Delray Beach's culinary scene is set for a thrilling expansion with the arrival of American Social Bar & Kitchen (AmSo) and Roka Hula, a Polynesian-themed eatery, in the bustling Pineapple Grove district. These new additions are poised to further energize the already vibrant downtown area, particularly along Atlantic Avenue.

AmSo, a favorite among its patrons, is slated to open its doors next year in Pineapple Grove, just a stone's throw from Atlantic Avenue. This marks a significant move for the popular American bistro, known for its lively atmosphere and delectable cuisine.

Joining AmSo is Roka Hula, brought to life by the creators of Calaveras Cantina and Voodoo Bayou. Set to occupy the former Taverna Opa space at 270 E. Atlantic Avenue, Roka Hula promises a unique Polynesian twist to the local dining scene with its craft cocktails and Pan-Asian menu.

Meanwhile, One Hospitality from Ohio is revamping the space formerly held by Salt7 at 32 S.E. 2nd Ave. While retaining the Salt7 name for now, with a refreshed menu, plans are underway to introduce a new and exciting brand next year.

These establishments are set to amplify the allure of Delray Beach's most dynamic corner: the intersection of Second Avenue and East Atlantic Avenue. "We're thrilled about the synergy this neighborhood offers," said Reed Woogerd of One Hospitality. "Our goal is to add a new dimension to the diverse culinary experiences along Atlantic Avenue."

The area, already a magnet for popular spots like El Camino, The Office, Park Tavern, and Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar, is fast becoming a hub for both fine dining and a hotspot for young professionals.

American Social will occupy the former Meisner Electric site in the Ocean City Lumber Company property, a location known for its distinctive water tower. This Pineapple Grove location was chosen for its size and proximity to a city-owned parking garage, making it an ideal spot for diners.

Tony Mijares Jr., a partner at American Social, expressed enthusiasm for the new location, anticipating it to be as successful as its counterparts in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, and recently in Boca Raton's Mizner Park.

Roka Hula's Curtis Peery sees the former Taverna Opa space as an opportunity to introduce something distinct to Delray Beach's dining scene. The transformation of this space into a Polynesian-style haven is expected to be complete by the end of 2024.

As for Salt7, One Hospitality's acquisition and menu revamp are just the beginning. With plans to evaluate and potentially introduce a new concept next year, the company is committed to making a significant mark in South Florida's dining landscape.

This culinary evolution in Delray Beach, particularly around the Pineapple Grove area, is a testament to the city's growing reputation as a destination for diverse and high-quality dining experiences.

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