This rendering shows the future entrance to the Lotis development on State Road 7 in Wellington. Photo by Lotis Wellington.
The restaurant scene is taking shape for the Lotis development on State Road 7.
Lotis, the largest multiuse development in Wellington in the past decade, is transforming a former shell rock mine into a bustling urban-style center just north of Wellington Regional Medical Center.
It’s being built in two parts. Wellington officials are reviewing plans for Lotis II, while work is well underway on the first phase, known as The Square. All of The Square’s retail and restaurant space is leased, according to a news release from leasing agents Katz & Associates.
“There has been a great influx of residential units in Wellington with very little variety in existing restaurants,” says Roxanne Register, a Katz & Associates senior vice president. “It has been our pleasure to create this great enclave of restaurants and retail to create a sense of community for the village of Wellington. We have user-friendly walkways throughout the project and a great deal of parking in our three-story garage and over 540 surface parking spaces.”
Register and Nicole Fontaine, a Katz & Associates vice president, have signed 12 tenants, including nine restaurants. The retail tenants are Restore Wellness, Stretch Lab and Crown Nail Spa.
Lotis Wellington also will include multifamily housing, senior independent living, assisted living, memory care, a lake, medical offices, a day care, and a public park with a walking trail and dog park.
“We are very pleased about how quickly we were able to lease up Lotis Wellington I due to its great location, our knowledge of new development and quality tenants in the market, and we are looking forward to securing retailers for Lotis II,” Fontaine says.
Lotis II will include PopStroke, a family-friendly miniature golf course and restaurant chain co-owned by Tiger Woods and based in Jupiter.
Fontaine is seeking tenants for three spaces in a Lotis II building along State Road 7. Potential uses include fast-casual dining, a hair salon, a spa, a dental office or specialty retail.
The following restaurants are lined up for The Square:
Cooper’s Hawk Winery
Cooper’s Hawk Winery, the first restaurant to sign, is an Illinois-based chain founded in 2005. The national chain includes a location in Palm Beach Gardens.
The restaurant features classic American cuisine with a modern twist, such as braised short rib risotto, roasted vegetable enchiladas and soy ginger Atlantic salmon. The winery produces its own wine from grapes sourced in California, Oregon and Washington.
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is a casual dining chain founded in 2003 in California. With over 30 locations, including Boca Raton, the chain is known for its dog-friendly atmosphere, diverse menu and cozy decor.
The menu includes salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and entrees, many of which are made with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
Lazy Dog also has a dog menu with items such as grilled chicken, hamburger patty and brown rice.
The restaurant is working with Wellington to develop rules for restaurants that serve dogs as well as humans.
The Turning Point chain of breakfast and lunch restaurants has grown into a New Jersey staple since its founding in 1998. Lotis will be its first Florida location.
The restaurant is known for its upscale and contemporary atmosphere, breakfast and brunch options, and commitment to high-quality ingredients.
Naked Taco is a Mexican restaurant chain based in South Florida with a location in Boca Raton. The restaurant was founded in 2014 by chef and restaurateur Ralph Pagano. It is known for its fun and lively atmosphere, creative Mexican cuisine, and innovative cocktails.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, known as Pepe’s, is a pizza chain founded in 1925 in New Haven, Connecticut. The chain serves Neapolitan-style pizza baked in a coal-fired oven and made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Pepe’s also is opening in Delray Beach.
Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes is a fast-casual burger chain with more than 100 locations. It is known for made-to-order burgers, hand-cut fries and milkshakes. This is its first location in Palm Beach County.
Mazza Mediterranean is a locally owned restaurant with one other location, in Pembroke Pines. Mazza was founded in 2007 and features a variety of Lebanese and Greek dishes, including hummus, tabbouleh, falafel, kabob and shawarma.
Foxtail Coffee is a specialty coffee roaster and retailer from Winter Park with locations throughout Florida and one in Georgia. The company is known for high-quality beans and expertly crafted coffee drinks. Foxtail roasts beans in house using a small-batch process.
Raw Jūce is a chain of health-focused restaurants specializing in cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads and other plant-based foods. It was founded in Boca Raton in 2014 and has three locations in Boca and two in Palm Beach Gardens, plus more elsewhere in the country.