for 12 years. Sampling wine before or after a movie is something he expects Delray Beach patrons will enjoy, just as they do in Winter Park.

“People, including young people, are very interested in learning about wines,” Simberg said. “Our concept is a little bit of teaching as well as just fun.”

Simberg said Wine Room patrons can sample one of 204 wines at varying sample sizes, such as an ounce, 2.5 ounces or 5 ounces.

“They can drink eight different cabs or French wines or eight different wines from Italy,” Simberg said. “There are all kinds of ways you can try wines and learn about them.” Well-educated staff will be available to answer any questions, Simberg said.

The wines are kept in machines that force nitrogen in and keep oxygen out, ensuring the wines stay fresh for more than 30 days, Simberg said. If customers like a particular wine and want to drink a bottle on-site, they can do that too, he said.

The Wine Room also will feature a full kitchen serving meals, starting with brunch at 11 a.m. daily. Regular wine tastings will take place, including tastings as part of dinners. Plans are to start a $2 million renovation in April with completion expected in about four months. An August or September opening is expected.

Another feature planned for The Wine Room: A rare-wine room featuring about 2,000 wines. Some of the wines are from Simberg’s collection and others will be from other sources, including other collectors.

There also will be a retail component where customers can purchase artisanal cheese, meats and, of course, wine. Some 600 t0 700 bottles will be available for sale, Simberg said.

And for those who love fromage, the cheese will be selected by one of Simberg’s partners, Max McCalman, author of numerous books on cheese, including the definitive publication, “The Cheese Plate.”

Simberg said he plans to copy Winter Park’s programming by closing the place periodically on a Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 pm. to do a Champagne tasting. “We’ll have 40 or 50 different kinds, from lower-priced all the way to Cristal. Nobody does that kind of thing,” he said. And what of the space’s famous Prohibition speakeasy, The Arcade Room? Simberg said the bar, accessible only by walking through the historic space, will remain and turned into a full bar serving a full range of liquor, including high-end scotch and vodka.

The deal was brokered by Tom Prakas, of Prakas & Co., in Boca Raton. A longtime broker for deals on Atlantic Avenue, Prakas said downtown Delray Beach is attracting new and interesting concepts. Prakas also brokered the deal that recently brought the Sicilian-influenced Osteria Salina from The Hamptons to 9 S.E. Seventh Ave. And he did the deal that’s bringing live music venue Tin Roof to 8 E. Atlantic Ave., formerly occupied by Smoke BBQ restaurant.

Prakas said The Wine Room fills diners’ interest in being entertained when they go out. “I call it eatertainment,” Prakas said. Wine tastings now are the hottest trend, the way craft breweries were a couple of years ago, Prakas said. As for Simberg, he’s looking forward to hanging around The Wine Room in Delray Beach and visiting with friends and clients.

Simberg said he’ll continue to work 40 hours a week as managing partner of the Conroy Simberg insurance defense firm, which has 10 offices in Florida and one in Georgia.

Then Simberg said he’ll spend his “time off” working another 20 hours a week at The Wine Room. “I’m not big at staying at home,” he said.

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