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with Mike Mayo
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Rooftop bar on Las Olas, Burton's in Boca Raton opening soon

Welcome to the Eat Beat Newsletter. Fall is in full swing and that means plenty of restaurant openings. With the weather so lousy we might have to go by UberGondola. Today (Oct. 5) is Rocky Mountain Oyster Day (if you have to ask, you don't want to know). Friday (Oct. 6) is National Noodle Day, not to be confused with National Pasta Day (Oct. 17). Sunday (Oct. 8) is National Fluffernutter Day. If you have to ask, you don't want to know.

(Singing the Royal Blues at Chanson.)

Food crimes and misdemeanors: For my latest review I went to Chanson, the dining room at the Royal Blues Hotel, a 12-room luxury, boutique hotel in Deerfield Beach founded in 2014 by a film and theater producer who works with Woody Allen. The atmosphere, cocktails and wine program were good, but the food? Not so much. My 1 1/2-star experience left me with a question: What do you do when you have an unfulfilling, expensive meal? Do you complain to management? Go on social media and gripe? Or do what I do -- stop at McDonald's for a Big Mac on the way home. Send me an email and let me know.

(Chefs for the Keys event on Friday in Riviera Beach.)

Hurricane relief: The South Florida restaurant community is banding together for hurricane relief, with several events planned in coming weeks to help those impacted by Irma in the Keys and Maria in Puerto Rico. First up is Chefs for the Keys on Friday Oct. 6 at the Riviera Beach Marina Village, 200 E. 13th St., Riviera Beach, a gathering of more than 30 chefs featuring food, open bar and entertainment. Organizers say all proceeds will go to Keys restaurant and bar workers who have lost jobs and paychecks after Irma. Tickets for the 7 p.m. event cost $125.

(El Vez Mexican from Stephen Starr coming to W Fort Lauderdale.)

Coming attractions: Burton's, a contemporary American chain, will open its first Florida location on Oct. 16 in Boca Raton, 5580 N. Military Trail, in the Park Place shopping center ... The Rooftop@1WLO, a rooftop lounge with light bites, and TRP Taste, a ground-floor popup kitchen and eatery that will welcome rotating chefs, will open later this month at 1 W. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale. They are the latest concepts from Fort Lauderdale's The Restaurant People ... Stephen Starr, the James Beard Award-winning restaurateur from Philadelphia who loves South Florida, has announced he will open his El Vez Mexican restaurant at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale in early 2018. The eatery will be located next to his eight-year-old Steak 954 ... Las Olas Boulevard will soon get some new restaurants, with landlord Las Olas Co. announcing lease signings. Red Door Asian Bistro will open in early 2018 at 625 E. Las Olas Blvd., the site formerly occupied by Johnny V. El Camino, a Mexican restaurant that has a popular Delray Beach location, is scheduled to open later this year at 817 E. Las Olas Blvd.

(Happy 70th, Okeechobee Steak House.)

Big steaks for a big birthday: Okeechobee Steak House, a West Palm Beach institution, will celebrate its 70th anniversary on Monday Oct. 9 by offering 70-day dry-aged Tomahawk steaks. Only 14 of the $115 steaks, meant for sharing, will be available. It will include salad and side dishes. Those who order the special will also get a $25 gift certificate for future use. If you ask me they should have made the deal $70, but it's not my meat to give away. Okeechobee Steak House is located at 2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.

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Le Tub in Hollywood open and fixed after Irma damage

Reports of Le Tub's demise have been greatly exaggerated. The famous burger bar on the Intracoastal in Hollywood has fully repaired its waterfront dock tables and is alive and well after Irma. The eatery is trying to rebound after social media rumors of its destruction impacted business. [More]

New menu at Max's Harvest offers fish from seas near and far

The Delray Beach restaurant is now serving tuna from Spain and hogfish from off Boynton Beach. [More]

Brazil's Coco Bambu opens first U.S. restaurant in Miami Beach

The Brazilian restaurant chain expanded its menu for its U.S. debut. [More]

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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