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Rapoport's Restaurant Group Leads the Foodie Scene in South Florida for Over 15 Years

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

While you just missed the "turkey to go" for your Thanksgiving table, there are plenty of menu options year-round at all six eateries of Rapoport's Restaurant Group. Each restaurant is noted for its ambiance, attentive service and high-quality food sourced from local farms whenever possible.

Founded by President Burt Rapoport more than 15 years ago, the restaurant group leads the foodie scene in South Florida. Director of Marketing and Public Relations Amber Clark notes that Rapoport is "a visionary, award-winning, third-generation restauranteur who started his career in New York City, where his family owned and operated a very successful restaurant for fifty years."

The Boca Raton/Delray Beach Rapoport restaurant legacy today includes Bogart's Bar & Grille (second level of the Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton), waterfront dining at Delray's Deck 84 (840 East Atlantic Avenue on the Intracoastal), classic and contemporary comfort food at Henry's (16850 Jog Road in The Shoppes at Addison Place), Burt & Max's featuring American menu items and Mediterranean cuisine at Apeiro Kitchen & Bar in the Delray Marketplace. A sixth addition to the restaurant scene, Rappy's Deli, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.

Most menu items vary between the differently themed restaurants, but not their tasty Southwest Chicken Salad that is on the menu at Bogart's, Deck 84 and Burt & Max's. "Guests may find a few signature menu items that carry over from restaurant to restaurant, except for Apeiro who offers a unique Mediterranean menu," says Clark.

Rapoport himself is an industry leader with numerous awards under his apron. Rapoport's restaurant concepts have won 85 awards and counting, such as winning local Readers' Choice Awards from Boca Raton Magazine ? Favorite Restaurant, Best Service, Best Business Lunch, Best Dining Entertainment, Best Fine Dining and Best Outdoor Dining. National award honors received from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are the Community Excellence Award and Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award (in 2013 and a recent regional finalist).

Theirs was the very first restaurant group in the state to use the 'Fresh from Florida' menu program. "Any item on our menus that have at least two ingredients sourced directly from Florida are noted with a 'Fresh from Florida' icon," Clark tells us.

"Eat, drink, earn," we read. This refers to the Rapoport's Rewards program for those who often dine at their restaurants. Clark explains, "The loyalty programs allows our guests to earn points for every dollar spent at any one of the Rapoport's restaurants and redeem rewards. Guests received $30 for every 500 points, plus $25 for their birthdays." Now that's an example of how customer loyalty pays off.

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