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Is 32 East in Delray Beach closing to make way for another Louie Bossi's?

Welcome to the Eat Beat Newsletter. Today is National Vanilla Custard Day. May I suggest Siciliano's Frozen Custard in Hollywood? Saturday (Aug. 19) is National Soft-Serve Ice Cream Day. Carvel, Dairy Belle and Dairy Queen here we come. Sunday (Aug. 20) is National Bacon Lovers Day. Pig out on the addictive housemade bacon at Council Oak at the Hard Rock casino in Hollywood. And eclipse mania takes hold on Monday, Aug. 21. How about sunchokes and MoonPies?

(Is the end near for 32 East?)

Louie Bossi to replace 32 East in Delray?: The end could be near for 32 East, a Delray Beach dining landmark that has had a four-star run for two decades. According to a Palm Beach Post report, the venerable restaurant will shutter to make way for Louie Bossi's Delray Beach outpost, its third location after Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. Say it ain't so, because the loss would be a crushing blow to the local dining scene. Bossi boss Todd Herbst, of Big Time Restaurant Group, had no comment when I reached him this morning. "You've got to talk to Butch [Johnson, 32 East managing partner]," Herbst says. I couldn't reach Johnson or co-owner Barbara Straub, his wife. Longtime 32 East general manager John Bates had no comment and disputed a quote about the pending sale attributed to him in the Post story, texting me that he "never did say that. Ever." Johnson and Straub opened 32 East in 1996, and the restaurant spurred the development of a dining and entertainment corridor that has become among South Florida's most vibrant.

(No Spring Chicken.)

A chicken casualty in Fort Lauderdale: Spring Chicken, a fast-casual eatery from the owners of Miami Beach's Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, has shuttered its Fort Lauderdale outpost at 2400 N. Federal Highway. The emptied-out restaurant was locked and had a "closed for renovations" sign taped to the front door earlier this week, and Miami New Times reports the closing is permanent. The competition is fierce on the chicken-heavy strip, with PDQ, Chick-fil-A and Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken nearby.

(Krakatoa Indonesian coming to Hollywood Boulevard.)

New chapter for Krakatoa: Krakatoa, an Indonesian eatery at the weekend-only Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood, has bought the shuttered Ends Meat site on Hollywood Boulevard and will soon open its first brick-and-mortar restaurant. Krakatoa's owners say they will still operate the 23-seat corner stall at the market and hope to open the new restaurant by October. Ends Meat was well regarded during its 16-month run but became another victim of South Florida's slow season.

(Three stars for Eduardo de San Angel.)

An old reliable: I visited Eduardo de San Angel in Fort Lauderdale for my latest review, and although some might find chef-owner Eduardo Pria's restaurant dated, I find it comforting, dependable and delicious. The restaurant isn't standard Mexican but offers refined global cuisine with European technique and Mexican flavors in a cozy, hacienda-like setting. Eduardo de San Angel will celebrate its 25th anniversary in early 2018, and it stands as one of Fort Lauderdale's perennials, a place you can confidently take out-of-towners for a solid meal. The others on my list: Bistro Mezzaluna, Blue Moon Fish Company, Cafe Seville, Cafe Vico, Canyon and Greek Islands Taverna.

Solar eclipse special: All-you-can-eat 'Mooncakes' at Denny's on Monday

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Crave GFL: Get ready for hot dining deals when Fort Lauderdale restaurant month kicks off

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Brunch of the week: Salt7 in Delray Beach

Salt7's Sunday brunch is no quiet affair. [More]

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Got a restaurant tip or dining beef?  Reach me at mmayo@southflorida.com or 954-356-4508. Don’t troll me, but feel free to roast or flambeé me on Twitter: @heymikemayo, and follow my food adventures on Instagram: @mikemayoeats.

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