New restaurants: Timon Balloo’s The Katherine in Fort Lauderdale, Truli Italian in Coconut Creek

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Jan 20, 2022 6:00 AM

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The duck sugo and pumpkin orecchiette from The Katherine, a new neighborhood restaurant from chef Timon Balloo and his wife, Marissa. The global-eats restaurant will open Jan. 20 on Broward Boulevard.

The duck sugo and pumpkin orecchiette from The Katherine, a new neighborhood restaurant from chef Timon Balloo and his wife, Marissa. The global-eats restaurant will open Jan. 20 on Broward Boulevard. (The Katherine / Courtesy)

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The Katherine, Fort Lauderdale

Truli Italian Food & Drink, Coconut Creek

This modern Italian trattoria and bar debuted Jan. 15 inside the Promenade at Coconut Creek, replacing the former Ciao Cucina space that shuttered this spring. Truli comes from Parkland restaurateur Doug Zeif (former senior vice-president of the Cheesecake Factory) and features build-your-own pasta bowls (with 10 pasta types and nine sauces from alfredo to “Sunday gravy”), build-your-own pizzas, and old-school entrees such as chicken Parmesan and steak tagliatta. 4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek; 954-399-7677,

Juice bar Pure Green has opened in Boca Raton's Garden Shops at Boca Del Mar plaza.

Juice bar Pure Green has opened in Boca Raton’s Garden Shops at Boca Del Mar plaza. (Pure Green / Courtesy)

Pure Green Garden Shops, Boca Raton

This Lake Mary-raised juice-bar franchise opened its second South Florida location on Jan. 15 inside the Gardens Shops at Boca Del Mar plaza and features pitaya bowls, superfood smoothies, steel-cut oatmeal, cold-pressed juices and at least one probiotic drink created by Instagram influencer Foodgod. After opening a South Beach location in 2021, the wellness outfit will next add a store in Aventura this summer. 7036 W. Palmetto Park Road; 561-826-7800,

TropiBowls, Pompano Beach

Founder Natasha Teague debuted her juice and bowl bar at the height of pandemic shutdowns in 2020, and now she’s expanding with TropiBowls’ sister location in Pompano Beach, across the street from the Airpark. TropiBowls, which debuted Jan. 15, does build-your-own bowls, coffees, teas and breakfast sandwiches, along with lunchtime rice bowls, paninis and wraps. 1162 N. Federal Highway; 954-532-4121,

The Skinny Cheff, Delray Beach

Where does a two-time “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant choose to hang their chef’s hat? If you’re Trevor McGrath, the answer is a café inside the Palm Greens 55-and-older condo community. McGrath (Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup”) has transformed a hard-to-find caddy shack – behind a former golf course – into a breakfast-lunch spot that turns out three-day braised brisket and 24-hour corned beef and pastrami sandwiches from scratch, along with soups, salads and heat-and-eat takeaway meals. So he’s got that going for him, which is nice. (Sorry, we can’t help quoting “Caddyshack.”) 5845 Via Delray Blvd.; 561-501-5950,

Coco Sushi Lounge and Bar, Delray Beach

Husband-and-wife owners Tina Wang and chef Jason Zheng rolled out another sushi haven in late December, this time touting signature rolls, Peking duck, beef short rib and lamb chops cooked over a robata charcoal grill, and a massive menu of rare sakes and sake cocktails. Coco’s owners also operate Saiko-i Sushi Lounge & Hibachi and Yakitori Sake House, both in Boca Raton, and Koi Sushi Lounge in Fort Lauderdale. 25 NE Second Ave., Ste. 208; 561-908-2557

Kachi Afro Caribbean Lounge, Fort Lauderdale

This kosher-certified gourmet sushi restaurant, which owners Sabina Balkind and Lopinto Salvatore debuted in December, serves high-grade fish inside handrolls and an omakase experience served as a four-tier sushi tower of nigiri and sashimi. 8177 Glades Road, No. 20; 561-617-7129,

Meso Beach House, Delray Beach

With a craft-cocktail bar, patio raw bar and seafood-focused Mediterranean menu that spans grilled octopus to whole roasted branzino, Meso’s trendy fare is designed to hook tourists and the local boating set, owner Bobby Khorrami says. The restaurant, which opened in early January, is the first sister location to the original in Westchester County, N.Y. 900 E. Atlantic Ave.; 561-562-6416,

Batch New Southern Kitchen and Tap, Fort Lauderdale

Flagler Village is home to a second location, after West Palm Beach, of the restaurant serving Southern favorites, craft cocktails and an “epic brunch party.” The 5,500 square-foot restaurant opened Dec. 30 with an outdoor patio in the former Mellow Mushroom location. The locally sourced farm-to-table, comfort food menu includes slow-smoked burnt ends, shrimp n’ grits and a BBQ jackfruit “pulled pork” sandwich. 525 N Federal Highway;

Throw Social, Delray Beach

A 12,000-square-foot entertainment village on Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue is now open inside former clubby Italian grill il Bacio. The project is the second location of Throw Social’s Washington, D.C. flagship, and features ax throwing, darts, shuffleboard tables, an outdoor stage pumping live music and a menu of gastropub fare. 29 SE Second Ave.; 800-561-0755,

One Lebanese Cuisine, Sunrise

The storefront cafe opened in mid December serving modernized family recipes originating from the south of Lebanon, a region known for its olive oil. Vegetables and olive oil form the foundation of every dish. The slim menu features hot and cold small plates, salads and entrees such as lamb and tenderloin kebabs, and kibbeh nayeh. 1396 SW 160th Ave., Sunrise; 954-870-6986,

This healthy fast-casual franchise specializing in salads, wraps, grain and acai bowls, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas has debuted its first Florida location (and 12th overall) on North Federal Highway. The 1,500-square-foot storefront, which opened in late November, also has Coolgreens Market, a refrigerator filled with healthy grab-and-go items. A Coral Springs location will next open by summer. 1841 S. Federal Highway, Suite 400; 561-865-5673,

Paisa Bites, Oakland Park

A rainbow of garlic mayo, pineapple sauces, crushed potato chips and even quail eggs top the hot dogs, hamburgers and empanadas at this Colombian street-food shack in downtown Oakland Park. The restaurant, which opened in November and comes from owners Tatiana Vasquez and Alejandra Canaveral, also serves salchipapas (pan-fried hot dogs and French fries) and maizitos (a bubbling dish of melted cheese and corn), along with tres leches cake and Colombian-style milk pudding. 3499 N. Dixie Highway; 860-985-2188,

Dos Amigos Tacos, Delray Beach

Founded by Derek Mazer and chef Michael Jameson, two employees from Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ next door, this fast-casual taqueria slings 18 house-made tacos ranging from familiar (chicken, carne asada) to trendy (sliced tenderloin) to adventurous (Philly cheesesteak). The 2,303-square-foot restaurant at Delray Marketplace also serves quesadillas, burritos and salad bowls. 14917 Lyons Road; 561-908-2161,

Angelo’s Craveable Italian, Fort Lauderdale

A to-go restaurant dishing entrees designed for takeout, Angelo’s serves Italian classics such as meatball heroes, oven-baked lemon oregano chicken, eggplant Parmesan, fettucine alfredo, salads, cannolis and “nonna’s cheesecake.” Angelo’s replaces the former Empire Pizza and comes from Angelo Landi (formerly of Miami-based Southern comfort food eatery Yardbird). The first Angelo’s debuted earlier this year in Boca Raton’s Mizner Plaza. 15 N. Federal Highway, 954-467-9997;

Bandolero Taqueria y Mas, Fort Lauderdale

A quaint, festive location is taking shape in Himmarshee Village serving tacos, quesadillas and burritos. Cocktails include La Bruja (Grey Goose, watermelon, hibiscus, pineapple and lemon) and Señor Bandoleros (Patron Reposado, honey and lime juice). For dessert, Nutella nachos and “a really good flan.” 208 SW Second St.; 786-913-9307

Pura Vida, Fort Lauderdale

This Miami-based chain opened its ninth location — its first in Broward County — on Dec. 17 in the Society Las Olas building downtown. Its all-day breakfast and lunch menu features juices and smoothies, kombucha, baked goods and a range of avocado toasts, free-range egg sandwiches, wraps, bowls and salads, with a variety of gluten-free and vegan sweet treats. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 221 SW First Ave.,

La Capricciosa, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

After opening last March, the pizzeria and wine cellar from married owners Liz and Massimo Restrepo has rebranded from Due Compari to La Capricciosa, after the style of pizza blanketed in mozzarella, Italian baked ham, mushrooms, artichokes and tomato. The restaurant reopened in December and the menu, still being retooled, will feature paninis, charcuterie boards and pinsa, an oblong-shaped Roman-style pizza made from a blend of high-protein flours. 4331 N. Ocean Drive; 786-301-9493,

Lamb vindaloo is served at Taj Indian Grill in Cooper City.

Lamb vindaloo is served at Taj Indian Grill in Cooper City. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel)

Taj Indian Grill, Cooper City

Almost from the moment this restaurant had a soft opening about two weeks ago, it has had lines for takeout. And that’s based on nothing but word of mouth and glowing online customer ratings. So far the popular dishes are the garlic naan, butter naan, tandoori chicken as well as butter chicken, aloo gobi and masala dosa, according to one of the owners, Melepurackal V. Chacko. 5602 S Flamingo Road, Cooper City. 954-314-7314.

Holly Blue, Fort Lauderdale

Drift Kitchen & Bar, Delray Beach

Eve on the Water, Fort Lauderdale

You may have seen this fairly new restaurant’s Chicken à la Eve dish featured on WSVN-Ch. 7’s “Bite with Belkys.” The recipe is indicative of the menu changes that owners Vandana and John Janho made when they bought what was formerly Asia Bay, only to be shut down by the pandemic on their opening day, March 11, 2020. They spent the next year re-tooling the restaurant to more of a curated food and beverage service to cut down on the number of staff needed. The two also own Posh Lounge at the Waverly at Las Olas condos. 1111 East Las Olas Blvd; 954-848-9900;

Sometime this year a restaurant will rise where the Cash Money club used to be at Riverfront. No word yet on what the cuisine concept will be, but we do know that there are plans for two dining rooms on the first floor and a private lounge on the second floor. The team behind Timbr is 3 Hospitality, made up of Michael Tronn (Liquid and Crobar in South Beach), Paul Brown (Pawn Shop in West Palm Beach and Miami) and Max Van Fleet (scion of The Las Olas Company family). 15 W. Las Olas Blvd.

Carousel Club at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach

Described as an “open-air gathering spot” for food, cocktails and entertainment, this dining destination will open at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino on Feb. 18. So-named because of the antique carousel bar at its center, the trackside venue will have pop-ups by Spris Artisan Pizza and Los Altos Taqueria with more to be announced. Carousel Club will be open noon until late evening (with DJs spinning) Fridays-Sundays. 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach; 954-228-3378,

Buoy One Seafood, Fort Lauderdale

After a year and change of dishing salty-sweet New England eats out of its distinctive seafood shack on Commercial Boulevard, Buoy Bites closed in January, the restaurant posted this week on its website. The restaurant picked up anchor and will reopen as the rebranded Buoy One Seafood this winter on North Federal Highway, in the space formerly occupied by Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen. Buoy One shares it named with founding chef Dave Girard’s seafood markets on Long Island, and Buoy’s menu is filled with fresh catches, clam chowder, clam fritters, clambakes and fish-fry baskets. 4391 N. Federal Highway;

Isla & Co., West Palm Beach

An all-day café from New York’s Parched Hospitality Group, this 100-seater expects to open this spring next door to Grandview Public Market in the growing Warehouse District south of Okeechobee Boulevard. On the menu is brunch and specialty coffee from Australia – a nod to founder and CEO Barry Dry’s Australian roots – along with egg breakfasts and a dinner menu that will include burgers, pastas and salads. 1401 Clare Ave.;

This Tampa-born chain emporium of porters, stouts, IPAs and Belgian ales will next open inside the new Miramar Park Place shopping plaza on Feb. 1. Along with craft suds, the 4,240-square-foot restaurant offers flatbread pizza, pretzels, salads, chicken sliders and other comfort-food nosh. This is World of Beer’s third South Florida location – there’s a Coconut Creek outpost and a third opening in Doral on Jan. 25. 11225 Miramar Parkway;

Matchbox and Big Buns Damn Good Burgers, Fort Lauderdale

Two Thompson Hospitality restaurants are coming to Society Las Olas along the New River in January. Matchbox will take on a larger space with 90 indoor and 124 outdoor seats, serving items like the “ginormous meatball” and “hangover burrito.” Big Buns Damn Good Burgers, with 40 indoor and 75 outdoor seats, will offer all types of stacked burgers or burger bowls with side options like fried Brussels sprouts and milkshakes that can be boozy or not. 301 SW First Ave., South Tower;,

Ya Mas! Taverna, Fort Lauderdale

The Mediterranean eatery opening in January from Memphis Garrett’s hospitality group (No Man’s Land, Poke House, Blue Wave Sushi) promises to be a lively indoor/outdoor taverna focusing on classic and modern interpretations from Greece, Turkey, Israel and more. Executive Chef Austin Blake’s menu includes mussels, farro salad, lamb meatballs, harissa Buffalo wings. 1103 E Las Olas Boulevard,

Monarch New American Kitchen & Bar, Oakland Park

This family-owned restaurant and cocktail bar inside Oakland Park’s growing Culinary Arts District will take flight this spring and comes from married owners Brice and Leona Williams, whose dishes will include pulled pork sliders, black truffle potato salad plus a blend of Caribbean and Latin cuisine inspired by South Florida. 3492 NE 12 Ave.; 305-204-1001,

The SoSo, West Palm Beach

At this “fast-fine” café – which we hope isn’t named after the quality of its food – owners Kye Akavia, Alex DiSchino and chef Cesar Brea will bring modern American dishes such as Sichuan-seared tuna salads, herb-marinated chicken sandwiches, soups and other light entrees. The restaurant will open later this spring and will specialize in takeaway dishes that are easy to reheat. 4802 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach,

Cork & Barrel Wine Bar and Tapas, Tamarac

Replacing the old Tamarac Diner will be this upscale neighborhood restaurant next to the Paradigm Cinemas movie theater. Cork & Barrel, opening in January, comes from partners Santese Gatlin, Wendell Robbins, Lakedra Howard and Adrienne Hibbert, and features light bites, flatbreads, charcuterie boards and many varieties of wine and craft beer. 10052 W. McNab Road. Tamarac;

This Mediterranean restaurant with its expansive oceanfront view is slated to debut in February along the terrace of Paramount Fort Lauderdale condo. Expect small dish mezze/appetizers and wood-grilled meats and seafood in the 275-seat eatery. The concept comes from Lou Moshakos, the restaurateur whose LM Restaurants also includes Two Georges at The Cove Restaurant in Deerfield Beach, Oceanic in Pompano Beach and the upcoming Lucky Fish Dania Beach. 701 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

I Heart Mac & Cheese, Fort Lauderdale

The fast-casual chain specializing in build-your-own macaroni and cheese bowls and grilled cheese sandwiches will have six South Florida locations when this spot north of Cypress Creek Road opens in the spring. Other locations are in Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Pembroke Pines and Jupiter. 6317 N Andrews Ave.;

Baires Grill, Fort Lauderdale

This Argentinean steakhouse hopes to open by Feb. 1 on Las Olas Boulevard, making Fort Lauderdale the fifth location after Weston, Sunny Isles, Brickell and Coral Gables. “We’ve been wanting to expand further north,” says Alejandro Koenig, chief financial officer for Baires Grill. “There is a lot of potential there, a lot of young people.” Baires Grill will fill the space formerly Talento Restaurant. 1307 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Giorgio’s Bakery & Bistro, Fort Lauderdale

Owner Peter Tsialiamanis’ European-style restaurant-bakery, which has dished Greek and American classics on the Hollywood Intracoastal since 1996, will debut its second location this winter on Fort Lauderdale’s Galt Ocean Mile. The 3,000-square-foot restaurant, replacing the old Whale’s Bar & Grill, will offer the same menu as its flagship: wood oven-fired pizzas, 11 sandwiches on house-made baguettes, and entrees such as moussaka and baby back ribs. 3537 Galt Ocean Drive;

Blue Dog Cookhouse & Bar, Boca Raton

Billed as “New American fare with New York City roots,” this Florida offshoot of JM Spear and Morgan Nobles’ Manhattan restaurant will debut in January inside Boca Town Center, next to the Container Store. The restaurant will dish braised short rib and grilled octopus entrees, 11 types of hamburgers, brunch and craft cocktails. 6000 Glades Road, Suite 108, Boca Raton;

Rob’s Family BBQ, Plantation

Rob Scruby, the former owner of longtime pit stop Scruby’s BBQ, is now smoking meats at Rob’s Family BBQ, and plans to open a second location this February inside Plantation’s Vizcaya Square. The Plantation Rob’s, at 2,100 square feet, will mostly cater to carryout crowds and feature 14-hour slow-smoked brisket sandwiches, along with pulled chicken, smoked turkey and sides that include sweet corn nuggets, crispy breaded okra and fresh cornbread. 837 N. Nob Hill Road;

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Mister 01 Extraordinary Pizza, Pembroke Pines

The name of this Miami-spawned pizzeria may sound boastful, but the proof of Renato Viola’s pizza supremacy comes straight from the U.S. government. Viola, who grew up in the Italian province of Salerno, gained entry into the United States under an 0-1 visa, handed to “individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement.” Food & Wine shouted out Mister 01 in this year’s ranking of “The Best Pizza in Every State.” Viola’s 13-inch Neapolitan pies are star-shaped, with a pouch of ricotta cheese in each of the eight points, and come with ingredients such as gorgonzola, local honey, spicy salami and imported coffee. The Pembroke Pines location, opening Jan. 11, is his sixth Florida pizzeria, and more outposts will follow in 2022 in Boca Raton, Aventura and Melbourne. 10640 Pines Blvd, Suite F101, Pembroke Pines;

Denise’s Kitchen, Pompano Beach

A longtime greasy spoon on Copans Road since 1981, this breakfast-lunch diner closed in late December and has been sold to Kristen Nealy, who owns Shadowbar, a restaurant and nightclub in the same plaza. Denise’s, most recently operated by George Abbondante (The Hen and the Hog in Pompano Beach), featured Belgian waffles, oversize omelets, eggs benedicts and several more off-menu chalkboard specials like the Havana Skillet with black beans, plantains and eggs. 2335 NE Fifth Ave.; 954-256-8527,

A Japanese strip-mall sushi haven and a fixture in Parkland’s Riverstone Shoppes for 10 years, Japango permanently closed at the end of December. The restaurant specialized in sashimi and vegan rolls, bento boxes, hibachi fried rice and entrees that included New York teriyaki strip and chicken katsu. 7367 N. State Road 7

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