The Scoop: Palm Beach Holiday
After building a reputation at Buccan and Imoto in Palm Beach, chef partner Clay Conley introduces his first venture on the mainland. Grato’s rustic-inspired interior of Carrara marble, dark woods and leather reflects its family-friendly Italian fare—Conley, now a father to two toddlers, understands parents’ need for chic restaurants that welcome children. He tapped Buccan’s Jeremy Shelton and Mike Chavez as executive chef and chef de cuisine, respectively, with the challenge of making nearly everything in-house. Centered on the rotisserie and wood-burning oven, the menu features organic flour pizzas, from margherita to Hawaiian, and meaty dishes like porchetta with polenta. For fresh pastas, try herbed penne with braised lamb. Semifreddo gets a Florida twist through lime curd and orange and coconut gelato.

1901 South Dixie Highway; 561.404.1334;

The Breakers Palm Beach has considerably elevated its VIP experience. The grande dame recently unveiled the Flagler Club, a 25-room boutique hotel on the top two floors of the main property. Adam Tihany consulted for its contemporary design of graphic patterns and pale blue and brown palette, rooftop terrace and lounge with coral pink pops and a lovely curated exhibit of watercolor paintings. Among exclusive amenities, guests can call for a chauffeured Tesla, shower with citrus-scented Jo Malone products and adjust beds with Frette linens to read their tablets in comfort. The perk also comes with a dedicated staff and preferred access to the hotel’s revamped restaurants. The club’s complimentary spreads boast breakfast pastries with pineapple and kale juice, and sushi and charcuterie platters at cocktail hour.

One South County Road; 561.655.6611;

Long-time Miamians may recall the late Mary Ellen Mark’s famous photo essay depicting the city in the mid-1980s. The Norton Museum of Art exhibits her extraordinary work about homeless teens in Seattle in “Tiny: Streetwise Revisited—Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark,” through March 20. The portraits and accompanying film document the tumultuous life of Erin Charles, nicknamed Tiny (pictured), over three decades, which concluded with Mark’s death in May 2015 at the age of 75. On view from February 6-May 15, “Still/Moving: Photographs and Video Art from the DeWoody Collection” follows the painting and sculpture portion of the two-part series. Discover works by artists like Richard Avedon and Eve Sussman spanning 50 years from the private collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. The museum celebrates its 75th anniversary gala on February 6.

1451 South Olive Avenue; 561.832.5196;

Menswear designer Amanda Boalt, a member of Lilly Pulitzer’s extended clan, opened the first boutique for her Strong Boalt brand. Her preppy aesthetic with a touch of edge combines a childhood spent running around Pulitzer’s wild jungle of a backyard and a buyer position at Ralph Lauren early in her career. Expect Palm Beach hues and fun prints like shark teeth and banana leaves. At Socapri boutique, Capri native and retailer Carmine Cucinella imports his island’s iconic Italian fashions. Shop his selection of clothing in fine fabrics and leather accessories, as well as items in an exclusive, abstract palm print. Max Mara, which has operated a store on Worth Avenue since 1993, relocated to a new address with burnished copper accents and a wave-patterned floor to score a coveted Whitney handbag.

326 Peruvian Avenue; 561.530.7333; 235 Worth Avenue; 561.802.9940; 206 Worth Avenue; 561.832.0069;


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