The Breakers has announced the name of its new restaurant at Via Flagler, the mixed-used development being built at the former Testa’s site.
Henry’s Palm Beach, named after Breakers founder Henry Flagler, is slated to debut in early 2020.
Until now, the restaurant’s name had not been publicly released. The Breakers’ application for a 152-seat restaurant was approved by the Town Council in July.
The new restaurant will feature classic American fare and “elevated” comfort food as it aspires to be “a coveted neighborhood gathering spot for dining and drinks,” the resort said.
Flagler, the Standard Oil partner, railroad tycoon and Palm Beach developer in 1896 founded and built the oceanfront hotel that in 1901 was renamed The Breakers.
During Flagler’s day, Royal Poinciana Way was called Main Street — and that ties into the Henry’s restaurant concept, said Nick Velardo, The Breakers’ vice president of restaurant food and beverage.
“Henry’s Palm Beach was inspired by its location on Royal Poinciana Way, known as Palm Beach’s ‘original Main Street,’” he said. “Building on that legacy, the culinary concept reflects the same timeless American spirit, where people gather as a community to enjoy a great meal. Both the atmosphere and menu items are designed to be approachable, where guests can sip and socialize among neighbors, friends and family in a casual, yet elegant environment.”
Henry’s will be on the first floor of the westernmost of three buildings that face Royal Poinciana Way.
The development, officially called Via Flagler by The Breakers, also includes three Sunset Avenue-facing buildings. Each building features a second-story residence and first-floor retail space.
The Royal Poinciana Way buildings should be finished by the end of January, while “the whole site will be open by the end of April,” Cody Crowell, construction manager for Palm Beach-based Frisbie Group, which is developing the site, told the Palm Beach Daily News in late October.
The 1.3-acre site once was home for decades to Testa’s restaurant, an empty service-station building and several shops. They were razed to make way for the new development,
A company affiliated with The Breakers in 2018 paid $20 million for the ground floor areas of the two-story development from a company controlled by the Frisbie Group.
The Breakers and the Frisbie Group announced in 2017 that an affiliate of the resort would buy the retail and restaurant space as well as the project’s common areas, courtyards and underground parking garage.
Henry’s Palm Beach is in “an alfresco plaza that will feature a curated collection of boutiques, eateries and residences,” according to The Breakers.
The new restaurant’s interior is being fashioned by lauded international hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany, who’s working on the project as a design consultant to Dailey Janssen Architects, The Breakers said.
The Breakers has collaborated with Tihany on several design projects in recent years, including the resort’s iconic lobby and some of its existing restaurants.
Henry’s is the 10th restaurant to join The Breakers’ collection of dining outlets.
On the resort’s hotel property at 1 S. County Road and its golf-and-tennis clubhouse facility across the street at 2 S. County Road, The Breakers operates eight eateries including Flagler Steakhouse, Seafood Bar and HMF.
Offsite, The Breakers operates Echo, an Asian restaurant on Sunset Avenue.
Henry’s will be open for lunch, “social hour,” dinner, late-night cocktails and weekend brunch.
Laurel Baker, chief executive officer of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, said she’s looking forward to seeing how Henry’s and its American fare enhance the island’s dining scene.
“Classic American fare has so much to offer, especially if you take a look at historic menus and the new twists given to traditional dishes — and who better than The Breakers to pull it all together,” Baker said. “Henry’s is sure to be a great success, especially with the hotel’s hospitality that has been a tradition (in Palm Beach) for so long.”