New restaurant, Pagoda, to open in Delray Beach

South county restaurateur Burt Rapoport is going to great lengths to satisfy a craving. Then again, it’s a recurring craving many locals share, one for homey, unpretentious Chinese food, the kind folks in cities like San Francisco and New York might find at go-to neighborhood spots. 

Rapoport is opening a Chinese restaurant in suburban Delray Beach

“I’m a Chinese food fan — well, me along with everyone else. And you know it’s hard to find a good Chinese restaurant in our area,” says Rapoport, who has hired a veteran executive chef with extensive experience in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.  

Chinese restaurant Pagoda Kitchen to open at Delray Marketplace

Rapoport hopes to open the new restaurant, Pagoda Kitchen, sometime in October. It will take over the former Apeiro space at the Delray Marketplace. 

Rapoport knows the plaza well — his restaurant group owns the popular Burt and Max’s

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Pagoda Kitchen bringing ‘homestyle Chinese’ and Peking duck to Delray Beach

Crispy Peking duck, glazed Chinese spare ribs and tender chickens turning on rotisserie spits will be the first eye-popping spectacle to greet diners entering the new Pagoda Kitchen in Delray Beach.

A pair of six-foot-tall vertical rotisseries are the centerpiece of veteran restaurateur Burt Rapoport’s first “home-style Chinese restaurant,” opening this October inside Delray Marketplace. It replaces the former Mediterranean eatery Apeiro and sits next door to Burt & Max’s, Rapoport’s eatery devoted to American comfort food.

Rapoport admits that Pagoda, specializing in Chinese comfort food, is far removed from the Jewish delis (see: the late Rappy’s), upscale Italian and American spots (Prezzo, Deck 84) that are his wheelhouse. The famed Palm Beach restaurateur grew up in an apartment above his grandfather’s kosher dairy restaurant in Manhattan, his Jewish family knowing little about Chinese food beyond Chinatown and “takeout every Sunday night,” he says.

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