Dennis Max to Make Delray Debut
Max, who took a break from the sturm und drang of the restaurant biz after he and partner Burt Rapoport built a restaurant empire during the 1980s and 1990s, is taking over the Northeast 2nd Avenue space that was formerly home to the hugely unrealized Taste Gastropub.
Max's Harvest represents "the second generation of the New American Food movement," Max says, and will feature one-to-one relationships with local and regional growers and producers of artisan foods, with the goal of serving "clean, simple, unadulterated food that lets the land speak for itself."
Chef of the new venture is Chris Miracola, late of Fort Lauderdale's Himmarshee Bar & Grill, who's still in the process of developing Harvest's menu. Among Max's partners in the restaurant is Patrick Broadhead, exec chef of Max's Grille in Boca, which Max still owns.
As for Harvest's physical space, which as Taste was slammed for being even more uncomfortable than it was cold and uninviting, Max plans a warmer and comfier "California Country" redo, with a front dining area that opens onto a garden-like patio set with tables and candles.
Indoors, Taste's butt-busting seating will be replaced with more derriere-friendly booths, banquettes and bistro chairs, while the small back patio will be re-landscaped to become a place for "food-wine cocktail party grazing."
Who knows, it might just be enough to wipe the bad taste of Taste out of local diners' mouths.
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