Morikami Museum Reopening June 2
(PRESS RELEASE)_Delray Beach, FL – Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is pleased to welcome back visitors starting on Tuesday, June 2. Public hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In consideration of the safety of visitors and staff, the Museum will follow CDC guidelines regarding capacity limits and six-foot social distancing, as well as have created a robust cleaning and sanitizing schedule. Masks will be required to be worn at all times while inside the Museum Building and Japanese gardens. Frequent sanitation of high contact areas will be routinely performed, and guests are encouraged to use the hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the Museum.
Visitors will be required to use credit and debit cards for museum entry and at the Museum Store, as cash transactions will not be available. Members will have their digital membership cards scanned to ensure a contact-free check-in.
Areas open for public visitation will include the Roji-en Japanese Garden, Bonsai Exhibit, Cornell Café (with limited services), and the Museum Store (with limited capacity). Garden paths will be one-way only, and guests are encouraged to follow proper social distancing. Professional photography must be scheduled in advance through the museum’s facility rentals department.
The museum’s galleries, exhibitions, theater, Seishin-an Tea House, and Yamato-kan will remain closed at this time. All public programming will remain suspended through September 30, 2020.
In the event of inclement weather, visitors will be required to wait in their vehicles until conditions subside and they are permitted back into the museum and gardens.
For a contact-free experience, take a self-guided garden audio tour at morikami.org/tours.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. For more information, call (561) 495-0233 or visit morikami.org.
Lola 41 Reopens in Palm Beach
(PRESS RELEASE)_(PALM BEACH, FL) - May 21, 2020 - Lola 41 Global Bistro & Sushi Bar, located at 290 Sunset Avenue, has reopened for dine-in service for dinner and, beginning on Sunday May 31, will be serving Sunday Brunch. After making some major shifts in service protocols to keep staff and diners safe, Lola 41 offers the same great food and vibe, as it reopens and welcomes diners in the restaurant and outdoor patio at 50% capacity. Reservations are available by phone and walk-ins are welcome with the understanding that they comply with social distancing inside and outside of the restaurant.
Also, Lola 41 will continue its popular curbside takeout and delivery seven days a week, and guests may now enjoy signature special promotions including:
Happy Hour: 7 days a week from 4pm - 6pm featuring $10 Sushi and Small Plate dishes like the Shrimp Tempura Roll and Catonese Style Pork Pot Sticks; as well as “Two for $10” small plate selections. Guests will also enjoy 50% all cocktails and mixed drinks including specialty Spritzes
LoLa’s Sushi Sundays: 4pm - 9:30pm offering buy one get one free (of equal or lesser value) on Lola’s full Sushi roll menu, including classic, traditional and specialty rolls.
In response to CDC guidelines and in compliance with Covid-19 recovery phases, restaurateur Marco Coelho and team have incorporated innovative solutions and established new best practices to ensure that precautions are taken to keep staff and guests safe.
“We have a long business history of successfully adapting to serve the best interests of our guests,” said Coelho. “Our opening in Palm Beach was very successful, so it was extra hard to have to close five weeks later and reinvent ourselves for this new era. However, we are proud of our new service standards and look forward to offering the same fun and high quality dining experience at Lola 41 that guests have come to expect from us.”
According to Coelho, guests will experience changes in dining service and setup starting with tables spaced for social distancing, servers wearing masks and gloves, and contact-free ordering through a downloadable app called TOAST; available for both Android and iPhone users. As diners are seated, staff will instruct them on how to download the TOAST app to view the menu and then pay using a QR code. For those who prefer not to use the app, disposable menus are available upon request, and guests will have the option to settle their checks using their credit card. No cash will be accepted. Additional precautions include enhanced sanitization of glassware, silverware, pens, and other items as well as individually wrapped drink garnishes.
Lola 41 is now open for Dinner seven days a week: Sunday-Thursday, 5pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday, 5pm - 10:30pm; Happy Hour, 4pm - 6pm; and Sushi Sundays from 4pm - 9:30pm. Sunday Brunch will start May 31st from 11:30am - 3pm. Curbside takeout and delivery are also available for dinner, happy hour and Sushi Sundays.
For more information, visit lola41.com or call 561-599-5652
Keys Resort Offers Escape Package
(TRAVEL NEWS)_As the Florida Keys prepare to reopen to tourists on June 1, the iconic Cheeca Lodge & Spa is offering an Escape To The Keys Package. Guests who book now through May 31, 2020 can save up to 30% off nightly rates from June 1, 2020 through December 17, 2020. This package also includes a variety of perks including a waived resort fee, two welcome drinks and a complimentary “Welcome Back” gift from Cheeca's Signature Store. This offer is available on specific room categories. The resort’s food and beverage outlets are also offering dine-in with proper social distancing, in addition to take-out options for guests. Nightly package rates start at $159/night.
Naples Resort Offers Sweet Suite Deal
(TRAVEL NEWS)_Travelers looking to explore the serene west coast while remaining socially distant can book Naples Grande Beach Resort's Sweet Suite Deal. Available on all 2020 bookings, this package includes the spacious accommodations of the resort’s remote Garden Villa One Bedroom Suites. Garden Villas offer an oasis away from the main tower, featuring 700 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space, two patios or balconies that overlook private gardens and ponds. Starting at $379 per night, guests who book this package will also receive daily breakfast for up to four. Naples Grande Beach Resort also has several of their signature food and beverage outlets open for take-out and all three pools remain open for guests, with proper six-foot distancing.
Farmer's Table Open
Lakeside Park Opens
From Village of North Palm Beach Communications Manager Ed Cunningham: "Lakeside Park beach and parking lot are now open. Lakeside Park has fully reopened, including the beach area and parking lot. Please remember stay at least six feet from others at all times. Maximum allowable group size is 10." More CDC guidelines here.
Doris Markets Resume Normal Hours May 24
(PRESS RELEASE)_SUNRISE, Fla. (May 19, 2020) – Doris Italian Market & Bakery locations throughout South Florida will resume normal business hours beginning Sunday, May 24. The Sunrise, Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines and Boca Raton locations are open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The North Palm Beach location is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The specialty supermarket is receiving daily shipments and working with vendors to keep the shelves stocked as best as possible.
All locations will close at 2 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. For more information email email@example.com or call 954-572-5269.
Florida Company Donating Hand Sanitizer
(PRESS RELEASE)_Palm Springs, FL, May 18, 2020 – Oxygen Development, a South Florida-based manufacturer of cosmetics, personal care and over the counter products, is protecting vulnerable populations from COVID-19 while saving the jobs of its more than 700 employees. The company is re-purposing many of its manufacturing lines into the production of hand sanitizer, which will be both donated and available at more affordable cost than currently available to the general public.
Oxygen is committed to saving lives and pledges to aid the populations that are most vulnerable to COVID-19 -- the needy, healthcare workers and first responders, by donating 50,000 units of hand sanitizer to first responders in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, the Urban League of Palm Beach County, Jackson Health Foundation, Boca Helping Hands, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
“We are tired of seeing price gouging which is difficult on our neighbors and community, many of who have lost jobs and are just trying to keep their families safe,” said Philippe Cohen, CEO of Oxygen Development. “We can provide this critical product quickly, safely, and cost-effectively to those who need it most while continuing to compensate our employees. Everyone has a role to play in helping our community through this pandemic, and we are so grateful that we are in a position to keep our people employed and to help those in need.”
The 50,000 units produced will be donated to hospitals, the needy, and first responders throughout Florida, in the month of May and June. For consumers, the hand sanitizer will be marketed under the Oxygen Health & Wellness brand and sold at OxygenWellness.com. The products are being sold at cost for $3.99 per 5 oz. bottle, sold in packages of six for $23.94 and $12.96 per 31.2 oz, bottle, sold in packages of three for $38.88. Hand sanitizer sachets will also be available soon.
The production is taking place at Oxygen’s headquarters in Palm Springs, Florida, which is an FDA/OTC approved production and warehousing facility.
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Chops Lobster Bar Opens for Dine-In
(PRESS RELEASE)_Chops Lobster Bar, a member of the award-winning Atlanta-based Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, is opening today, May 15th, for Dine-In service (25% capacity) while still offering top-notch curbside pick-up and delivery options. The restaurant will be open for dinner Sunday thru Thursday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and on Friday and Saturday from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
Chops Lobster Bar, located at 101 Plaza Real South in Boca Raton, is honoring and exceeding all of the necessary national, state and local safety guidelines along with some additional measures to ensure the safety of their staff and their guests. The Buckhead Life restaurants have been planning and preparing for several weeks in anticipation of re-opening. In addition, the restaurant has held several training sessions and practiced mock service without the public.
The restaurant will also continue to provide online ordering for curbside and take out as well as delivery through DoorDash from 5 PM to 9 PM, daily. Reservations can be made through OpenTable, or by calling the restaurant 561-395-2675.
It’s sister restaurant in Boca Raton, City Fish Market is currently only offering curbside pick-up and delivery but tentatively plans to re-open on Thursday, May 21st. They are located at 7940 Glades Road in Boca Raton. Guests can order online for curbside pickup, or have your meal delivered by DoorDash and Delivery Dudes. The in-house fish market is open daily from 12 PM to 8 PM). Please visit, https://buckheadrestaurants.com/restaurant/city-fish-market/ or call 561-487-1600.
These two upscale establishments offer the freshest and finest seafood, prime steaks, wine and other specialties for which they are all well-known for. The Atlanta-based Buckhead Life Restaurant Group currently owns and operates twelve restaurants, including four upscale restaurants in South Florida (City Fish Market, Chops Lobster Bar, Lobster Bar Sea Grille in Fort Lauderdale and Lobster Bar Sea Grille in Miami Beach).
Palm Beach County Food Finder Map
(NEWS RELEASE)_United Way of Palm Beach County has created a FOOD FINDER MAP in response to COVID-19 as a means of connecting individuals seeking food resources to sites near them in a quick and accessible way. Through collaboration with several community partners including Palm Beach County, the School District of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Food Bank, Feeding South Florida, FLIPANY, Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Area Agency on Aging Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Living Hungry, and Hospitality Helpings Hands, information on sites offering food services was collected and uploaded to the Palm Beach County Food Finder map. United Way of Palm Beach County will update this resource weekly.
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