Trader Joe's Opens in Palm Beach Gardens Tomorrow: Five New Products To Try

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All photos by Nicole Danna
Trader Joe's, the California-based specialty grocery chain with a fanatical following, will be opening the doors to its Palm Beach Gardens store on Friday, September 19, off PGA Blvd.

We were lucky enough to get invited along for another sneak peek before the official grand opening at 8 a.m. tomorrow. But rather than give another photo tour, we went ahead and found five new products worth waiting in line for.

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Smoke BBQ Brings Kansas-City Style to Delray Beach

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Courtesy Smoke BBQ
You can't beat this guy's meat!
Good news for fans of authentic barbecue. Smoke BBQ is now open in Delray Beach.

The restaurant, which quietly opened this week, features authentic Kansas City-style smokehouse barbecue and Carolina pulled pork as well as a large craft-beer selection to wash your meat down with. In addition, Smoke will offer cocktails made with quality purées and house-made simple syrups.

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Get $5 Cold Pressed Juice at Purely Pressed in Fort Lauderdale

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Courtesy of Purely Pressed
These days, juice bars are popping up like froyo shops, one on every corner. Some sell made-to-order juice, while others perfect recipes and pack them up in glass bottles. Others sell all-organic juice for exorbitantly high prices, while a few choose not to use organic produce at all.

At Purely Pressed, a new juice bar that recently opened in Fort Lauderale, all these factors and more were taken into consideration to help make the focus -- and experience -- different than what most people are used to seeing. With a unique approach to making and selling their juices, smoothies, and food, co-owner Alan Potrzuski says he hopes people will see his juice bar and lunch spot as more health-focused than many of the others that have taken root in South Florida over the last few years.

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Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar, Tapas Opening in Coral Springs This Month

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Ian Ibbetson via Brustman Carrino
Italian restaurants may be a dime a dozen in South Florida, but the vast majority are far from authentic -- it's not always easy to weed out the good stuff from the overly red sauced selections.

Coral Springs has cause to celebrate later this month. The city is about to get a good dose of la dolce vita when Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar, Tapas (rebranded from D'Angelo Pizza, Wine Bar, Tapas) opens its doors later this month.

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The Little House in Boynton Beach Closes Saturday

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Photo courtesy of Taste of History Culinary Tours
The Little House will close this Saturday, September 13.
When Chrissy Benoit first heard news that a historic home in Boynton Beach was being given away to whoever pitched the best business concept for it, the prospect of opening a new eatery was an opportunity the former Havana Hideout owner couldn't refuse.

Not only did Benoit win the contest, but one year later -- in the summer of 2012 -- she had transformed the old home into a bright, cozy eatery appropriately named The Little House, offering diners a menu meant to celebrate Old South Florida.

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Delray Beach's Union Closes, Reopens as Smoke BBQ With Famous Pitmaster Bryan Tyrell

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Smoke BBQ
One of downtown Delray Beach's favorite weekend haunts, Union, closed recently, but it's not all bad news.

A new concept has already set up shop in Union's place and will offer something Atlantic Avenue actually hasn't seen yet: barbecue.

Scott Kennedy and Steve Chin wasted no time transforming their popular sushi restaurant and late-night destination into a sleek new barbecue joint dubbed Smoke BBQ.

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Margaritaville Hollywood Announces Summer 2015 Grand Opening

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Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
The long anticipated Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort has confirmed its plan to open in Summer of 2015.

"I am thrilled to be onboard and excited to help bring the vision for this exciting new resort to life," said Cate Farmer, the resort's recently appointed general manager. "With an incredible oceanfront location in Greater Fort Lauderdale and the powerful brand platform of Margaritaville, we are confident Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort will emerge as a top destination for leisure and business travelers from around the world."

Think of it like a Jimmy Buffett themed resort park for grownups.

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Cheesesteak Experience Closes After "Problem with Contractor and Landlord"

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Jess Swanson

Open since 2006 on the corner of A1A and Oakland Park Blvd. in the Galt Ocean Mile, the Cheesesteak Experience has been slinging authentic Philly cheese steaks with South Philly sirloin, rolls from the Amoroso bakery (shipped daily) and Cheez Whiz. The "Whiz wit?" ethos has never been more resplendent in Broward County than within the confines of this quaint but delicious eatery.

Routinely on Clean Plate Charlie's radar and voted by readers as this year's best cheese steak, it is with a heavy heart that we inform that the Cheesesteak Experience is no more.

Or at least isn't for the time being on that particular corner. John Strauss, the Philly native who's taken on the paternal role of grill master from his parents Jeff and Bobbie Strauss, and the Cheesesteak Experience are another in a rapidly increasing line of eateries facing turmoil with their landlords.

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Trader Joe's in Pembroke Pines Is Now Hiring

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Laine Doss
Work at Trader Joe's. Wear a Hawaiian shirt to work every day.
Trader Joe's is poised to take over South Florida with the imminent openings of several locations this fall.

Trader Joe's Delray Beach location is poised for a September 5 opening, with Pembroke Pines scheduled for an October 10 launch date, and they're looking for employees for that location.

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August Restaurant Openings and Closings in Broward and Palm Beach

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With another month comes another batch of new restaurants. Though we still have plenty of spots that we're waiting to see open their doors, the last few months have shown an equal number of places have closed up shop -- or are preparing to reap the rewards of the South Florida season.

From high-end Italian to a pop-up shop inside a new nightclub -- even a fast, casual Asian-inspired eatery -- check out our roundup of restaurant openings, closings, and overall happenings in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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