Openings: Christopher’s Kitchen debuts new West Palm Beach juice bar

052311 (Libby Volgyes/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH GARDENS - Christopher Slawson from Christopher's Kitchen in Palm Beach Gardens poses for a portrait in the restaurant.
Christopher Slawson, at his Christopher’s Kitchen in Palm Beach Gardens. (Palm Beach Post file photos)

Local vegans, rejoice. The immensely popular Christopher’s Kitchen will open its long-awaited sister restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach on Tuesday.

Meraki Juice Kitchen, as the new spot is named, will serve cold-pressed juices and tonics as well as breakfast bowls, soups, salads, gluten-free baked goods, nondairy soft-serve, coffees, beer and wine.

If Christopher’s Kitchen is any indicator of Meraki’s fare, one can expect fresh-made almond “mylks” and a range of savory and sweet dishes enhanced by rich, delicious house-made nut creams and cheeses.  One can also expect generous, varied salads and unparalleled gluten-free items.

Co-owners are plant-based foods chef Christopher Slawson and his uncle Richard Slawson, who transformed Palm Beach Gardens’ Midtown plaza when they opened Christopher’s Kitchen five and a half years ago. The stylish cafe has generated a loyal following among vegans and non-vegans alike.

Smoothie by Slawson. (Palm Beach Post file)
Smoothie by Slawson. 

Christopher Slawson’s creative ways with dish flavors, dressings, sauces and textures has set the place apart from crunchy vegan places of yore.

His philosophy is referenced in the very name of Meraki Juice Kitchen, for the name means “to do something with soul, creativity or love, to put something of yourself into your work,” as the Slawsons’ explained in a press release Wednesday.

The restaurant, which will offer outdoor seating, will serve as a template for future locations. The owners have chosen a Meraki location in Boca Raton and are working to secure another in Delray Beach.

Also new is the Slawsons’ 5000-square-foot production kitchen, where they prepare juices and other items.


Meraki Juice Kitchen

Location: 328 Fern St., West Palm Beach

Hours: Opening on Tuesday, Aug. 16; will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.


Cue the mariachis: It’s the newest Taco Tuesday in West Palm Beach

Mariachi moment at Banko Cantina. (Contributed)
Mariachi moment at Banko Cantina in downtown West Palm Beach. (Contributed)

It’s Taco Tuesday tonight at the new Banko Cantina in downtown West Palm Beach. That means all you can eat tacos for $16 ($30 for seafood tacos). And next Tuesday, it also means live mariachi music.

Mariachi de Mi Tierra de Juan  García plays on Banko’s rooftop from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 5th, and the first Tuesday of every month.

The main dining room at Banko Cantina. (Contributed)
The main dining room at Banko Cantina operates on the first floor. (Contributed)

The tri-level restaurant and bar opened last month in the landmark building that once housed the American National Bank. That building is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic places.

Banko Cantina: 114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach;