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If there’s one thing we don’t have in Fort Lauderdale, it’s a downtown rooftop bar—but it looks like that’ll be changing soon.
Next month The Restaurant People will begin construction on the aptly named Rooftop, a bar-slash-restaurant eight stories above Las Olas Boulevard.
It will occupy a 4,000-square-foot roof on top of the new KO Lawyers building at the corner of Las Olas and Andrews Avenue. Still-being-developed menu items will be brought up from a kitchen on the ground floor.
The design will feel like a chic resort patio, with planters of bamboo and a vine-covered trellis running over a long retro-look bar. Couches and lounge chairs will cover an area that blends turf, tile and outdoor rugs. It’ll be part open-air, part exposed to the sun, and surrounded by downtown’s skyline.
“Rooftop will be very natural,” said Tim Petrillo, president and co-founder of The Restaurant People. “It will feel like you’re in a garden, but up on top, right in among the buildings.”
The kitchen will also service the company’s new venture called TRP Taste, a special events space that’ll feature visiting chefs hosting pop-up dinners. The new venture will add to The Restaurant People’s growing chain of eateries, which includes YOLO, Boatyard, S3, and Spatch, the company’s recently opened foray into fast-casual.
While this is downtown Fort Lauderdale’s first rooftop bar, the trend has become popular elsewhere in South Florida. In Miami, the city has added several in the past few years, including Pawn Broker, E11EVEN and Sugar. In West Palm Beach, Roxy’s added a popular rooftop bar in 2009, and Delray Beach’s Buddha Sky Bar sits atop Atlantic Avenue.
Having just gotten the city construction permits, Petrillo expects work to begin in April and to have Rooftop open in June.
Locals can also expect another high-rise rooftop bar to debut in Fort Lauderdale in the coming year. The 24th floor of The Dalmar Hotel, set to open in Flagler Village in spring 2018, will feature a rooftop lounge with indoor and outdoor bars serving craft cocktails and small plates from an open-plan kitchen.
Rooftop; 1 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
If there’s one thing we don’t have in Fort Lauderdale, it’s a downtown rooftop bar—but it looks like that’ll be changing soon. Next month The Restaurant People will begin construction on the aptly named Rooftop, a bar-slash-restaurant eight stories above Las Olas Boulevard.