“We wanted to refresh the place. We wanted to open the place up, to create a more airy, light, sunny feeling,” he says on a recent day as the early afternoon sunlight picks up the sleek lines of the dining room’s new central focus: an under-lit, U-shaped bar.
Yes, this bar just might attract a younger, more hip crowd of Palm Beach diners. But that doesn’t mean Boulud is hoping to trade the island’s iconic blue blazers for hipster beards.
“We have to be consistent in what we do. We don’t try to be a trendy place. We want to be a quality place,” says Boulud.
Those who may believe Boulud might gild the menu to match the new, glowing bar may not grasp the chef/restaurateur’s café concept.
Where’s the beef in paying a little more for a burger?
Shake Shack raised its prices this year — including at its Boca Raton location — between 1 and 1.5 percent on most items to help pay its employees above the local minimum wage. That amounts to about 5-to-15 cents on burger and fries.
Yes, this is the same federal government that has cautioned the nation about egg consumption for four decades, citing raised cholesterol risks. The newest guidelines, released last week, removed those decades-long restrictions on dietary cholesterol.
Turns out those hipster gastro pubs that crown every dish with an egg were onto something.
The report’s most strident message addressed the nation’s love affair with sugar, advising Americans to keep added sugars to less than 10 percent of their daily calories. Also key were warnings about sodium, saturated fats and sodium risks.
But eggs – and, gasp, meat – they’re alright.
Read all about it – and about ways to celebrate the formerly feared egg – here.