NEW POMPANO BEACH RESTAURANTS: Legends Tavern & Grill Opening Soon
by Marie Puleo, Pompano Beach News Reporter
POMPANO BEACH RESTAURANTS: A new Legends Tavern and Grille will be opening soon. The Pompano Beach Legends restaurant will be located at 10 SW 6th Street in Pompano Beach (the corner of SW 6th Street and S. Cypress Road).
It will be the fourth Legends location for Jess Louis and his father Russel, the duo that founded the original restaurant in 2010 in Sunrise, and has since expanded the casual dining restaurant chain to Deerfield Beach (2015; 1391 S Military Trail,) and Lighthouse Point (2017; 3128 N Federal Hwy).
Their goal is to open the Legends in Pompano Beach in late October or November, said Jess Louis.
The majority owner of The Foundry restaurant in Pompano Beach, Frank Grieco, has partnered with the father-and-son team to open the new location, along with Brendan Fonteciella and Nicholas Spau.
The new restaurant will include an indoor dining area and bar, as well as a covered outdoor dining patio and bar, and will be able to sit about 100 guests. It will be located in a building that used to be occupied by Pizza Moda, a restaurant that was opened by Grieco and Spau.
The current Legends menu, which includes traditional “bar bites” and American specialty dishes, is currently being revamped for the Pompano Beach Legends restaurant opening, and will go into effect at the three other Legends locations as well.
“We know what our guests like by what they order, so we will focus on those dishes and elevate them to the best that they can be,” said Louis.
In addition to wine and cocktails, an extensive menu of craft beers from local and national brewers will be served.
Like the other Legends locations, the Pompano restaurant will have television screens both inside and out, but the décor will be less “sports bar,” and more “gastropub.” It will be used as a prototype to remodel the three existing restaurants, as well as for future restaurants.
For this venture, Louis and his father decided to join forces with partners who have experience in the restaurant business because “we realize if we want to take this thing to the next level, we can’t do it on our own.”
The idea is for the Pompano location to be the “next generation” of Legends restaurants, and to position the business for future growth, with the potential for franchising.
“By next year, we will be working on opening a fifth location,” said Louis.
Target locations for future restaurants are Coral Springs, Plantation, Pembroke Pines and the West Palm Beach area.
Louis said of the Pompano location: “We thrive on family-oriented areas away from the big box restaurants. This one is off the main drag; it’s in the neighborhood.”
Being in proximity to all of the development that is planned for Old Town and the future Innovation District and downtown was also a factor.
“We feel it’s an up and coming area, and that we’re timing it just right to be a staple for many years to come,” said Louis.