This August, Salute Market will begin its 4th successful year, and with the restaurant business being so “hit or miss,” it’s quite the accomplishment. However,
with an experienced team dedicated to soliciting feedback from patrons and putting their suggestions into action, it comes as no surprise that Salute is thriving.
The core family ownership trio behind Salute consists of Michelle Lefkowitz, Marketing Director, her husband Rob, whose corporate banking background qualifies him to handle accounting and administration, and Rob’s twin brother Tommy, whose expertise in the corporate restaurant arena proves valuable when it comes to operations. Then of course, there’s Executive Chef Nicolas St. Martin, bringing his culinary flair honed by 18 years spent in various esteemed kitchens.
Salute’s concept is family-oriented, “comfy chic” dining with a combination of both reliable and innovative dishes, affordable pricing that encourages visits several days a week, and that friendly neighborhood, “come as you are” feeling that’s often lacking in more pretentious, trendy spots. “We chose Palm Beach Gardens because we connected immediately with its sense of community,” says Michelle. Admittedly inspired by the theme song and content of the classic comedy “Cheers,” she wanted to run a restaurant and bar where “everybody knows your name.”
Upon entering Salute, visitors are immediately enveloped by the cool yet casual vibe. The Lefkowitz family worked closely with V Starr (the interior design
firm owned by tennis star Venus Williams) to conceive and deliver the “industrial meets bistro” look, complete with wood tables adaptable to any size party, and an eclectic combination of both soft padded and nail head trimmed leather chairs, and utilitarian metal ones. Authentic wine barrels, ample shelving stocked with colorful array of tempting specialty wines, and vintage posters of spirits from the 1930s and 40s, all speak to the fact that this is not your typical restaurant.
“Our original concept was a more casual ‘grab and go,’ but the market wanted a full-service restaurant, so we listened,” says Michelle, who acknowledges the fact that paying close attention to customer recommendations is key. “I credit our clients for providing feedback. We actively seek it, and it helps us evolve,” she explains.
Each menu, from lunch to happy hour to dinner, and even a Sunday brunch with live music, is full of creative culinary delights. Lunch includes tasty small plates like Goat Cheese Stued Dates ($9) and Smashed Meatball Naan Bread ($12), as well as fresh salads and gourmet sandwiches that are irresistible by name alone, case in point “Corky & Jacks” comprised of house corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss, thousand island dressing and rye bread ($16), and “Tuna Melted Zoe’s Heart,” tuna salad and American cheese on white bread ($11).
At happy hour, a strong suggestion is Chorizo with Cheddar Popcorn Sauce ($5). The dinner menu is peppered with popular appetizers such as the Charcuterie Board, a chef’s choice assortment of meats and crostini ($24), comforting favorites like the Braised Short Ribs ($26), and for the foodie, a seared salmon prepared with leek cream sauce, rainbow chard, lemon herb potato cake, with a blood orange gastrique ($24). The not-to-be-missed Sunday brunch menu
consists of sweet and savory alike, from the house-made crepes lled with Nutella and bananas, topped with white chocolate drizzle ($12) to the Shrimp and Asparagus Omelet with smoked gouda ($16).
Ready to imbibe? Salute’s got you covered. “Our bartenders are always shaking up something new and exciting,” Michelle promises. Craft cocktails and all of the standards can be enjoyed at the inside or outside bar. Oerings include De-Tox Water: a refreshing blend of Crop organic cucumber and meyer lemon vodkas, mint and lemon, finished with water ($11) and Tito’s Lemonade Stand: Tito’s Vodka infused with lemonade, finished with your choice of freshly muddled seasonal fruit from watermelon to blackberries, topped with soda water ($11). Salute Market also happens to be a boutique wine shop, where instant gratification comes with the opportunity to taste their specialized collection of smaller production wines at accessible prices, then take your favorite home with you by the bottle or case.
If those aren’t enough reasons to wine and dine at Salute, consider this: Each month they oer a feature menu designed to, and inspired by, a specific season or region. A French menu and Octoberfest menu have brought success in the past, and this May, for its third year running, will feature “Barbeque and Bourbon.”
“We love food, wine, and spirits from all over the world. When those come together it creates a culinary adventure that is unforgettable. We truly enjoy providing the Salute experience for our guests each and every time they visit,” summarizes Michelle.
Salute Market is located at 5530 PGA
Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens.
Phone: 561- 425-5651