By Matthew Lewis, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – Delray Beach’s rocker powerhouse for live entertainment, Johnnie Brown’s, has reopened after the coronavirus closers under new management by restaurant group, Clique Hospitality. With the change comes a brand-new chef-curated menu, added seating, new quality control, and live entertainment format.
Regarding reopening with the State and CDC guidelines, Craig O’Keefe, Managing Partner for Clique Hospitality, said, “The reopening process has gone smooth, all things considered. We’ve always had a strong company emphasis on health and sanitation practices.”
Adding, “The reopening gave us an opportunity to improve on those standards, create new ones, and also introduce some new technologies, such as QR codes into our venues to help with contactless solutions.”
“The occupancy restrictions are an obstacle, however, the community has been very accepting and appreciative of the steps we’re taking to try to ensure their health and safety, and we’re excited to have them back,” O’Keefe said.
Established in late 2009, Johnnie Brown’s has cemented its place among South Florida’s favorite hangouts in the “Village by the Sea.” Against the backdrop of live music every night, guests will enjoy an extended menu from Corporate Chef Chris Young.
New offerings feature signature items like the Smoked Wahoo Fish Dip appetizer along with main courses including the Blackened Swordfish Sandwich, the JB Classic Burger and a Bucket of Spicy Clams.
Featured cocktail favorites are the Tropical White Sangria, GoomBAE Smash and the Johnnie Rotten. In addition to the indoor dining area, guests are welcome to take a seat in the open air, dog-friendly patio.
“We’re excited to show off our reimagined menu at Johnnie Brown’s, using fresh, locally-sourced products, with great flavor. Everything from Smoked Wahoo Fish Dip, The Juicy Lucy Burger, Spicy Korean Wings, salads, sandwiches, and much more,” said O‘Keefe.
“We’ve gotten great feedback and are very happy to have the community back out, enjoying all that we have to offer. Johnnie Brown’s is excited to be able to provide entertainment every night with many shows returning and added new faces to the lineup. We’ve also added daytime music on Saturday and Sunday.”
After a two-month closure following the coronavirus pandemic, the restaurant has updated its safety protocols and procedures including added sanitizing stations, staff use of gloves and face masks, and employee wellness checks.
For customer protection, Johnnie Brown’s will enforce social distancing with table spacing at a limited capacity in addition to utilizing contactless menu and payment options along with no-touch restroom facilities.
It was reported in February Menin Development bought the building, which was built in 1939, for $7.3 million. Menin said he doesn’t have plans for the building, the restaurant will remain and he’s a longtime customer of Johnnie Brown’s, “which we believe is a Delray institution.”
Clique Hospitality, founded by Andy Masi, has been part of the nightlife landscape of Las Vegas since 2001, and as a boutique hospitality and marketing company have operations in Las Vegas, NV, San Diego, CA and Delray Beach, FL.
Johnnie Brown’s will be open weekdays from 4PM-12AM Midnight with Happy Hour from 4-7PM, and on weekends they are open 12PM Noon to 12AM Midnight.