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Good Spirits, A New Concept From Quarterdeck Owners, Will Be A 'Mad Men'-Era Restaurant And Cocktail Bar In Flagler Village

A new Fort Lauderdale restaurant and bar will let guests step back into the 1960s "Mad Men" era.

Old School Hospitality—the same team behind the popular Quarterdeck restaurant chain—is opening an upscale-casual eatery and lounge in Flagler Village. Set to open in mid-March, Good Spirits will offer an extensive steak menu, a sushi bar, classic cocktails, and a wine list of more than 300 varieties.

From a cocktail lounge with leather couches and color-changing mood lighting to a giant fireplace in the middle of the dining room, Good Spirits' mid-century modern decor should evoke the good feelings of the Kennedy era, America's age of Camelot.

"We went old-school with it by bringing in a '60s mod theme, drinks like Manhattans and Old Fashioned and old martinis," Old School Hospitality partner Paul Flanigan said.

The steakhouse-style menu will include bone-in cuts to New York strip with crab meat and asparagus, high-end chef and Caesar salads, potatoes au gratin, loaded truffle fries, and seafood like jumbo shrimp and lobster tail.

Good Spirits will also have a sushi kitchen with 10 to 12 tables and booths, where guests can watch the dishes being prepared. Plus, diners can expect an outdoor patio with both tables and chairs or couches for seating, as well as a visual wine cellar up above holding 300 to 400 bottles.

"You can get a Manhattan and sushi and fine bottles of wine and steak—it's really unique," Flanigan said.

Even the musical variety and the lounge and restaurant will be as all-encompassing.

"The transition would be from Frank Sinatra to Kendrick Lamar and back again," Paul's son and partner, James Flanigan, said. "The whole point is to have everyone there, all generations, enjoying the music."

Good Spirits will be opening in the Fresh Market-anchored shopping center on North Federal Highway. It will be located within the ground floor of a six-floor parking garage that's being built to accommodate moviegoers at a new dine-in cinema.

Though the new restaurant concept has been years in the making, according to Flanigan, construction was delayed as plans for the parking garage developed. Still, Flanigan said he's proud his partners had the foresight to open up shop in such a "dynamite" area.

"What we're trying to capture is the young professionals on the one side of Federal Highway and also the [earlier] generation in Victoria Park all to come eat there," he said.

Old School Hospitality will also be opening a new Quarterdeck in Fort Lauderdale on 17th Street, with a new cocktail lounge concept called Side Bar opening in late 2017 or early 2018. 

(Rendering courtesy of Old School Hospitality)