Restaurant Openings and Updates (Feb. 24)
CHOPS Steakhouse Opening in Sunny Isles, FL in mid-March
CHOPS Steakhouse, an upscale restaurant, is about to enter the South Florida kosher fine dining scene, as it is scheduled to open in mid-March at 17082 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles. Brainchild of Isaac Nahon, the former owner of CHOPS in Montreal, this fine dining steakhouse will be serving premium aged meats, complete sushi menu and top wines and liqueurs. CHOPS Steakhouse will feature seating capacity of 250 people, a 35 foot bar, an exclusive VIP room, and outdoor seating for
40 people. The restaurant is located in a prime strip mall adjacent to the beach, and will offer free parking for over 400 spots.
Update: House of Dog Boca Raton
The expectation is palpable in the Boca Raton kosher community for House of Dog to open its newest location at 21077 Powerline Road. We are happy to update our readers that they are almost done with construction. After a couple of weeks to work on the decor, and another couple of weeks for staff training, they are looking at a 4 to 6 week time span to the grand opening!
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Blind Florida Item: New Exciting Concept / Kosher Meat Restaurant
to open in Surfside, FL after Pesach. Details and concept are still being worked out. Stay tuned for more information.
Hava Java Opens in Monsey, NY
"Wake up and smell the coffee" just got a whole new meaning
for the Monsey residents since Hava Java coffee bar and bagel shop opened at 59 Route 59 in the end of January. It serves a large selection of specialty coffees, and hot and iced drinks, such as Raspberry Truffle, Chocolate Mint Mocha, and Praline Froster to name just a few. Their breakfast offerings include a variety of egg dishes as well as bagels, toasts, pancakes and other morning hour favorites. They also serve many mid-day specials such as Tuna Crostini Melt or Salmon Salad. The dessert menu includes sugar-free, low-fat and low-gluten options, such as their wheat-free Chocolate Muffin. See their full menu here. Hava Java is open from 7 am to 5 pm and can sit up to 30 people.
Ba Li Laffa to Open Second Location in Toronto
Owner of Ba Li Laffa has taken over the spot of Dairy Treats at3522 Bathurst St. and will be opening another Ba Li Laffa in April in that location. Ba Li Laffa is a reasonably priced Mediterranean grill with such favorites as kabobs, schnitzels and a variety of pita or laffa sandwiches packed with Middle Eastern flavors on the menu. With two Dr. Laffa locations already in the area, it seems Toronto is the Laffa Capital of the World. (h/t: Shlomo Assayag)
Kosher & Luxus - Gourmet Kosher Restaurant Opens in Cancun (Mexico)
Cancun, a popular Caribbean destination in Mexico, has just become even more attractive forkosher vacationers, since the opening of Kosher & Luxus in the beginning of February. Kosher & Luxus is a year-round kosher restaurant under the supervision of Rabbi Nigri of the local Kehilat Neve Shalom, with mashgiach on premises and all products being OU or Star-K certified. The restaurant is located in Hotel Krystal in the Hotel Zone, at 9.5 km of Blvd Kukulcam, and serves a full spectrum of gourmet meals: dairy breakfast, meat lunch and dinner, and Shabbat meals, available for dine-in and take out, with delivery to all hotels in the Cancun area. They can even provide you with a hotplate for Shabbat if you are staying in a different hotel. The menu is a delectable mix of Mexican and International dishes, with such specialties as Huachinango marinated in achiote served with Mexican rice, Entrecote steak served with red wine and cinnamon reduction, and a variety of specials changing daily as updated on their Facebook page. View their Weekday andShabbat menus to learn more. Online ordering is available too. For Passover, they will be offering meal packages, making it possible for people to stay in any hotel and dine with them.