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Hello, old sport: Gatsby’s Joint opens in Fort Lauderdale

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Gatsby's Joint

2460 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 754-332-2125, GatsbysJoints.com

First-time restaurateurs have debuted this speakeasy club in the former Tedesco’s Italian Restaurant.

“I dance competitively and fell in love with foxtrot and swing and the music from that era. Thus came Gatsby’s Joint — a 1920s speakeasy with live jazz and blues music and great cuisine,” co-owner Elaine Krieger says.

Small plates of American fare include thyme-roasted rainbow carrots ($12), a trio of prime beef sliders ($16), blackened ahi tuna seared rare with wasabi and sriracha aioli ($16), Shrimp Un-Ceviche ($16), Pittsburgh rib-eye with wild organic mushrooms ($16) and a caviar tasting ($25).

The Cocoa Overdose tempts with 6-inch-high chocolate cake layered with dark chocolate mousse and cocoa buttercream ($9).

Prohibition-themed cocktails ($14) sport names such as the Flapper with gin and Champagne, the Mobster Manhattan, Bugsy’s Gin Rickey and Lucky Luciano’s Old Fashioned.

Dinner is served nightly, plus lunch on Sunday, amid rustic chandeliers, red tufted leather bar chairs, gold leather table chairs, acid-washed cement floors and antique lights.

“There are whisky barrels, old phonographs, telephones and radios throughout to give a feel of the period,” Krieger says. “The entrance is through a period red telephone booth.” 

Musicians entertain nightly with dancing.

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