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Our Town with William Kelly: Mediterranean restaurant to open inside redeveloped Royal Poinciana Playhouse

Tutto Mare, a Mediterranean-style concept from the Tutto il Giorno restaurant group, has been named as the waterfront restaurant that will open in late 2024 as part of the renovated Royal Poinciana Playhouse.
Seating 200 guests, Tutto Mare will be Palm Beach’s first and only restaurant along the Intracoastal Waterway, said WS Development, which announced the decision on Wednesday.

The playhouse is located at 70 Royal Poinciana Plaza, at the town’s northern entrance beside the north (Flagler Memorial) bridge.

“From the day we bought The Royal, we committed to finding the best of the best to fill it,” said Samantha David, president of WS Development. “What the team at Tutto is creating with Tutto Mare brings something special and new to the island and we believe it will become an iconic destination for many generations to come.”

Tutto Mare will celebrate the history and authenticity of the playhouse’s Celebrity Room while bringing a modern Mediterranean twist to Palm Beach, WS Development said in a press release. “The outdoor terrace overlooking the water flawlessly aligns with the original vision of a coastal open-air eatery, and the lifestyle element and close proximity to the plaza will play a crucial role in crafting a distinctive experience.”

Tutto il Giorno was born after husband-and-wife team Gianpaolo de Felice and Gabby Karan de Felice dreamed of opening a seaside outdoor experience reminiscent of Gianpaolo’s upbringing in southern Italy. Along with their partners Gally and David Mayer, Gabby and Gianpaolo opened the first Tutto il Giorno in 2008. Current locations are in Southampton, East Hampton, and Sag Harbor, N.Y.

The 65-year-old Playhouse was designed by John Volk in the Regency style and opened in 1958. After decades as a thriving cultural and social center, the theater went dark in 2004 after its last tenant, Clear Channel Communications, pulled out.

WS Development is renovating the playhouse into a new cultural arts center with retail and gallery space in addition to the waterfront restaurant. Construction began last year and is expected to reach completion in late 2024.

INNOVATE, a publicly held company chaired by Palm Beach resident Avram “Avie” Glazer, will operate the programming for the 400-seat cultural arts center. Art exhibitions, films, dance, music, plays, lectures and conferences will be offered, Glazer has said.

Glazer’s wife is Jill Glazer, a Palm Beach Civic Association director.

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