• Two big Delray Beach projects on tap for local restaurateur Burt Rapoport. First is a takeover of the now-shuttered Busch's Seafood on the Intracoastal, which Rapoport will make over as Burt's at the Bridge
, a casual, affordable eatery featuring a wood-fired grill, raw bar, live music, and upstairs wine room. Rapoport top toque John Belleme will oversee the food at Burt's, which is shooting for an October debut. The other project is a second Max's Grille, to go into the giant Delray Marketplace retail-residential complex on western Atlantic Avenue. It's expected to reprise the look and food of the Mizner Park original, with an opening date of late 2011.
• Delray's Falcon House has flown the coop, replaced by Triple Eight Lounge
, named for the vodka produced in proprietor Kurt Alderman's hometown of Nantucket. In keeping with the name, most dishes are $8.88 -- burgers, lobster mac 'n' cheese, fish tacos, buttermilk fried chicken tenders. Other dishes are $7.77, $6.66, and $4.44. Infused vodkas, like alliteration, will be big too.
• Gone (and probably already forgotten) are a pair of PBC restaurants: Argentine steak house Argentango Grill
in Boca and Italian pizzeria Borgo Antico
in Palm Beach. Sorry, guys, we hardly got the chance to know you before you went away.
116 NE Sixth Ave., Delray Beach, FL