Restaurant (Bad) News: Ciao Italian Oven Café, So Long Broward Three, Later Market Salamander
• What we laughably call "the economy" is also said to be responsible for the closure of a trio of well-known Broward County eateries. Frankie's 124 (ne: Frankie's Pier 5) in Hallandale Beach is toast after 40 years, though co-owner Louis Perrone says on the restaurant's website, "We might spring up again soon." Cohiba Brasserie in Pembroke Pines has also gone up in smoke.
• Even in la-te-da Palm Beach, where the economy is so bad the Islanders have to struggle by on only one Bentley, a high-end market can't make a go of it. Market Salamander, which offered a limited but quality selection of meat, seafood, cheeses, wines and assorted "gourmet" products, has slunk off into the sunset, forcing its well-heeled clientele to actually rub shoulders with the peasants at Publix. Oh, the horror!