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Top Hat Deli Is Set To Open In September, And Its Backstory Is Rooted In Family History

UPDATE: Top Hat has opened for business, as of Monday, Sept. 14. The deli will be open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A new restaurant is looking to put a modern twist on classic deli offerings such as corned beef and matzo ball soup and combine them with a warmhearted atmosphere.

Top Hat Deli—the newest venture from be nice restaurant group, which owns four other Fort Lauderdale restaurants: Foxy BrownG&B Oyster BarRedcow and Coconuts—will open in September.

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“Delis were a big part of [owner Elliot Wolf’s] life growing up, a place that he associated with family and culture. He wanted to bring a place like that to Fort Lauderdale,” be nice restaurant group representative Sasha Formica said. 

Indeed, the eatery’s backstory is rooted in Wolf’s family history.

The idea for the name came from a top hat Wolf’s grandfather brought with him when he immigrated to New York City from Germany in 1932. It was also the hat Wolf’s father wore to marry his wife, and the one he later wore to Wolf’s own wedding.

“Top Hat is dedicated to my father, my grandfather and the values they instilled in me, which made me who I am today,” Wolf says in a description on the restaurant’s website. 

So, why did the restaurant choose the location at 415 NE 3rd St.? 

“The be nice restaurants have found their home in Fort Lauderdale, we believe in the growth of the downtown corridor and wanted to be a part of it,” Formica said. 

The restaurant is currently hiring for about 20 to 30 part-time and full-time positions. Among these are servers, bartenders, greeters, line cooks and dishwashers.

The eatery is among the be nice restaurants supporting the Mockingbird Trail, Fort Lauderdale’s first urban art trail. The restaurant group has donated more than $5,000 to the project. Its restaurants will be featured as “first-off-the-trail” locations on a list that recommends several local establishments to walkers after they come to the end of the trail.

The 2-mile trail is a community-driven project, and the first phase is set to open Oct. 17, said Ashley Turner, community manager for Cadence Planning and Designing. The trail will feature sculptures by Valeria Yamamoto.

Top Hat Deli; 415 NE 3rd St., Fort Lauderdale

For employment inquiries, contact tophatdeli@benicerestaurants.com.