The Pompano Beach CRA announced that Papamigos will launch their mobile kitchen concept on Monday, July 13, 2020 in Old Town. The large food preparation truck will be open from 11:30 am to close seven days a week and will test menu items in anticipation of the actual restaurant opening in early 2021. The menu currently features seafood and unique “Mexi-Crasian” fusion fare. Patrons may go online to place orders for pickup at www.papamigos.com.
Papamigos, along with Wood & Wire and the combined Shack in the Back/Sweets and More are the first restaurants planned for “The Backyard,” a 15,000 square foot pedestrian and dining plaza. Carefully curated by the CRA, a select group of restaurant industry leaders have prepared an array of dining concepts that will form the epicurean center of Old Town. Photo Courtesy of KR PR Media Group
“While COVID-19 has affected the plans for many restaurants, the Papamigos team devised this innovative ‘to-go’ model so patrons can try their ‘Crasian’ food now,” said Nguyen Tran, CRA Director. “The CRA worked diligently to bring this idea to fruition, and we look forward to the evolution of this concept as construction moves forward.”
Currently, construction of the patio area of Papamigos is underway. The future plan is to allow socially-distant outdoor seating for patrons to enjoy the meals created by the chefs in the mobile kitchen.
The Papamigos brand will be run by Lauren Grosso and Brian “El Jefe” Faeth, who are part of the EDBL (Eat Drink and Be Local) family. The EDBL initials however take on a slightly different twist at Papamigos.
“Eat Drink and Be Loco is our motto,” explained Troy Ganter, creator of the brand. “We love bringing good vibes to the neighborhood. And we are thrilled to be opening in Old Town. This mobile kitchen will allow us to offer a simplified menu in order to determine what patrons enjoy the most. We are grateful to the CRA team’s forward-thinking in these unprecedented times.”
When completed Papamigos will exude a cool island style vibe. “We are definitely having a ‘ya man’ island vacation feel, and we are also incorporating local artists’ work and inspirations throughout,” said Ganter, whose dad is the legendary restaurateur Hugh Ganter. Papa, as he is affectionately known, founded an ever-evolving family enterprise that now includes Papa’s Raw Bar and the local landmark Seafood World established in 1976, which was rebranded as Papa’s Fresh Market and Carry Out.
Two years ago, the family began exploring this new venture, and considered Old Town, but the timing was not right. Now, with the dramatic infrastructure advances and the tremendous growth, the family saw the potential and was thrilled when their close friends, the partners behind both Wood & Wire and Sweets and More, also chose this area for their new concepts. “We are excited about the collaboration and the synergy,” he said. “And we are all enthusiastically looking forward to everyone visiting our mobile kitchen.”
About the Pompano Beach CRA
The City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was created in 1989. It has two dependent districts: Northwest CRA and East CRA established by City government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, improving the economic health of an area, and encouraging public and private investments in a CRA district.
The Northwest CRA District covers an area of about 3,084 acres encompassing a large part of the western portion of the City between Atlantic Boulevard and Copans Road generally west of Dixie Highway. The Pompano Beach CRA is funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). The funds are collected as property values increase and a portion of that increase is captured by the Agency. TIF raises revenue for redevelopment efforts without raising taxes. For more information www.pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/cra.