It’s only taken about two decades, but the commercial part of the Cypress Key development in Royal Palm Beach is getting closer to being built.
And with that construction come some exciting businesses: At least three restaurants, one of which will be new to Palm Beach County, and a new location for Salon Suites, all positioned on the north side of Southern Boulevard just east of Forest Hill Boulevard in Royal Palm Beach.
If you love Southern cooking, barbecue and fast-casual Mexican food, you’re going to be very excited: Maple Street Biscuit Co., Mission BBQ and Chipotle Mexican Grill are coming to the development, the commercial portion of which has been named Boulevard Shoppes.
“It’s an amazing location,” said Nicole Messer, Leasing and Acquisitions Manager with City Construction and Development. “The minute I started advertising it and marketing it, I knew we wanted to get big names, and Chipotle moved quickly to secure the drive thru end cap.”
The developers received approval earlier this year from the Royal Palm Beach Village Council to tweak the site plan, allowing for no menu board at the Chipotle drive thru. Customers will order online and then pull up to the window to pick up orders.
Leasing for the three-building commercial complex went quickly, Messer said. “You’re right on Southern with all of that amazing exposure,” she said.
This will be Maple Street Biscuit Co.’s first Palm Beach County location. The chain is part of the Cracker Barrel family. It was founded in Jacksonville, and it’s known for its fluffy biscuits and freshly roasted coffee.
This will be Mission BBQ’s second location in Palm Beach County — the other is in Boynton Beach — and fourth in Florida. The restaurant is known for its mouth-watering barbecue and its patriotic atmosphere.
Chipotle offers fast-casual Mexican food, with a variety of bowls, salads, burritos and more. This will add to Chipotle’s portfolio in Palm Beach County, including another location on State Road 7 south of Southern Boulevard.
This is a huge step for Cypress Key, the mixed-use development that was first proposed in the early 2000s. It’s taken almost 20 years to get to this point, and the result is pretty exciting. The commercial part of the project is on the south portion, along Southern Boulevard. Sitting farther back from the road are townhomes and single-family houses.
The commercial portion is split in half, with Boulevard Shoppes on the west and an assisted-living facility and medical office space on the east. There will be three buildings in Boulevard Shoppes, with Salon Suites occupying the building on the far left. The middle building will have Chipotle and its drive thru on the left, an open 2,000-square-foot space in the middle and Mission BBQ on the right. The building on the right is home to Maple Street Biscuit Co., and an open 7,149-square-foot space. Messer said she’s in talks with a potential tenant for that spot.
It’s no surprise that Messer said the location was key in luring such big names. Without redeveloping an existing spot, there are few open spots for commercial development along Southern Boulevard through Royal Palm Beach. Space is at even more of a premium along the south side of Southern.
For a commercial development that has long been in the works, this is about the best we could have hoped for. Messer said a groundbreaking is expected in the next 30 to 60 days. Keep an eye on Boulevard Shoppes.
And if you’re interested in one of the open spaces, you can reach Nicole Messer at 561-997-0045, extension 2.