What's New in Greater Fort Lauderdale

New on the Hotel Scene

Tru by Hilton Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Tru by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale-Downtown Flagler Village opened in November 2020. The dual-branded property has 112 Tru guestrooms and 106 Home2 Suites guestrooms. At 19 stories high, the hotel features two distinctive lobbies – each of which has its own breakfast bar, lounge, and other brand-specific amenities. The property also offers an outdoor pool deck complimented by an outdoor bar, a fitness center, and 4,843 square feet of private event and conference space.  

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Boca Raton-Deerfield Beach
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Boca Raton-Deerfield Beach is the newest hotel in Deerfield Beach. The 101-room hotel opened in November 2020.

Tru by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Airport opened in June 2020. The 115-room hotel is located 3 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and less than a mile away from Port Everglades. 

hyatt centric

The Hyatt Centric Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale hotel, located on the first 15 floors of 100 Las Olas, offers 238 guestrooms boasting city skyline views. The property features 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Lobby-level Harborwood Urban Kitchen and Bar serves classic, modern-American cuisine, with a kitchen helmed by award-winning Executive Chef Greg McGowan. Elev8 rooftop features a pool deck and bar with panoramic downtown views. The hotel opened in April 2020.

Hard Rock Hotel

The $1.5 billion property-wide expansion and all-new "Guitar Hotel" at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood opened October 2019 showcasing 638 new luxury guest rooms and suites and an oasis tower with 168 guest rooms and suites. The casino nearly doubled in size, plus a new poker room. Additional amenities include a newly rebuilt Hard Rock Live entertainment venue, new restaurants, bars and lounges, 120,000 sq. ft. of meeting and convention space, as well as a 41,000 sq. ft. spa.

New on the Dining & Entertainment Scene 

Sistrunk Marketplace exterior

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, a 24,000-square-foot indoor food hall, mixed-use event space and retail concept, opened in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s historic Sistrunk. The newly opened property features a myriad of food vendors including: Bronte Café, The Chop Shoppe, The Empanada Bodega, Fuoco Roman Pizza, Heavenly Raw, Hot Lime Craft Tacos and Ceviche, Kasai + Koori Asian Deserts, Needa’ Pita, Nellie’s Country Kitchen, OSOM Crepes, Poke OG, and Senbazuru Ramen. In addition, there are several private and shared event spaces; a DJ and production music academy – Wired Sound Academy, and a co-op style retail boutique – SistrunKollective. Shady Distillery and Khoffner Brewery are also now open inside Sistrunk Marketplace.

Credit Takato

Takato, a Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant, is now open in the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. Takato, meaning 'in a state of extreme happiness' in Japanese, features an upscale menu with sharable small plates and entrees with an emphasis on sushi. The kitchen is headed up by Executive Chef Taek Lee (Taka), former executive sushi chef at Zuma in Miami and former executive chef at Monkitail in the Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood.

Primark

International retailer Primark opened at Sawgrass Mills. The 36,800-square-foot store features the latest trends in women’s, men’s and children’s fashion including footwear and accessories, as well as homeware. It also features Primark’s ranges of products made using sustainable, recycled and organic materials. 

The Old Riverhouse Vegan Village, a vegan comfort food restarant, opened in the heart of the historic district on Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk. Built in 1903, the Old Riverhouse is the second oldest building in the city (behind the 1901 Stranahan House). The restaurant serves vegan comfort food and will soon include a sushi bar, coffee bar and outside juice bar, tapas bar, vegan full liquor bar, ramen bar and tea cafe.

GIOIAEat (pronounced “joy-ah-eat") has opened on Young Circle in downtown Hollywood. Master Pizza Chef and Acrobatic Pizza World Champion Massimiliano Stammerra can be seen throwing pizza dough as he prepares 17 specialty pizzas.

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum​the first Caribbean heritage museum in the United States, is now open at the Westfield Mall in Plantation. The exhibition and event venue features a collection of artifacts, iconic and cultural relics and historical data representing South Florida’s Caribbean communities.

Eatapas opened in Fort Lauderdale in October. The Spanish restaurant serves tapas, paella and tableside sangria. Diners can enjoy live Spanish guitar music nightly except Fridays, when the dining room is filled with flamenco dancing.

Unit B Eatery + Spirits, a speak easy-themed bar and restaurant, has opened in Pembroke Pines. The tapas-style restaurant serves 30 cocktails.

Cleveland’s Old Fashion Ice Cream opened in Miramar. The ice cream parlour features 52 homemade ice-cream flavors including six vegan options, birch beer and soda floats.

Primadonna Ristorante e Bar serves traditional and inventive twists of Italian classics paired with a curated all Italian wine list. One of Fort Lauderdale’s favorite restaurants for over 25 years, Canyon (same restaurateurs as Primadonna) relocated and reopened next door in August.

Papa’s Raw Bar in Lighthouse Point recently unveiled its new lounge called The Barrel Room, featuring elevated, smoked Papa’s Old-Fashioned cocktails, an oyster and seafood bar and a charcuterie menu.

Chick'nCone 

Chick’nCone, the fast-casual to go restaurant featuring crispy air-fried chicken in a waffle cone, opened in Fort Lauderdale’s MASS District.

Bodega Taqueria -Taco Tray

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila Fort Lauderdale doubles as a fast-casual taco joint and a late-night speakeasy-style lounge. The front half of the venue is a taqueria featuring an authentic Mexican street food menu created by culinary director and Chef Bernie Matz. Guests order from a full-sized, retrofitted vintage airstream trailer turned into a taco truck and then dine in the garage chic seating of picnic tables, neon bar stools, and graffiti walls. In addition to the regular menu, a weekend brunch menu is available. Inside the taqueria, a door leads guests to Bodega's late-night speakeasy, featuring an extensive cocktail menu and live music by local bands and DJs. 

Yeasty Brews Artisanal Beers opened in Lauderhill. The craft brewery and restaurant offers small batch beers brewed with all-natural fruits, spices and herbs.

Opening Soon 

hotel maren

Hotel Maren Fort Lauderdale Beach, a Curio Collection by Hilton opens its doors in January on A1A overlooking Fort Lauderdale beach. The stunning 229,000 square feet, 12-story hotel features 141 luxurious resort rooms, oversize balconies and breathtaking ocean views. Amenities include a VIP lounge, Ocean Club, 5th floor pool and pool bar, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The ground floor centerpiece restaurant Riviera features coastal Italian cuisine with Mediterranean influences by celebrity chef Fabio Viviano, known for his turn as a “Top Chef” contestant.

Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown brings 137 rooms in January to the trendy, arts-oriented Flagler Village section of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Features include a state-of-the-art lobby, two meetings rooms with a total of 2,300 square feet of flexible meeting space and an indoor pool. .

Den Bar and Kitchen, a new gastropub in Fort Lauderdale, opens in January 2021 in the downtown Himmarshee Village and will feature burgers, chicken wings, and other American pub grub. 

Eddie V's will open on Las Olas Boulevard in early 2021. The fine-dining restaurant will serve prime seafood and steak, handcrafted cocktails, and live jazz every night in the V Lounge.

Salt7 restaurant is slated to open at the Icon Las Olas in early 2021. The restaurant also includes a 2,200-square-foot mezzanine with a VIP area and DJ booth.

The Abbey, part restaurant and part nightlife/entertainment venue, opens in early 2021 inside a transformed church in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The highly anticipated Cuba Libra Restaurant & Rum Bar is expected to open in early 2021 on Las Olas Blvd. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Chef-partner Guillermo Pernot promises a modern take on Havana-inspired dishes.

Tru by Hilton and Hilton Home2Suites is scheduled to open a 150-room hotel with a rooftop bar in Pompano Beach Fishing Village in January 2021.

The new 104-room Cambria Hotel & Suites Fort Lauderdale Beach will offer ocean views, a meeting room, coffee bar, pool deck and fitness room. Opening in February 2021.

Anna Sui at NSU Art Museum

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will present a major retrospective exhibition of fashion designer Anna Sui from February 27 - September 19, 2021. With over 100 looks, The World of Anna Sui explores the glamorous and eclectic world of one of New York’s most beloved and accomplished designers, and invites viewers to step inside Sui’s imagination to discover her creative process and the diverse influences that contribute to her signature aesthetic sensibility. The World of Anna Sui is organized by the Fashion and Textile Museum, London and is curated by Dennis Nothdruft.  

AC Hotels by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Sawgrass Mills/Sunrise, a new 174-room hotel in Sunrise, adjacent to Sawgrass Mills, is expected to open in February 2021. The eight-story hotel will have 174 rooms, an arts-focused library, lounge with tapas-style menu and craft beers and cocktails, health and fitness center, rooftop restaurant, and offer 2,500 square feet of meeting space. 

On the Horizon

Gale Boutique Hotel

The historic Escape Hotel is being transformed into the Gale Boutique Hotel & Residences Fort Lauderdale, with 96 rooms and 129 condo residences, and will feature luxury amenities, sleek furnishings, rooftop sky deck, fitness center, spa and pool. Opening in 2021.

AC Hotels by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach opens in April 2021 just steps away from Sebastian Street Beach in Fort Lauderdale. The 171-room hotel will boast ocean views, an open kitchen for European-style breakfast and specialty culinary events, a library, an expansive resort-style pool with cabanas and dining services, and 1,000 square feet of meeting space.

convention center rendering

A $1 billion expansion of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is underway. Phase one opens October 2021 with 350,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space. Full completion is projected for 2024. This sensational venue will be even bigger and better with a total of 1.2 million sq. ft. of meeting space, including 65,000 sq. ft. waterfront ballroom, a new expansive waterfront plaza, new dining concepts, enhanced water taxi access and an 800-room headquarters hotel.

Four Seasons

A new 23-story Four Seasons is anticipated to open in December 2021 with with 130 guest rooms and 90 residences, two restaurants, a spa, fitness center, children’s recreation room, “Beach Butlers” and ballroom and meeting facilities.

Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina

Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, a South Florida icon for more than 50 years, is going through a total reimagination of the destination. Upon completion the hotel will have 376 guest rooms & suites, multi-level pool experience with family and adult areas, lobby lounge, Pier Top lounge, spa, fitness center, kids club, marina promenade and residential offerings. The hotel is officially closed, but the marina and Pelican Landing remain open, welcoming guests and boaters. Expected reopening 2022.