Prezzo to open in Palm Beach Gardens’ Scusi spot

First, the bad news: Scusi, the PGA Boulevard trattoria opened by star chef Laurent Tourondel in late 2019, has permanently closed. The good news? Prezzo, the iconic 90s-era Italian restaurant revived in Boca Raton four years ago by restaurateur Burt Rapoport, will take over the space.

Prezzo is expected to open this fall at the PGA Commons plaza in the space that housed Vic and Angelo’s for 14 years before it welcomed Scusi.

“We’re hoping for mid-November. It’s going to be a quick turnaround,” Prezzo’s managing partner Eddie Pozzuoli said Thursday by phone. 

A view of Scusi's sunny patio in Palm Beach Gardens. The spacious restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating areas, punctuated in Mediterranean hues.

The Scusi space, sunny and furnished in Mediterranean blues and whites, is pretty much turnkey, says Pozzuoli, a former Coral Springs restaurant owner who partnered with Rapoport two years ago to run the Prezzo brand.

“Fortunately, we won’t have to do much construction to the space. If at all, it’ll be just cosmetic,” he said.

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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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Taipei Asian Cuisine to open in Pensacola on North Davis this summer

There are a surplus of Chinese takeout restaurants in Pensacola and quite a few more Chinese buffets, but coming up at the end of June, a slightly elevated, sit-down Chinese restaurant will become an option for foodies, courtesy of a well-established local chef and business owner. 

Chuck Nippon, the owner of Nippon Sushi at Cordova Mall, will hit on another one of his entrepreneurial goals when he opens Taipei Asian Cuisine this summer on North Davis Highway. 

“There’s really no nice Chinese dining restaurants here,” Nippon explained Thursday morning. “I wanted to have a really nice, clean and classic Asian restaurant for local people. So when they want to have some really nice Chinese food, some original food, they have some place to go.” 

Taipei Asian Cuisine at 5912 North Davis Highway in Pensacola will open this summer.

There will be a fusion element to the new restaurant, which will seat more than 150 people when factoring in Taipei’s outdoor seating space. Nippon’s

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