American Craft Aleworks opening May 17 in West Palm Beach

American Craft Aleworks, a specialty brewery with a focus on handcrafted beers featuring flavors inspired by the culinary world, will open May 17 in West Palm Beach. The 200-seat restaurant is located at 200 Clematis Street at the site of the former Bar Louie’s in the Citizen’s Building, built in 1923.

The eatery/bar will feature a brewery, two full bars, a lounge and outdoor seating. The “speakeasy” themed interior features Chicago bricks, ironwork, and Prohibition-era artwork, including a wall-sized image of Clematis Street from the early 1920s.


Executive chef is Samantha Kittay joins the restaurant from Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, where she rose from line cook to sous chef at the Charlotte, North Carolina WP Kitchen & Bar. Locally, she served as sous chef at Prezzo in Boca Raton.

The menu will use locally sourced produce, meats and seafood, seasonally, and feature large plates such as sweet potato waffles with crispy duck, grilled center cut Pork Chop, whisky-glazed Atlantic Salmon, as well as a variety of craft burgers and sandwiches. Small plates include beet-pickled deviled eggs, chargrilled octopus with spiced chickpeas, truffle parmesan fries, southern boiled spice peanuts, Bavarian style Dutch pretzel, blistered shishito peppers, garlic roasted mussels with prosciutto, smoked chargrilled chicken wings, and a variety of salads with locally-sourced produce.

General Manager/Managing Partner Franklin Villarroe has served in general manager positions in Fort Lauderdale restaurants Rok Burger and Taco Craft and oversaw the re-branding of Shooters.

American Craft Aleworks’ owner is Rich Simon of Fort Lauderdale, who has owned and managed restaurants in the area for more than 20 years.

American Craft Aleworks head brewer Erik Miller will be brewing on a 10-barrel system producing fresh crisp lagers, roasty porters, hazy IPAs, and fruited Berliners.

The full bar will include craft Prohibition-inspired cocktails including Bathtub Gin, French 75, and Sazarac. The restaurant will also offer a curated wine program. The kitchen will feature a smoker for its meats.

American Craft Kitchen will offer a variety of entertainment, including local DJs, live music, trivia and more. The lounge will also feature vintage video games.

The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily and weekend brunch. Hours are Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 a.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Photo credit: Marco Garcia, Restaurant Suite 360

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