POMPANO BEACH FISHING VILLAGE: HILTON & RESTAURANTS WILL OPEN SOON
BY MARIE PULEO | POMPANO BEACH REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT REPORTER
After various delays – some related to permitting and COVID-19 – construction of four new businesses in the Pompano Beach Fishing Village beachside development will be completed soon.
The 5-story dual-branded Hilton hotel (Hilton Home2Suites and Tru by Hilton), located south of the Pier Parking Garage, is expected to open by the beginning of April, according to the developer, Aashish Patel of the Fort Myers-based Madhav Group.
Currently all the interior and exterior finishing work is being done, such as the carpet, tile, painting, installation of cabinets, landscaping, outside paver work and signage.
Patel said the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the opening by about three months because it was difficult to procure furniture, fixtures and equipment, and during construction, there were less workers.
“We’re looking forward to the hotel opening,” said Patel. “For the businesses that are open, and are about to open, we really hope to be a good complement and to help bring a lot more people to the Fishing Village.”
The new BurgerFi restaurant is expected to open in early April. The interior buildout and the outside building features are being completed.
The BurgerFi in the Pompano Beach Fishing Village is locally owned and operated by franchisee Foiled By The Burger, LLC.
“It’s been a really long time coming, but we’re so excited that it’s finally getting closer,” said Kevin Koury, managing owner of Foiled By The Burger. “We can’t wait to serve the community and be a part of Pompano Beach moving forward.”
Cannoli Kitchen expects to open its doors the first week of April, according to Christiana Kavadas, one of the owners. The buildout of the restaurant’s interior is in progress. Kavadas is also one of the owners of the original Cannoli Kitchen that opened 26 years ago at 2001 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton.
“We are eager to open,” said Kavadas. “I’m excited to bring a variety of pizzas and Italian favorites to the residents of Pompano, served in a fast and friendly environment.”
Kilwins, specializing in confections such as chocolates, ice cream and fudge, is also busy with its interior buildout, but is aiming for an opening on March 1, 2021.
The Kilwins in the Pompano Beach Fishing Village is owned and operated by South African-born Sean and Jody Kotzen of Pompano Beach.
“It is a challenging time for us to be opening a store,” said Jody Kotzen, “but we’re excited about it and we feel that we can offer a safe environment for our neighbors and friends to come in and have a fun outing while they’re at the Fishing Village. Everybody needs a glimmer of fun in their lives right now.”
The two most recent openings in the Pompano Beach Fishing Village are Alvin’s Island (August 2020), a two-story beach goods store which also offers a vast array of Pompano Beach souvenirs, and Lucky Fish Beach Bar and Grill (July 2020), located right on the beach, just south of the pier. The Beach House opened in 2018, and Oceanic in 2019.
Brimstone Restaurant Group, the owners of the Beach House restaurant, recently announced plans to open a Mexican restaurant in the Pompano Beach Fishing Village, on a vacant parcel at 250 N. Pompano Beach Boulevard, west of the pier. The plans are currently going through the City’s review process. The one-story restaurant would feature a scratch-made kitchen open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, and a patio with ocean views.
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