The Seed: Third Wave Coffee Bar and Cold-Pressed Juice Under One Roof

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If it's one food trend South Florida crushed this year, it's the juice bar. Both Broward and Palm Beach counties saw their fair share of cold-pressed juice bars and smoothie shops.

This year, we've also seen a new movement take hold: specialty coffee, a slow-growing community of local roasters and independent coffee shops brewing small-batch alternatives to the mass market brew we've accepted as status-quo.

While both concepts have spawned many types of businesses in the past 12 months, no one has thought to bring the them together -- until now. Friends and business partners Rachel Eade and Carly Altier are the founders of The Seed, a Boca Raton business that is one part juice and smoothie bar, and one part third wave coffee shop.

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Whole Foods Opening Four New South Florida Stores

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Whole Foods Market is expanding their South Florida presence with the opening of four new shops in the coming months.

The Austin, Texas-based grocer that specializes in organic foods, vegan goods, and sustainable seafood, has just announced several new locations, including stores in Downtown Miami, Pompano Beach, Davie, and West Palm Beach.

See also: Whole Foods Market Is Getting Its Own Brewing Company


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Dunkin' Donuts Opens Six New South Florida Locations

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Laine Doss
Dunkin' Donuts opens a half dozen new stores.
If all this holiday shopping and late-night caroling has you in search of some much-needed java, there's good news for you.

Dunkin' Donuts has announced the opening of six new South Florida locations. The fast food chain currently has over 150 locations throughout South Florida.

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Sloan's Ice Cream Opening in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea on December 20

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Sure, it's that "wonky" chocolatier and those "31 flavors" guys who get instant recognition when it comes to sweets and ice cream peddling, but since 1999, South Florida's had one zany and downright awesomely kooky ice cream maker in her midst, Sloan Kamenstein.

16 years on, the little day-glo ice cream parlor that could has turned into a local franchise and Kamenstein -- an accomplished chef and entrepreneur -- still oversees company operations and is "heavily involved in innovation, product development and growth" according to the company's website.

Created out of a "love of fine foods and sweets," Sloan's Ice Cream is as a much a treat and delight to the palate and pleasure senses as it is a live, visceral lysergic vision experience. If the idea of "pretty princess meets and commandeers the yellow submarine fully fueled with sugar and a budget for kitsch" is something that may induce any form of seizure, you're probably better off sending someone out for a pint of their cold fixings as their stores are delightfully, maddeningly decorated. Imagine an ice cream shop decorated by Tim Burton.

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Bar Rita: Mexican Bar Food by Tap 42 Team

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A rendering of Bar Rita coming to Fort Lauderdale in 2015.
Just when you thought you'd heard all the news there is to hear about Tap 42 founders Sean and Blaise McMackin doing big things in South Florida -- from Blaise's new coffee shop, Warsaw, to the third Tap 42 location in Coral Gables and this month's opening of Green Bar & Kitchen off Gault Ocean Mile -- the members of the restaurant team are making headlines yet again with the announcement of another new concept.

This time it has nothing to do with coffee, beer, or health-focused fare, however. Instead Bar Rita will be all about modern Mexican and hand-crafted margaritas.

See also: Warsaw Coffee Company Coming to Fort Lauderdale From Tap 42 Founder

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QBar Burger and Blues Opening December 2014 in Fort Lauderdale

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A new burger bar and music venue is coming to Fort Lauderdale, and according to creator Laurent Tasic, chef and owner of Sage French Cafe, it will fill a void in the city's live music scene.

QBar Burger and Blues will offer a place where you can grab a signature burger, listen to live jazz and blues, and enjoy a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., seven days a week starting in December for lunch and dinner.

See also: Warsaw Coffee Company Coming to Fort Lauderdale

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Warsaw Coffee Company Coming to Fort Lauderdale From Creator of Tap 42

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A new coffee shop concept is coming to Fort Lauderdale in 2015 and its creators claim that it's like nothing you've seen before in South Florida -- or anywhere, for that matter.

Tap 42 co-owner Blaise McMackin has partnered with Scott Ojeda to provide the city with a new kind of coffee shop. They've named it Warsaw Coffee Company, what will be a spacious, 3,800-square-foot space that includes indoor and outdoor lounge-style spaces, table and bar seating, a pastry kitchen, roasting room, walk-up and drive-through barista bars, and flex space.

See also: Tap 42 Team Announces Bar Rita, a Mexican Bar Food Concept

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T-Mex Cantina Closes; Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar Coming Soon

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Longtime Himmarshee establishment, T-Mex Cantina, has closed it's doors. But don't worry -- not for long.

Soon, expect to see a new and improved concept in its place: Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar, what is being touted as downtown Fort Lauderdale's very first taqueria with a chef-driven menu.

See also: 3 Sons Brewing Company Making A Run For Dania Beach

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Get Quinoa Chaufa at Hollywood's La Huaca Peruvian Cuisine

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La Huaca's Causa de Pescado.
Last month, downtown Hollywood welcomed a newcomer to the dining scene: a Peruvian restaurant called La Huaca.

The bar and restaurant offers a decidedly upscale touch to Peruvian fare with a menu offering a series of new takes on traditional dishes, delivering the flavors of Peru in a more modern light.

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Steve Martorano Is Planning a Fast Casual Restaurant Concept

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Laine Doss
Is Steve Martorano expanding his empire?
Steve Martorano, Fort Lauderdale's favorite "cuz" and cook, is planning on expanding his ever-growing empire.

The chef, who owns two South Florida restaurants, Cafe Martorano and Martorano's Italian American Kitchen at the Seminole Hard Rock, along with restaurants in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, sent out an Instagram to alert his fans to his new project, saying,"The Martorano Restaurant Group Is Expanding with a New Concept of Fast Food Casual Using High Quality Products -- Comfort Italian American Food God Is Good."

See also: Is Cafe Martorano Closing?

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