Fork & Balls Looks to Be Another Victory for the Restaurant People

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CandaceWest.com
Co-founder Tim Petrillo and Executive Chef and co-founder Peter Boulukos.
It's 7 o'clock on a Thursday night.

Outside, the damp pavement is steaming from an afternoon interspersed with showers and intense summer sun. Puddles line the curbs.

When the door opens, the cacophonous roar of multitudinous conversations rolls into the street.

"It'll be about two hours," says the hostess to an older, well-dressed couple inquiring about a table.

They walk toward the bar, quickly disappearing into the crowd.

The vintage-looking bar at Fork & Balls is stacked four deep with a wide array of people: 20-somethings in skyscraper platforms and short dresses, 40-something professionals in office-casual apparel, middle-aged couples in shorts and polos, and one dude straight out of a surf shop ad.

The people-watching is prime: Standing near the subway-tiled-partition separating pub-height tables from the bar, a guy with a manscaped beard, black-rimmed glasses, and a thin gold chain attempts to chat up a lean woman, with a half-sleeve tattoo, nearly a foot taller than him.

The Restaurant People are known for crafting a scene.

Founded in 1996 by Tim Petrillo, Peter Boulukos, and Alan Hooper, the company has owned and operated some of the hottest restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. It started with downtown Fort Lauderdale's comfortable epicurean haven Himmarshee Bar & Grille in 1997. Three years later, it expanded to include upscale nightlife spot Side Bar.

Two years later, the group opened the doors to River House. Set in two historic homes that were combined to configure the restaurant and catering hall, the elegant riverfront structure sat on the former site of Fort Lauderdale's original post office.
A year later, the team launched Tarpon Bend, one of the longest-running bars on Himmarshee Street.


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Fork & Balls

1301 E Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

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........................otherwise AMERICAN SOCIAL was heralded as a great "burger" place and then even with all the hoopla AMERICAN SOCIAL isn't even on the TEN BEST BURGER joints here in this paper


of course the self-serve BEER was and is a great HIT - bingo - a foodie place that really wants to be another DIRTY BLONDEs wild and crazy bar scene except with guys in ties and chicks with dicks


what a scam


BUT this paper did cover a real doozie at YOLO, whereby women would "run-up" ficticious tabs in the hundreds or thousands of dollars that marks looking for sex would be asked to pay for,  and the women would apparently do this with the cooperation of the staff at YOLO - i mean HOW ELSE does that happen - right ?


the YELP reviews do give a HINT that the wait staff may drop a dime to have your car towed - there might be the reason for the TWO HOUR wait - and that the hanky panky may be a staged act 


i guess we will see WHOs BALLs get FAWKED here !


frankd4
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....................it's still IL MULINOs for me and in that part of town GRAN FORNO or ATS a PIZZA


and i am sure with limited parking there the FT LIQUORDALE GESTAPO AT THE parking violations bureau AND THE STORM TROOPERS of the predatory towing operations will love this place


if a place doesn't offer FREE PARKING during a sit down meal that should be the first tip-off


the wine list would be the second tip off


strangely enough here is another tip off - a TWO HOUR WAIT ? for what ? three little meatballs ? then either the service is very slow or the kitchen is understaffed or the door wants a schmear to seat you - in any event this will be worked out by the time for snow-bird SEASON because the las olas NYers i know won't stand for that


JOHNNY COCKTAILs had the same concept and it BOMBed in three different locations (so i guess it was the concept - right ?)


being italian maybe i'm harder on italian places and LAS OLAS has long been an unnecessarily up-scale  take-it-or-leave-it kind of place,  some scams some misadventures, and two or three visits for the food may be the limit here

Karla Zamor
Karla Zamor

I keep hearing about this place... Time for a field trip!

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