Cafe closes, new restaurant coming soon

Posted at 7:12 PM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 19:12:07-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Palm Beach Café has been a breakfast and lunch fixture for two decades. Friday the café closed for good, generating buzz on Facebook. Now the empty space at 206 Olive Avenue is getting a lot of attention.

“Just in three days the phones have been ringing off the hook,” explained marketer for The David Associates Commercial Real Estate Brooke Murphy. “We've had a lot of interest. It's come as a surprise so quickly, but that just means downtown is growing and people are actively looking to move here.”

Surprising because it's not hard to find empty commercial space in downtown West Palm Beach.

“The location is a prime location,” Murphy said. “There's a lot of following, people interested in what happened and what's going to go in. A lot of local restaurants are interested in opening smaller delis.”

The Harvey Building was built in 1926. It’s one of the oldest and most recognizable landmarks downtown. Inside beadboard and a formica counter top disguise the history of the building.

“The ceilings actually are clay brick, the original clay brick,” Murphy detailed. And they can go up about 14 feet so it would be a very unique asset to a restaurant space.”