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Weekend preview: A tale of two cities

Weekend preview: A tale of two cities

The downtown Fort Lauderdale restaurant-bar scene is evolving rapidly before our eyes, and a year from now it may be hard to recall a time when some of these new hot spots, currently in various states of construction, did not exist.

Among those that seem destined for greatness are Tap 42’s next-door spot Bar Rita; the Third Street diner from Elliot Wolf (Coconuts, Foxy Brown, Red Cow); the multilevel Las Olas watering hole from the guys at Stout; and the upscale Good Spirits Neighborhood Tavern on U.S. 1, north of Fresh Market, from Paul Flanigan and Frank Zaffere (Quarterdeck and BeachBar@NewportPier).

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