Palm Beach panache: Peek Cafe Boulud’s sunny, new look

Relocated and resplendent: Cafe Boulud has a sleek new bar. (Photo: Noah Fecks)
Relocated and resplendent: Cafe Boulud has a sleek new bar. (Photo: Noah Fecks)

Don’t expect uber-chef Daniel Boulud to make too much of the recent revamping of his Café Boulud Palm Beach. He won’t spin it to sound hip or trendy – he has little use for such ephemeral qualities.

“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.

The glowy new bar is now the dining room's focal point. (Photo: Noah Fecks)
The glowy new bar is now the dining room’s focal point. (Photo: Noah Fecks)

Those who may believe Boulud might gild the menu to match the new, glowing bar may not grasp the chef/restaurateur’s café concept.

“The food is trying to be very tasty, not very refined,” he says.

Read the full story on the iconic Palm Beach eatery here.

Where’s the beef? Why Shake Shack raised its prices

A double ShackBurger costs between 5 to 15 cents more at most locations, to help Shake Shake pay its workers above minimum wage. (Cox Newspapers)
A double ShackBurger costs between 5 to 15 cents more at most locations, to help Shake Shake pay its workers above minimum wage. (Cox Newspapers)

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.

READ WHY THE COMPANY DID IT AND HOW CUSTOMERS RESPONDED

 

What cholesterol? The formerly feared egg now okay to enjoy

Photo: Cox Newspapers
Photo: Cox Newspapers

Want to embrace an eating plan that complies with the new federal dietary guidelines? Crack a few eggs this week. Really.

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.