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Plaza Delray plans on upping the culinary game in West Delray, joining the hub of shopping centers at the intersection of West Atlantic Avenue and Lyons Road.
The restaurant/retail center has already leased all of its 30,700 square feet of space so surburbanites west of the Florida Turnpike can expect the likes of Sicilian Oven and Olive U Mediterranean Grill to open over the next three weeks.
Damn Good Sweets, a bakery from the Damn Good Hospitality Group (Revolution Live, Green Bar & Kitchen, Warren Delray), is expected to land early next year.
Dunkin’ and The Poké Company are already up and running.
“Plaza Delray is strategically located for customers traveling north and south,” explains Dunkin’ spokeswoman Erica Roomy. “This location is surrounded by several schools and residential developments, which makes it very accessible for all members of the community.”
Plaza Delray sits at 8858 W. Atlantic Ave., a crossroads location getting buzzier and busier with dining, drinking, entertainment and shopping options coming onto the scene and serving high-end residential developments such as GL Homes’ Seven Bridges, Boca Bridges, Lotus and Dakota Delray communities.
- And just down the road to the east is Tuscany Shoppes with dining options such as BurgerFi, MIA Kitchen & Bar, Starbucks and Yellowtail Modern Asian Cuisine & Sushi.
- Even next door is another shopping center, Shop Delray, with a popular Joseph’s Classic Market as well as Nekter Juice Bar and Ripe, an organic health food store. That’s also where Warren American Whiskey Kitchen is, a chic hotspot from the same people behind Damn Good Sweets coming to Plaza Delray.
“It’s been amazing the last four months,” says Brian Freed, a partner with Damn Good Hospitality Group, referring to Warren. “We wanted to add this dessert element there…but kitchen-wise we were just not set up for that.”
Freed says that the idea is for Damn Good Sweets to not only bring made-from-scratch desserts, pastries, ice creams to West Delray, but to also elevate the dessert fare by supplying sweets to their other properties such as Green Bar & Kitchen, Stache Drinking Den & Coffee Bar and, of course, Warren Delray. He also adds that the location, as the company has seen with Warren Delray, is ideal.
“The amount of building and what they have over there within 2 miles north or south on Lyons Road, three, four, five thousand homes,” Freed says. “It’s a great location. The homes they are building probably start at no less that $700,000, probably a million now with all the demand.”
Ralph DiSalvo, who along with Andrew Garavuso co-owns Sicilian Oven, agrees about the customer base potential of West Delray.
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“We saw Delray as an extremely underserved community with demographics that matched our other six locations perfectly,” DiSalvo says. “Plaza Delray provided a beautiful center that met our new non-negotiables for all locations: Expansive covered comfortable outdoor seating and curbside capabilities to best serve the desires and needs of our guests.”
“They know the home growth that is coming to that area,” explains Chris Stewart, PEBB’s senior vice president of leasing. “They are eating, living and breathing it every day. They just knew there were a lot of voids that need to be filled.”
In addition to the dining, the center will also have tenants such as Cooper Orthodontics, fitness studio F45, Salon Suites, Anderson & Cole Nail Spa as well as a chiropractor and a veterinarian.