With the closing of the Ocean Avenue Bridge in Lantana on March 19, residents along the coast will likely find themselves turning more to the businesses along A1A.
They will neither go hungry nor be underdressed, nor will they need to cross the water for gas or to pick up a surfboard, have their hair done, get Fifi groomed or work out.
Here are the businesses that have indicated they will remain open along A1A. The bridge is expected to be closed for at least 22 months.
— Jan Norris
Café Cellini is hidden away in the bottom of The President condo in south Palm Beach, but continental diners seek it out for its elegant atmosphere and classic service.
The Four Seasons has three restaurants — on the patio is the upscale-casual Bistro, and inside, the main fine-dining room, The Restaurant. Chef Darryl Moiles oversees the contemporary menus there. Street foods from around the world are given Moiles’ treatments at the Atlantic Bar and Grill, an alfresco space overlooking the ocean.
Malcolm’s is the renamed restaurant at the Omphoy, and a new chef, Michael Wurster of New York, has been named the executive chef.
The Dune Deck on the beach in Manalapan is an option for breakfast or lunch, with a Greek salad and Greek yogurt as specialties.
At the Tides Bar and Grill (3550 S. Ocean), grilled sandwiches, burgers and happy hours seaside attract a casual crowd.
The Ritz-Carlton has recently reopened its signature Angle restaurant, with a small-plate contemporary concept; Temple Orange is the spot for Sunday brunch and Italian dinners, while Breeze, the pool bar, has lighter fare — salads, seafoods and sandwiches.
Across the street in Plaza del Mar, John G’s holds court in its new location. Favorites of fish and chips, seafood chowder and gazpacho remain on the menu. Thaikyo restaurant serves a blended Asian menu, with bento boxes at lunch and sushi and Thai entrees for dinner. A new addition is the Loggia Café Bistro, where sandwiches and salads are available. The Ice Cream Club in the plaza has frosty treats for all.
At Hugh & Richie’s Seaside Deli near Briny Breezes, pick up prepared foods or sandwiches, or buy convenience foods to go.
In Delray Beach, along A1A, find fine dining and cocktails at the Delray Beach Marriott, modern burgers at Burger Fi, New England fans patronizing Boston’s on the Beach, with an expanded menu and stunning bar upstairs; and Italian specialties at the ocean-view Caffe Luna Rosa.
Latitudes Ocean Grill in Highland Beach’s Holiday Inn serves a Sunday brunch and seafood specialties at dinner.
Beauty and hair:
Spa enthusiasts can check out the many treatments offered to singles or couples at Eau Spa at the Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan.
Plaza del Mar has Maurici’s Salon and Spa, with haircuts and a day spa for massages and facials; Tiffany Nail Salon for full-service nail treatments; Posh for Hair, with numerous salon services and treatments available by appointment.
In Briny Breezes, there’s the Briny Beauty Salon and across the street is Colby’s Barber Shop, an old-fashioned style hair cutter for men.
Sports and fitness:
Work-outs and fitness classes are offered at The Gym in Plaza del Mar.
The Lake Worth Pier Bait and Tackle shop has baits and fishing gear for use on the pier or shore.
Surfing gear and beachwear are available at Nomad’s Surf Shop near Briny Breezes.
Also at Plaza del Mar, find unique jewelry at Jewelry Artisans, specialty clothing at the Cashmere Shop, beach and resort wear at Aqua Beachwear and at Angela Moore’s; contemporary clothing at Chico’s, menswear at Sea Stallion Traders, shoes at Stepping Out Shoe Salon, and upscale women’s wear at Via Condotti and Evelyn and Arthur’s (and its annex).
In Plaza del Mar, for dog grooming, look to Milton’s Grooming; Guido the Tailor handles alterations and tailoring, and banks here are First Trust and Suntrust banks. TD Bank is located just north of Briny Breezes.
Prescriptions can be filled and sundries picked up at the Gulfstream Pharmacy in Briny Breezes.
The Gulfstream Texaco station next door offers car maintenance as well as a fill-up.
For postal needs, the Highland Beach Post Office is just down the road on A1A.