Coming soon: Duck Donuts in Miramar, Blackbird in Jupiter

When it comes to food, South Florida is a great place to be. So many new places open up every day. Below, find what’s coming soon to a city near you.

Duck Donuts, Miramar

This North Carolina-born franchise slinging fried-to-order doughnuts aims to open a second South Florida location in early 2023 at Miramar Park Place, a new shopping center near the Broward County line. Deep-fried in duck fat, these vanilla cake-based rings are topped with glazes (blueberry, lemon, maple), toppings (chopped bacon, Oreo cookies) and drizzles (hot fudge, raspberry). Breakfast sandwiches, made with halved donuts, are equally decadent, as are its doughnut sundaes and milkshakes. The franchise’s other South Florida location is in Boca Raton. 11225 Miramar Parkway, Suite 205, Miramar;

Atlantic Village, a bustling complex with restaurants, shops and offices, will house La Piazzetta. (Achieve Studio/Courtesy)

La Piazzetta, Hallandale Beach

Wood oven-fired pies distinguish this upscale pizzeria, which is scheduled to reopen Sept. 23 after moving from its former perch near Little Haiti to the trendy Atlantic Village shopping complex in Hallandale Beach. The menu features Neapolitan-style pizzas, some with unique toppings (homemade pistachio and artichoke creams, pecans, oven-baked potatoes, spicy ‘nduja), along with fresh burrata, paninis, carpaccio and insalata. 701 N. Federal Highway, Suite 112, Hallandale Beach

Mama Yatai, Davie

Replacing the Cantonese/Hong Kong style eatery Tasty Café in Davie, this Japanese restaurant registered to Ngoc Chau and Loc Nguyen plans to open later this fall. The space is inside the popular Carriage Hills Plaza (also known as Foodtown), a strip-mall fantasyland of Asian cuisine. Mama’s menu will features items such as yakitori (chicken on skewers), Japanese corn dogs and mochi doughnuts. 6477 Stirling Road, Davie; no website or phone number yet available

Chicken Pot Pie at Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop, which has locations in Wynwood and Coconut Grove and plans to open in downtown Fort Lauderdale. (Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop)

Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop, Fort Lauderdale

Former Miami firefighter Derek Kaplan is bringing his arsenal of acclaimed pies, cakes and cookies to downtown Fort Lauderdale. His third location is expected to debut later this September across the street from The Dalmar hotel. Delayed from its planned opening last spring, Kaplan’s shop will also carry an expansive menu of cheesecakes, brownies and bread puddings, plus savory items such as homemade pot pies and empanadas. Most of Kaplan’s sweets are baked daily at his Little Haiti commissary. Future expansion plans include an outpost in Palm Beach County. 250 N. Federal Highway, Suite 1, Fort Lauderdale;

Greek Guys Souvlaki, Fort Lauderdale

This fast-casual eatery is coming from Ted Dranias, a Montreal-based restaurateur. Greek Guys Souvlaki is going into the space vacated by Monster Subs, and Dranias says it will be Greek fast-food and meals-to-go. Think moussaka, pastichio and grilled souvlaki, as well as chicken and vegetarian brochettes. 1978 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

A wood-fired pizza at Tucci’s Fire N Coal Pizza, which is planning to open its second location in Boca Raton by year’s end. ( Tucci’s Fire N’ Coal Pizza / Courtesy)

Tucci’s Fire N Coal Pizza, Boca Raton

This Boca Raton-born pizzeria, which specializes in wood-fired pies blistered with flavorful char, plans to open its first sister location this December on Yamato Road, in the space formerly occupied by Seafood Street Eatery. Owners Alberto and Melanie Aletto, who also operate the original Tucci’s, serve 10 types of pies fired at 750 degrees, along with salads, rigatoni and oven-roasted wings and meatballs. 341 E. Yamato Road, Boca Raton;

Filomena’s Bean Coffee, Fort Lauderdale

This two-year-old café in Davie’s Shenandoah Square is expanding into the former Dive Bar on State Road A1A on Galt Ocean Mile later this fall. Along with Americanos, espressos and other caffeinated drinks in fun configurations (such as s’more cappuccinos, honey-cinnamon lattes), the menu also features breakfast sandwiches, empanadas, wraps and salads. Filomena’s also stages live comedy, music, theater and dance nights. A third location of Filomena’s in Sunny Isles Beach is planned for 2023. 3233 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale;

The fifth location of Bacon Bitch, a Miami Beach-born breakfast restaurant specializing in croissant sandwiches and brunch-style drinks, is scheduled to open this November in downtown West Palm Beach. (Bacon Bitch / Courtesy)

Bacon Bitch, West Palm Beach

This provocatively named breakfast spot — and celebration of all things pork belly — is expanding, and plans to open its fifth location in mid-November on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Owned by Joseph Natale and Peter J. Bolanis II, the restaurant debuted its flagship in 2017 at Miami Beach’s Essex House by Clevelander. It serves croissant breakfast sandwiches (“Main Bitch”), including the Juicy, with marinated flank steak, Swiss cheese, a fried egg, onions, peppers and chimichurri aioli. There are also breadless versions (“Naked Bitch”), side dishes (“Side Bitch”) and coffee (you guessed it: “Café Bitch”). The restaurant, which also serves frozen daiquiris, margaritas, beer and wine, has outposts in Miami’s Bayside Marketplace, Orlando andstalkSt. Petersburg. 330 Clematis St.;

Ramen Lab Eatery, West Boca Raton

This Japanese izakaya chain plans to open its fourth outpost sometime later this year, in West Boca Raton’s Mission Bay Plaza, replacing the former Rotelli. The noodle house will sport a different design than its counterparts in east Boca Raton, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach, with underground Tokyo vibes and an expanded menu of stir-fry and Wagyu steak dishes, along with its usual tapas, donburi and build-your-own ramen bowls (chicken, pork, spicy lemongrass tom yum). 20449 State Road 7, Boca Raton;

Retired NBA player Shaquille O’Neal smiles during the grand opening celebration of Big Chicken, Shaq’s new fast-casual chicken restaurant in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP) (Richard Brian)

Big Chicken, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach

NBA Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O’Neal is sending his Big Chicken franchise to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, the first two of 45 fast-casual restaurants destined for the Sunshine State in 2022 and 2023. Big Chicken’s play for South Florida comes from a partnership between O’Neal and Davie-based DMD Ventures, owner of multiple local Papa Johns and Twin Peaks. Founded by O’Neal in 2018, and inspired by the favorite flavors of the former Miami Heat player’s childhood, the fast-casual eatery slings fried-chicken sandwiches such as the Big & Sloppy with mac and cheese and fried onions and the Shaq Attack with pepper jack, jalapeño slaw and spicy chipotle barbecue sauce. No addresses are yet available, but future outpost are planned for Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Fort Myers.

Soba Asian Noodles, Fort Lauderdale

The fourth restaurant to occupy this storefront in as many years, Soba Asian Noodles is expected to debut this fall in Fort Lauderdale’s Imperial Shopping Plaza. Soba is owned by Teera Jiriyasin, whose family also operates Tee-Jay Thai Sushi in Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors. The menu will include takoyaki (octopus), chicken bao buns, buckwheat soba noodles and other fast-casual dishes. The noodle house replaces Mr. Q Crab House (which closed this spring), Bufarella La Pizza Di Napoli (closed in 2020) and Hurricane BTW (2018). 5975 N. Federal Highway, No. 103, Fort Lauderdale; 954-595-2923;

Pummarola Pizzeria Napoletana is coming to Fort Lauderdale with this location behind the Broward Center for the Performing Arts at the foot of the drawbridge on the Avenue of the Arts. The family-owned boutique chain of restaurants started in Boca Raton in 2012 and now there are Pummarola eateries in Midtown Miami, Miami Beach, Kendall and Coral Gables. (Rod Stafford Hagwood / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Pummarola Pizzeria Napoletana, Fort Lauderdale

With any luck, this eighth location, in Fort Lauderdale, will open in about six months. The newest Pummarola Pizzeria Napoletana has to do a complete buildout, turning what was an attorney’s office into a restaurant. But the location — behind the Broward Center for the Performing Arts at the foot of the drawbridge on Avenue of the Arts — was irresistible to the four brothers who own the boutique chain of Pummarolas. Lorenzo, Alessandro, Adelchi and Larry Mele imported their grandmother’s original eatery from Naples to South Florida, where there are now locations in Boca Raton, Midtown Miami, Miami Beach, Kendall (in The Falls) and Coral Gables. There are also two Spanish locations, in Ibiza and Barcelona. The first thing that catches your eye when you go to a Pummarola Pizzeria Napoletana is the sawed-in-half Fiat 500 mounted on the wall, a nod to nonna Rosa Donna Rummo, who was known to tool around town in her red sportscar (which Neopolitans said looked like a tomato, or “pummarola” in the dialect of southern Italy). But once you get past that, “the ingredients are what really shine at Pummarola,” says Larry Mele. “They range from San Marzano tomatoes to imported [double 0] pizza flour, smoked buffalo mozzarella … [Protected Designation of Origin] Parma Prosciutto. These are just a few of examples of the premium products used.” 620 W Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale;

AKA Hotel in downtown West Palm Beach is scheduled to open in November, and The Blind Monk wine bar would relocate to the eight-story hotel. (AccuTour / Courtesy)

The Blind Monk, West Palm Beach

Wine bar and hip hotspot The Blind Monk will relocate from The Whitney condominium on Evernia Street to the chic soon-to-open AKA Hotel, also in vibey downtown West Palm Beach. As of now, the eight-story hotel is expected to open in November. The Blind Monk opened in 2010 under the auspices of former U.S. Marine Capt. Ben Lubin, who is also graduate of the French Culinary Institute and a certified sommelier. 695 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach;

Death by Pizza, Delray Beach

Koby Wexler’s popular pizza pop-up is expected to begin slinging Detroit-style pies this October out of a new brick-and-mortar in Delray Beach, on the corner of Northeast Second Street and South Federal Highway. Early in the pandemic, customers who saw Death By Pizza’s tantalizing rectangles (and death metal-reminiscent logo) on Instagram first had to prepay online, then wait all week for Wexler’s “pizza drops” the following Wednesday or Sunday. The foundation of his pizza crust is sourdough, created with a 9-month-old starter Wexler fed daily out of his family’s Two Fat Cookies bakery off Atlantic Avenue. The new space gives him breathing room – and gives customers freedom to eat pies on-site or order them to-go. Until it opens, Death by Pizza orders will be filled at Two Fat Cookies. 528 NE Second St., Delray Beach;

Stalk & Spade, a vegan eatery opening soon at the Promenade at Coconut Creek, will feature a variety of meatless burgers, “chick’n” sandwiches and nuggets, fries and wraps. (Courtesy STALK & SPADE)

Stalk & Spade, Coconut Creek

Touting plant-based, dairy-free comfort food, this Minnesota-made vegan chain plans to debut an outpost this fall inside the Promenade at Coconut Creek. Stalk’s 1,800-square-foot space, behind World of Beer, will offer six meatless hamburgers, so-called “chick’n” sandwiches and nuggets, fries, wraps and oat milk shakes. It’s one of five new South Florida locations for Stalk, with others scheduled in Plantation and Miami later this fall. 4437 Lyons Road, Suite E105, Coconut Creek;

Fat Boyz Barbecue, Deerfield Beach

After shrinking his smoky empire from three brick-and-mortar locations to one during the pandemic, owner and pitmaster Jarael Holston-Jones is on the barbecue rebound. Fat Boyz is expected to debut its second storefront in September inside the former Charlie’s Fish Fry & Seafood east of Federal Highway (next to Hillsboro Square plaza). The new pit-stop marks Holston-Jones’ homecoming to Deerfield Beach, where he closed his flagship — inside a trailer with a red caboose attached — pre-pandemic. His barbecue serves dry-rubbed St. Louis spare ribs kissed with hickory and spice, Texas-style brisket and smoked lean pastrami. His Fort Lauderdale outpost on Cypress Creek Road remains in operation, as does a food truck. 1200 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach;

In advance of officially opening in October, downtown West Palm Beach’s Vinyl Fish Club has been hosting pop-ups — called “Motel No-Tell” — as part of what the owners say is “a chef-driven culinary and sound experience.” (Elizabeth Boriskin / Courtesy)

Vinyl Fish Club, West Palm Beach

This new chic social hub doesn’t officially open until October, but the venue has been hosting pop-ups — called “Motel No-Tell” — for the past six weeks as part of what the owners say is “a chef-driven culinary and sound experience.” These events are generally from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays (reservations are recommended). Later on, when Vinyl Fish Club debuts this fall, the owners say it will be as “South Florida’s first NFT membership restaurant” (that’s Non-Fungible Token for the uninitiated). As a club member, you’d be investing in ownership via an NFT. As of right now, 17 NFTs have been sold, leaving 33 memberships available. The current price is $1,658.38 for a membership. Vinyl Fish Club is owned by Mykel Stevens (nightlife impresario), Uthman “Moose” Yamusenor (restaurateur) and Jaclyn Milford (founder of the Women of Wall Street organization). 340 Clematis St., West Palm Beach;

Chow Won Korean Steakhouse, Fort Lauderdale

Replacing a former Outback Steakhouse in Imperial Point, this Korean steakhouse registered to George Yuan is expected to debut this fall. Chow Won is from the same owner as Chow One in Pembroke Pines, which serves all-you-can-eat, cook-it-yourself Korean dishes. Dining tables are equipped with heating plates, and customers cook one of 24 proteins, ranging from pork belly and Cajun shrimp to beef bulgogi and curry chicken. They’re paired with sides cooked to order from the kitchen, including ramen, egg custard and seafood pancakes. Future locations are planned for Plantation, Tallahassee and Pensacola, plus Alpharetta, Ga. 6201 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale;

Fast-casual Greek and Lebanese offerings will be part of Mazza Kitchen when it debuts in Fort Lauderdale later this summer. (Mazza Kitchen / Courtesy)

Mazza Kitchen, Fort Lauderdale

This fast-casual eatery from Faris Bushnaq, owner of the 15-year-old Mazza Mediterranean Cuisine in Pembroke Pines, is expected to open by October in Fort Lauderdale’s 1600 Commons plaza (where Trader Joe’s is located). Customers will be able to choose from proteins, as well as vegetarian and vegan options, to build their bowls, pitas and salads. 1530 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-630-3777;

Portside Breakfast & Lunch, West Palm Beach

This daytime diner-style restaurant registered to Francis Cecere Jr. and sons Phillip, Matthew and Francis III is scheduled to debut in September in West Palm Beach’s Golden Lakes neighborhood. Along with breakfast combos with 8-ounce ribeyes and slow-roasted pork belly, the menu will feature french toast casserole and eight types of eggs benedict (salmon, Cajun shrimp). Lunch specials will include handhelds (shaved ribeye, Buffalo chicken), smash burgers and blue crab cakes. 8480 Okeechobee Blvd., Suite 7, West Palm Beach; 561-619-7172,

El Camino Mezcal and Tequila Bar, Boca Raton

The fiesta’s on its way to Boca Raton’s planned Restaurant Row, where the popular Mexican restaurant chain is expected to debut its fourth location this winter. El Camino will offer indoor and outdoor seating, along with Mexican beers and handcrafted margaritas. Other locations are in Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach. 5355 Town Center Road, Unit 4, Boca Raton;

Szechwan ribs inside a smoke-infused glass dome that will be removed tableside at Blackbird when the restaurant opens in Jupiter in the early fall. (Alissa Dragun Photography / Courtesy)

Blackbird, Jupiter

Expected to debut in early fall, this restaurant has an impressive ownership team behind it: restaurateurs Scott Frielich (SubCulture Group) and Angelo Abbenante (Lynora’s) as well as nightlife maestro Cleve Mash (Pawn Shop, Clematis Social) and executive chef Tim Nickey (Komodo, China Grill, Joe Namath’s Lucky Shuck). Taking the space vacated by Shipwreck Bar & Grille, the two-story eatery will have a view of the Jupiter Lighthouse and the Loxahatchee River. The design — evoking 1940s-era Shanghai — will be by Kat Solomon, who worked side by side with Venus Williams at V Starr in West Palm Beach. The Pan-Asian cuisine will have menu dishes such as smoked salmon with everything bagel ragoons; Shanghai soup dumplings; sweet and sour pork with pineapple and dragon fruit; Australian Wagyu tomahawk with truffle ponzu butter sauce; and Szechuan ribs inside a smoke-infused glass dome that will be removed tableside. 1511 N. Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter;

Plant-based chicken wings are on the menu of the new Down the Rabbit Hole restaurant and art space opening this November in Delray Beach. (Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Down the Rabbit Hole, Delray Beach

When he planted his flagship Rabbit Hole in Pompano Beach last year, chef Samuel Woods crafted an all-vegan menu aimed squarely at meat-eaters. He created hot dogs, chicken wings, Korean-style meatballs and hamburgers without dairy or meat, but instead with plant-based ingredients that mimic their crunch and texture. His new sister restaurant, set to open this November in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove, is even curiouser. This part-restaurant, part-art event space will be a partnership with local historian Emmanuel George, serving plant-based wings and burgers alongside exhibits from local Black artists and pioneers. Many works will be sourced from nearby Delray Beach Historical Society, the Arts Warehouse, Spady Cultural Heritage Museum and Arts Garage, and the space will also host book clubs, poetry readings and film screenings. Rabbit Hole’s Pompano original will remain open. 311 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; TheRabbitHole.Life

Just Pizza & Wing Co., Coral Springs

This Buffalo, N.Y.-born franchise is expected to open its first South Florida pizza-wing stop this September under local franchisee Noel Morreale. The eatery’s name, to be fair, sells short its sheer number of specialty configurations, such as the 3 Cheese Steak Pizza with a mozzarella-Swiss-white American blend atop thin-sliced sirloin steak, and wings with intriguing (bourbon whiskey, blackberry barbecue, Cajun honey) and scald-your-mouth-out flavors (“lethal hot” Buffalo style). 2359 N. University Drive, Coral Springs; 716-341-2744;

South PMP Bar & Kitchen, Pompano Beach

If Jet Runway Café is owner Mike Linder’s love letter to aviation and YOT Bar & Kitchen is his mash note to the sea, then his newest restaurant, South PMP, is securely on terra firma. Linder’s Southern comfort food kitchen expects to debut in early 2023 in Pompano’s Old Town district, anchoring a wave of new restaurants and art spaces opening soon off the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and North Dixie Highway. 165 NE First Ave., Pompano Beach;

A rendering of what the piano lounge will look like at the remodeled Anthony’s Runway 84 restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. (Anthonys Runway / Courtesy)

Anthony’s Runway 84, Fort Lauderdale

Back in May, Anthony’s Runway 84 closed its doors in preparation for a $3 million makeover. If everything goes right, the dining institution hopes to reopen in late October, just in time to commemorate its 40th anniversary. The vibe will have a modern Italian supper club feel. In addition to a new look, Runway 84 plans to unveil a revitalized menu, a new beverage program and the addition of a private dining room. Owner Anthony Bruno (Andy’s Live Fire Grill & Bar) has partnered with fellow restaurateurs Pat Marzano (ex-owner of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza) and Marc Falsetto (Handcrafted Hospitality restaurant group). 330 W. State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-8484;

Raising Cane’s, Royal Palm Beach

This national chicken chain, based in Baton Rouge, La., specializes in one thing: hand-battered tenders in several combo specials, from its three-finger deal to the Caniac Combo (six tenders with crinkle-cut fries, coleslaw and Texas toast). A Royal Palm Beach location should debut sometime this fall, followed by another in Pompano Beach, on the former site of steakhouse icon Bobby Rubino’s. 100 N. State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach;

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