PL8 to Open Thursday in Place of Old Mainstay Himmarshee Bar & Grille

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Himmarshee Bar & Grille closed Sunday in preparation for its transformation to PL8.
Himmarshee Bar & Grille, a fine-dining anchor of downtown Fort Lauderdale's entertainment district, closed its doors for good Sunday.

That's the bad news. The good news is that it'll reopen Thursday as PL8, a small-plates concept. The new restaurant will feature appetizer-sized portions priced from $6 to $10.

A temporary banner will be hung today, and a permanent sign should be in place before the reopening Thursday. Furniture is supposed to arrive today. It's a tight schedule for a restaurant redo, but owner and managing partner Dave Nicholas said the plans have  been laid to pull it off.

Nicholas said the need to remake Himmarshee Bar & Grille became clear a couple of years ago, when it seemed diners were coming mostly for special occasions. That's when they noticed many tables ordering appetizers only and sharing, rather than going for the higher-cost entrées.

"I think people love appetizers and love to share, so the idea was a menu full of appetizers that they can pass around," Nicholas said.

The squash purses, long a favorite of the Himmarshee menu, will remain. The cheese-stuffed dates are, for now, gone, but Nicholas says that's because dates are out of season. "They may make a return," he says.

New for the restaurant is a wood-burning pizza oven that can reach 800 degrees. Centered in the back of the room, it will be the focal point of the dining room and churn out pizzas and flatbreads.

Chef Brandon Whitestone spent weeks refining the menu. The intention was to use high-quality ingredients without seeming too highfalutin. "It'll be our style of food, our flavor profile, but very approachable," Nicholas said.


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ted inserra
ted inserra

when the H.B,&G. 1st opened up, it was the 2nd best restaurant in Lauderdale behind Mark's Las Olas, and i was working at both, the menu was upscale and innovative, sometimes i want to go where prices do not matter, and the quality of the food reign's supreme, and this place provided that....now it has a wood burining oven....so does The O,B, Breakfast House down the block.....another great restaurant surrenders to the general public...

Andy
Andy

Craft beer? DRAFT?

Sherlock
Sherlock

This place was never as good as they thought they were. You don't dump 10 years of branding just to change the menu

They had a Lien on their liquor license so there's some fishy business going on. Nicholas was involved with that Vicinos scam too. This just smells of Barton covering for his slimy buds

Bill Odell
Bill Odell

I worked in the kitchen with Chef Youssef and company from '01 - '05, it's a shame they closed up, alot of hard work and good memories there. The best staff and the best run establishment I have EVER worked for, and with, in my 23 years in the biz...     Bill

Ashley
Ashley

Fat Hand doesn't use coupons!

R. D. M.
R. D. M.

I hope they stay open late for the bar crowd

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Very interesting. This is a little sad because Himmarshee has long been one of my favorite restaurants, but it probably could use a change, and I am sure it will still serve very good food. Optimistic is what I am. I hope they don't change much about Side Bar...and I wonder if they will still honor this groupon coupon.

Jeff
Jeff

You'd think they'd mention this on their webstite or facebook page or on twitter. These scumbag bar owners deserve to lose money. They dont give a crap about their customers

The Pulp Blog
The Pulp Blog

I'm going to have to disagree with you on that one, Jeff. I go there probably once a week, mostly for cocktails, which regularly seem to turn into dinner. Especially with the new chef, it has been consistently excellent, and I'm excited to see what they can do with small plates.

cljahn
cljahn

I'm with Eric on this one; the owners wisely re-tooled to keep diners coming.  I loved HG, but rarely ate there because of the prices.  A lower-price menu and smaller servings sounds like a great idea!  I admit, I am surprised to hear about it this way; this is my neighborhood, and usually you see big changes coming.  OTOH, it doesn't sound like any one lost their job, so that may explain why it stayed on the QT.

Jeff
Jeff

Nobody cares about the restaurant. Is it going to be PL8 and Side Bar now?

Stefan Kamph
Stefan Kamph

They could at least rename the "squash purses." Shiver.

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