The Atlantic Current: July/August 2022

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TH E ATLANTI C

Coastal Culture | Palm Beach & Broward County

July / August 2022 | Issue 57



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TONY ARRUZA

We join longtime professional photographer on a photoshoot in Juno Beach.

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THE FALCON

A Delray Beach staple evolves with an homage to its former self.

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STORMHOUSE BREWING

Palm Beach County’s newest brewery delivers on more than delicious craft beer.

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GUAVATRON

One of the area’s core jam bands releases “Momentous” debut album.

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THE LOKOMOTIVE

Jupiter venue blends the perfect cup of coffee and community.

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SUMMER ESSENTIALS

A curation of gear to get you through summer.

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WALT ROONEY

@ Papa’s Raw Bar – Lighthouse Point

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THE FLOATING BRAINS THE LAST WORD DUO

@ JB’s on the Beach – Deerfield

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UPROOT HOOTENANNY

@ Guanabanas – Jupiter

INDIGO DREAMERS

JESSE RICCA

@ Stormhouse Brewing – NPB

@ Maxi’s Lineup – Jupiter

DOWNTOWN DREAMS: DANIEL NEWCOMB, A PHOTOGRAPH EXHIBIT

ALLEGRA MILES BAND

@ Mathews Brewing – Lake Worth

@ The Peach – WPB

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JM & THE SWEETS

@ Papa’s Raw Bar – Lighthouse Point

@ Brick and Barrel Pub – Jupiter

ANGELS OF WAR

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FAMILY VALUES RSC

@ Maxi’s Lineup – Jupiter

@ Respectables – WPB

HERE 4 THE BEER COMEDY SHOW

FOX MAPLE (4PM) + REGGAE FORCE (9PM)

@ Coastal Karma Brewing – Lake Park

@ Guanabanas – Jupiter

JUKE

JOE CRUCITI (12:30) + NEWS FROM BREE (6:00)

@ Guanabanas – Jupiter

@ Leftover’s – Jupiter

ROLL THE STONES – A SALUTE TO THE MUSIC OF THE ROLLING STONES

AN EVENING WITH MOONLIGHT THIEF

@ Arts Garage – Delray

@ Funky Biscuit – Boca

BRIAN & BRIAN

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GIMME GIMME DISCO

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@ Respectables – WPB

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@ JB’s on the Beach – Deerfield

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DOOBIE BROTHERS

@ iThink Financial Amphitheater – WPB

PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE

@ Respectables – WPB

COMEDY OPEN MIKE – EVERY TUESDAY

SAND DUNES

@ Crazy Uncle Mikes – Boca

@ Funky Biscuit – Boca

BORN OF OSIRIS

@ Mathews Brewing – Lake Worth

BRYAN SMITH SOLO

@ Mathews Brewing – Lake Worth (3:30)

11 YEAR ANNIVERSARY KICKOFF PARTY FEAT. JOANNA CONNOR

EMERY & AARON GILLESPIE

@ Respectables – WPB

JUSTIN ENCO + CAREY PEAK

WHISKEY MYERS W/ SHANE SMITH AND THE SAINTS

@ Pompano Beach Amphitheater

THE FLYERS

@ Papa’s Raw Bar – Lighthouse Point

DIRTY HEADS

@ Sunset Cove Amphitheater – Boca

BOBBY LEE RODGERS

@ The Irishman – Boca

@ Mathews Brewing – Lake Worth

BLACKBERRY SMOKE

@ Revolution Live – Ft. Lauderdale

CHASE STITES

@ Guanabanas – Jupiter

@ Leftover’s – Jupiter

SPIDER CHERRY

@ Crazy Uncle Mikes – Boca

@ Funky Biscuit – Boca

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IV AND THE STRANGE BAND

@ Respectables – WPB


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JASON MONTERO

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JOEY CALDERAIO BAND SINGLE RELEASE PARTY

@ Mathews Brewing – Lake Worth

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@ Guanabanas – Jupiter

BIRTHDAY BASH 2022

@ Guanabanas – Jupiter (7 Bands, starts at noon)

EMO NIGHT BROOKLYN

UPROOT HOOTENANNY

@ Respectables – WPB

JIMMY VIVINO BAND

@ Deck 84 Delray (2pm) + Tim Finnegans Delray (6pm)

INDIGO DREAMERS

@ Banana Boat – Boynton

GOT YOU COVERED BAND

DARYL HALL W/ SPECIAL GUEST TODD RUNDGREN

@ Arts Garage – Delray

MARCUS AMAYA DUO

@ Leftovers – Jupiter

@ Mathews Brewing – Lake Worth

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7 TH ANNUAL JERRY GARCIA

@ Hard Rock Live

INCUBUS W/ SUBLIME W/ ROME

@ iThink Financial Amphitheater – WPB

UPROOT HOOTENANNY

A U G U S T

@ Tim Finnegans – Delray

30 HERTZ + TAYLOR ROAD

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@ JB’s on the Beach – Deerfield

ENTERPRISE EARTH, WITHIN DESTRUCTION, SENTINELS, GREAT AMERICAN GHOST

STONEY BOE

@ Papa’s Raw Bar – Lighthouse Point

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BRYAN SMITH & FRIENDS

@ Maxi’s Lineup – Jupiter

CHRIS WINWARD

@ JB’s on the Beach – Deerfield

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@ Respectables – WPB

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STEPHEN MARLEY

ANTHONY GREEN

@ Respectables – WPB

SUMMER FIRST FRIDAYS

@ Arts Warehouse – Delray

TYLER LYLE OF THE MIDNIGHT

@ Abacoa Town Center – Jupiter

@ Respectables – WPB

THIRST, PIERCED UP, LEVELED & NO COFFIN

TASTY VIBRATIONS

@ Respectables – WPB

@ Guanabanas – Jupiter

GROOVEY PANTESCO BAND ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

@ Maxi’s Lineup – Jupiter

CHRIS SPRINGER

@ Mathews Brewing – Lake Worth

BOYNTON BEACH NIGHT MARKET W/ MUSIC BY SOLID BRASS

@ Arts Garage – Delray

WHISTLING MOON TRAVELERS

@ Funky Biscuit – Boca

SPIDER CHERRY BAND

@ Leftover’s – Jupiter

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JUSTIN ENCO

@ Papa’s Raw Bar – Lighthouse Point

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THE DARLING FIRE, EMBERS DAWN, 33 LIONS

@ Respectables – WPB

DAMON FOWLER BAND

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SLIGHTLY STOOPID

@ Sunset Cove Amphitheater – Boca

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@ Guanabanas – Jupiter

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SPRED-THE-DUB

@ Mathews Brewing – Lake Worth

SPRED THE DUB

@ Lake Worth Beach Main Gallery (Cultural Council for PBC)

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THE WEEKEND

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@ Funky Biscuit – Boca

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@ Maxi’s Lineup – Jupiter

@ Papa’s Raw Bar – Lighthouse Point

@ Maxi’s Lineup – Jupiter

PAM & DAVE

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JM & THE SWEETS PROJECT X BAND

@ Maxi’s Lineup – Jupiter

@ Brick and Barrel Pub – Jupiter

BRYAN SMITH & FRIENDS

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FIREWATER TENT REVIVAL

LEE BRICE

@ Maxi’s Lineup – Jupiter

@ Guanabanas – Jupiter

JESSE RICCA PROJECT

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HERE 4 THE BEER COMEDY SHOW JACK JOHNSON

@ Guanabanas – Jupiter

@ iThink Financial Amphitheater – WPB

JONATHAN JAMES

DIERKS BENTLEY

@ Papa’s Raw Bar – Lighthouse Point

THE CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT BAND

@ Mathews Brewing – Lake Worth

SMOOTH STB—A TRIBUTE TO SANTANA

@ Carlin Park – Jupiter

@ iThink Financial Amphitheater – WPB

HAVOC 305 BAND

JOJO’S FARMER’S MARKET

@ Arts Garage – Delray

JAHZILLA REUNION SHOW

@ Maxi’s Lineup – Jupiter

19-20 INDIGO DREAMERS @ Paddy Macs – PBG

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FAU FOOTBALL VS UNC-CHARLOTTE @ FAU Stadium – Boca JOEY TENUTO (4PM) + SAM KING’S BIRTHDAY BASH (7PM)

@ Guanabanas – Jupiter

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SANTANA + EARTH, WIND, & FIRE

@ iThink Financial Amphitheater – WPB

@ Coastal Karma Brewing – Lake Park

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MATT SCHOFIELDS BIRTHDAY BASH

@ Funky Biscuit – Boca

@ Mizner Park Amphitheater – Boca

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THE BLACK KEYS

@ iThink Financial Amphitheater – WPB

@ Mathews Brewing – Lake Worth

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THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS

THE SNEAKER EXIT – ULTIMATE SNEAKER TRADE SHOW

@ Palm Beach County Convention Center

ROGER WATERS

@ FTX Arena – Miami

THE LUBBEN BROTHERS

@ Lake Worth Beach Main Gallery (Cultural Council for PBC)

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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

@ Hard Rock Stadium



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o much has changed about photography since we started the magazine nearly 10 years ago. We’re not just talking about gear and the tech that came with it, but the feeling of it. Instagram was just catching its stride, and it was becoming clearer we were entering a new phase of the art form. Around the same time, we met Tony Arruza, one of the more renowned photographers in the area. Ever since then, he’s been one of the definitions of what photography meant to us. He started honing his craft in a totally different time. A time that was certainly changing, but critically important. We can say without a doubt that Tony thinks 0% about Instagram when he takes a photo, and that’s why we love his work. In some ways, maybe jealous of him. Wouldn’t it be nice to take a photo without thinking about the 4:5 crop ratio? Or thinking about the likes it will get? Or maybe the fact that it won’t be judged for less than one second on a 6” screen? It’s a world few photographers live in these days.

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Born in Cuba and raised in West Palm Beach, Tony was always close to the water. In the mid-1970s, his father gifted him his first camera during college. It was a Nikonos I, an amphibious camera that could also be shot on land. “I was into surfing and scuba diving and had plans to study marine biology so my father thought that a waterproof, underwater camera would be a good gift,” Tony recalls. “After my second year of community college at Palm Beach Junior College, as it was called at the time I attended there, I enrolled at the Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico to pursue the marine biology dream. Some of the best waves in the Atlantic Ocean are found in Puerto Rico and I began swimming out into the surf with my >>

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camera for the fun of it and to make friends with the local Puerto Rican surfers. It was those photographs that drew the attention of friends, and with their encouragement to submit to surfing publications, the editors at those magazines. It was soon after my first submission that I was published in Surfing Magazine, which kick-started a career in surf photography and later in photography in general.” Tony’s surf photography, to no surprise, is what originally put him on our radar. He went on to have the lead feature story on Peru in Surfing Magazine, which he both wrote and photographed. A few years after that, he scored what at the time was the largest photo spread ever in Surfing Magazine. “It covered either 12 or 14 pages. I can’t quite remember. The photos were shot in Bali,” he said. After getting bit by the photo publishing bug, his accolades only continued. “Besides Surfing Magazine, for whom I worked the longest, I’ve been in more than 100 magazines, with probably 40 book publishers and with lots of advertising clients. It’s hard to pinpoint a few favorites but a few that come to mind are GEO, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Insight Guides books (I actually did six complete books for them), Communication Arts

Annual Photography Competition, Smithsonian, Audubon, Florida Tourism Board, The Surfer’s Journal, Islands Magazine and Compass American Guides. Unfortunately many of these publications no longer exist as they’ve been swallowed up by digital media.” Of course, digital media has made it easier to share work with the masses — but with that it created a completely different industry for photography. In many ways, we reminisce of the era in photography Tony got to come up in. Surely it was much harder to find success, but that’s what makes his accomplishments that much more impressive. Even the term “success” has changed quite a bit since then. But more on that later. Rather than a traditional profile, I approached Tony with the idea of tagging along with him on a shoot. Fortunately, he was more than happy to oblige. When we started talking ideas, he quickly landed on getting to the beach and into the water. Conditions were less than ideal at the time, boasting 20-knot winds. But like many shoots, you don’t always get to choose the conditions. In addition, Tony didn’t shy away from the challenge. >> theatlanticcurrent.com

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Given the day’s conditions, Tony landed on the idea of photographing kite surfers in Juno Beach, something that would allow him to shoot on land, but more importantly, get in the water. When asked how this type of shoot would apply to a real-life situation, Tony quickly responded that this is how he would warm up for a trip. “To re-familiarize myself with the water equipment, the technical aspects of shooting from the water and to overcome unforeseen obstacles, technicalities or problems with the camera or housing. Unless you’re in the water everyday re-acquainting oneself with the equipment, swimming into position, focusing, properly exposing, or even trying out new ideas is important before heading out on a trip where solving problems may not be easy. And besides, you don’t want to blow opportunities when it really counts.” When we arrived at an access about a half mile north of the Juno Beach Pier, Tony met me with a camera in hand. His Nikon was ready to roll with a 70-200mm lens, just to scope everything out. We walked to the top of the walkway to get a feel for the scene. “It’s important to get a feel for the location and the people where you’ll be working. The longer you can spend time observing, the better your shots will come out. Also, lighting is important to observe 18

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as it is a key element to any good photograph. I also like to make mental notes of subjects that I hadn’t thought of beforehand and look for interesting compositions and angles,” he said. He fired off a few frames with the telephoto lens, and then decided it was time to head back to the truck to prep his gear for the ocean. “It’s my first love. Believe me, as a photographer I love shooting mountains, desserts, forests, glaciers, rivers, anything having to do with nature, as well as non-nature subjects such as street photography, architecture, cultures, people, but if I had to choose one, it’d be the ocean,” he said. Back at the truck, he prepped his underwater housing, threw on a rash guard and grabbed his fins. After taking a few test shots, we ventured back down to the water. While sitting on the beach to put on his fins, you can see him start to map out some shots in his head. The drift was pulling pretty hard to the south, so Tony was going to have to work for it. Once out in the water, he positioned himself in the right spot for passing kite surfers. He linked up with one guy named Austin Wadsworth, who had just arrived in town that day from Virginia Beach. After plenty


of passes and airs directly over Tony, he made it back to the beach. “I asked him to get close, but he got a little too close a couple times,” he said with a smile. During a quick break, we got to talking on our mutual passion for photography. The conversation moves from his chosen gear for the day to how the art form has changed. More specifically, how it has changed with social media. “Honestly, in my opinion, Instagram has taken away from the true art and mastery of photography, as have phone cameras, or at least the appreciation of it. It’s also made photography a commodity that’s used for influential and ‘like’ purposes,” Tony said. “Of course, Instagram has given a platform to a lot of really good artists and photographers in which to showcase their work, which, with the demise of print publication, there are much fewer of these days. But unfortunately, the way Instagram or any social media works is that the viewer spends but a few seconds, if that, on an image before scrolling to the next one. Also, images with subtle details, natural colors and precise cropping don’t show well on Instagram. Rather bold, highly filtered and tight photos are what look good.

The point is that camera phones take perfectly exposed photographs and Instagram embellishes them, basically eliminating the eye and creativity of the photographer, or I should say, makes it less appreciated.” We briefly touch on trending editing styles, over-saturation and some more of the aspects that have changed with digital media. You can tell the modern trends aren’t for him, but he’s not salty about it. He just keeps on doing what he loves in the style he’s created for himself over the decades. As everything was being packed up on our end, Tony was getting into dry clothes to go back down to the beach to shoot even more. It’s clear how much he loves it, even after all this time. An unintended result of this article concept was showing the quality he could capture on the spot. It’s impressive for Tony to have been given a short time in one location with tough conditions and see him produce plenty of print-worthy images — one of which is on the cover. www.arruza.com @tony.arruza t h e a t l a n t i c c u r r e n t . c o m 19


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f you’ve spent any time enjoying the late nights of Delray Beach in the early 2000s, you would certainly (kind of, mostly) remember some hazy evenings at The Falcon House. It was where you went if you wanted a little more of an upscale, locals-only, see-and-be-seen-but-don’t-remind-me-about-it-tomorrow kind of place, where you were lucky if you could score a seat at the bar and even luckier if you could keep it. Sadly, like all good love stories, The Falcon House’s rowdy reign had to come to an end, and that bird had to fly the coop and spread its deliciously sinful wings. The historic, 1925-era house became the home to, most notably, Death or Glory, which enjoyed a menacingly fun run for five years. Now, in an ode to an old friend we all didn’t realize we missed so much, the doors will once again open under the name of The Falcon.

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But, of course, a new and improved, 2.0-style version, courtesy of Annie Blake of Death or Glory and Sean Iglehart of Sweetwater. Both Annie and Sean have a fond place in their hearts — and livers — for the original Falcon House and wanted to bring back the former glory, but with a little more pizazz, party and punch. “The Falcon House was a terrific respite for locals in Delray, which, 10 years later, is a space that needs filling more than ever. We now have a place the Delray locals can call home and run by the people in and for this community,” said Annie, owner of The Falcon. “The Falcon will definitely still have the fun house-party vibe, but in a slightly more ‘adult’ presentation. Think, lots of fun but no one’s getting grounded, and the cops aren’t going to show up. Instead of the party you’d have at your parents’ house, now you own the house.” And what could go wrong at a house party where the entire community is invited? Famous last words… but words that Annie and Sean are considering not only worthy of the rebranding cause but long in the making. Sean actually got his start in the restaurant industry as a busboy/barback at The Falcon House in 2006, when he, at the spry age of 21, decided to trade in his cubicle job for a shot at working in hospitality. It didn’t take him long to rise up to bartender and truly make his mark on the bar scene, eventually creating the idea for, and later opening, “a cocktail bar that the area had never seen before,” aka Sweetwater in Boynton Beach. So, when Annie’s business partner moved to England, she approached decade-old friend Iglehart about a rebrand of 22

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Think, lots of fun but no one’s getting grounded, and the cops aren’t going to show up. Instead of the party you’d have at your parents’ house, now you own the house.


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No one at The Falcon is too cool for the room. the space. Naturally, he was in, first as a consultant and then as managing partner, under the stipulation that if they were going to do it, it was going to be The Falcon. “The thing is the culture at Sweetwater really was derived from Falcon, so now I’m just bringing it back to its roots,” said Sean, who met his business partner and wife while working at The Falcon House, thus considering The Falcon House the nucleus of his life then and now. “Falcon will be a sexy, swankier version of Sweetwater. A true date-night, late-night spot, but the food is out of control. Chef Mike Stuhlmuller is great and we haven’t even seen a sliver of his talent yet. The cocktails will be built for speed and high volume as we expect to be a great dinner spot that transitions around 9ish into that beloved late-night legend it once was!” The drink menu is cock - oops, I mean, chock - full of blushful cocktail creations like the Dill Doe (gin, elderflower, floral vermouth, dill and tonic), Bawls Deep (that 90s energy drink and lemon vodka) and Cocksmith (rye whiskey, mandarin, amaro, honey, walnut bitters), among others. To complement the drinks and give your gaping gullet some sustenance, the limited-but-diverse menu is complete with drunken noodles, mofongo, ceviche, curry cauliflower, salt and pepper tofu, and more, which is always available late into the night. “I think you’ll be surprised to see there is really something for everyone, and because it’s super focused, everything is executed exactly as it should be,” said Annie, who feels that The Falcon really is a magical space. “My hope is that guests can come in and exhale a bit from the corporate competitiveness of Atlantic Avenue. We might be a little 24

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swanky inside, but no one will be turned away for wearing a baseball hat or flip flops. It’s a respite for everyone, from busboys to billionaires. No one at The Falcon is too cool for the room.” Make plans to start (and probably end) your weekend brunch at The Falcon with their Bathrobe Brunch, where if you come dressed in a bathrobe, kimono or lingerie, you get free bottomless cocktails. Pair that with a DJ every Friday night, Reggae Night on Sundays after brunch, and ITB every Tuesday, and you’ve got yourself a good ol’ fashioned party. “We want to bring back the Delray local community under a recognizable, common roof. We want to bring some authenticity back to town. There has been some serious development in the past five to six years. Progress is great but through progress you lose a little bit of soul,” said Sean, who kept a lot of the same sexy feel of the space but added more of a modern touch to it. “The Falcon House itself has so much soul and is the perfect setting to do so. We want to see the original patrons come back out and see that it’s a great homage to the times past and attract new guests who get to help forge this new chapter. That property and the original concept behind it was a magical place. It really was legendary and being fortunate enough to have been alumni to that I just want to continue the legacy.” 116 N.E. 6th Ave., Delray Beach @falcon.delray


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ummer in South Florida can be sweltering. The sun, the humidity, and those oven-like temperatures can make anyone want to seek shelter — especially at the bottom of a pint of beer. For the dog days of summer, there’s nothing like an icecold beer to help lower the temps. And, perhaps even better, a locally-made brew. Over the years, South Florida has seen a growth in the number of craft breweries, from micro operations that offer creative small-batch brews to larger production facilities that distribute cans and bottles to supermarket shelves. And the taproom experience has quickly become a favorite for families and craft beer fans alike, each looking to throw back some suds at their favorite local watering hole. For many, however, a visit to the closest taproom is just a quick stop before heading off to your favorite restaurant or bar where you can do more than just pound a few beers or slug some shots. And while there are certainly plenty of options for both breweries and restaurants in Palm Beach County, there’s nothing quite like Stormhouse Brewing, the family-ownedand-operated establishment that offers both food and drink in North Palm Beach. Stormhouse Brewing was founded in 2019 by the Brinzo family, three generations who came together to create a new experience for craft beer lovers in Palm Beach County. Today, the establishment is run by brothers Josh and Christian, who launched the business alongside their father Brian, grandfather John, and several other partners. .

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Equal parts brewery and restaurant, Stormhouse offers a unique dining experience compared to the county’s largely taproom-only operations. A first restaurant venture for the Brinzos, it was inspired by their own desire to see a brewery that offered more than just — well — beer. While the family initially hoped to open a small taproom with no plans for food on site, they changed their minds when they realized the lack of breweries serving high-quality food in the northern stretch of Palm Beach County. Now, one year after opening in May 2021, Josh tells The Atlantic Current the business is thriving as both a local haunt for beer lovers and a full-service restaurant for those who are hungry for burgers, sandwiches, salads and the kitchen’s own critic-approved chicken wings. The story of Stormhouse, however, begins further back: over the Brinzo family Thanksgiving table in 2010, where a not-yet 21-year-old Josh pitched the idea to open a distillery on his grandmother’s farm in Ohio. “I wasn’t even old enough to drink, but it was just a dream I couldn’t seem to shake. That never happened, but the seed was planted,” says now 29-year-old Josh. At the time, Christian — now Stormhouse’s master brewer — was getting into home brewing. His beers were good,

and the brothers knew it would become more than just a hobby. Fast forward to 2018, when Josh relocated to South Florida from Connecticut. Alongside his father, who was living in North Palm Beach at the time, the two began piecing together a business plan for a brewery while beginning the hunt for the perfect location. After months of searching, the family decided on a 5,200-square-foot space in the Crystal Cove Commons plaza off US-1 at the north end of North Palm Beach. “At first, we weren’t really looking to have a kitchen — but as time went on, it became really important to us to have a full food menu,” says Josh. “The more we looked, the more we realized there just wasn’t anything quite like that in the area.” Today, Stormhouse executive chef Ray Rivard has crafted a menu of gastropub-style fare that offers that “something for everyone” mantra. “We wanted to give the chef a chance to be creative, to really offer something unique,” says Josh. “The goal was to not have the beer or the food outshine the other, but instead be the perfect complement to one another.” t h e a t l a n t i c c u r r e n t . c o m 29


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The menu opens with familiar favorites, appetizers like Bang Bang Shrimp, poutine, or pretzels with beer cheese alongside novel picks like house-made pierogies or portobello mushroom “fingers” — strips of portobello mushroom tossed in truffle oil, beer-battered, and deep-fried, served with a house bleu cheese dipping sauce. You’d be remiss to skip over the chef’s top-selling parmesan-crusted baked chicken wings, which even caught the attention of Palm Beach Post food critic Liz Balmaseda in her opening review. The menu continues with soups, tacos, salads, sandwiches and pizza — but it’s the gourmet burgers that truly shine, says Josh. Several signature options include the gorgonzola-topped, Cajun-spiced “Black and Blue” and “Shroom ‘n Swiss.” But, only the most hungry will try their hand at the in-house food challenge with the $24 “Burgatory” — three 8-ounce patties layered with ghost pepper cheese, ghost pepper purée, bacon and a tangy house chipotle aioli. Finish it within 15 minutes — the time it takes the youngest Brinzo to take one down — and your entire table receives a round of beers on the house. 30 B E E R

No matter what you choose, each dish is meant to pair perfectly with Stormhouse’s ever-changing draft lineup, one that offers patrons a chance to sample and explore a number of experimental, seasonal and signature beers. Christian, 28, studied brewing in both Chicago and Munich, earning the Siebel Institute of Technology’s WBA Master Brewer certification. That knowledge shows up as well-crafted beer offered as part of Stormhouse’s robust draft lineup that covers a wide array of styles. The taproom serves as many as 15 beers on tap, eight of which are core beers available year-round. Another half-dozen rotate with the seasons or are one-off experiments that range from fruited sours to the brewery’s oneyear anniversary barleywine. The beers follow the Stormhouse theme, many sporting nautically inspired names. Regular core brews include the “Nor’easter” New England-style IPA that gives a nod to the region’s seasonal storms; the “Daymark” amber ale named after the navigational markings on the lighthouse that aid both pilots and sailors; and “Pressure Drop” hazy IPA, what is often a harbinger of bad weather, that has become a best-seller.


You can also try “Hang Time,” a crispy pilsner flavored with New Zealand hops and brewed in collaboration with Brinzo family friend Green Bay Packers punter Pat O’Donnell. For those looking to keep cool, the “Cool Vibes” Kölsch is an easy-drinking beer that’s light and crisp, and “Billie Rose Blonde” — named after Josh’s daughter — a blonde ale flavored with orange peel and honey. Available to-go in 32-ounce crowlers, they’re the perfect summer beach beers, says Josh. “It’s also the perfect beer to help those new to the beer scene convert into the local craft lover,” sums up Josh. “Today, that’s my favorite part of the business — seeing people come together and just have a good time. Our goal was to open a brewery that could be a place to celebrate special occasions, enjoy a family meal, or even host a party. Being a part of the community, that’s really what Stormhouse is all about.” 1201 US-1, Unit 15, North Palm Beach @stormhousebrewing

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was a long time coming, but after nearly a decade of being Palm Beach County’s preeminent jamtronica band, Guavatron finally released a proper album into the world with the release of “Momentous” on April 28, 2022. “We had a lot of funny things happen to us before this album finally came out,” guitarist Adonis Frangiskakis tells The Atlantic Current. “We’d recorded a lot of songs but then didn’t end up doing anything with them. But I’m glad we waited. We’ve progressed a lot as musicians.” The band had made some changes since The Atlantic Current last talked with them in 2017. “We were a five piece, but our drummer Nate Largent decided to part ways. One of our guitarists, Casey Luden, hopped on the drums. He had no knowledge of drums, but progressed really quickly. As one of our founders he understood the Guavatron vibe and knew from his heart where the music should go,” said Adonis. Unfortunately Casey was a reason for one of the delays of their “Momentous” album. “All the guys in the band were texting each other about how excited we were to go into Power Station in Pompano to record the next day. We never heard from Casey. Then he called me and said he had been mountain biking and had dislocated his shoulder.” The band had to push back their sessions six months for Casey to heal. “It ended up being a good thing,” Adonis said. “Not that Casey hurt himself but that we had more time to prepare.”

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In early 2021, the four members of Guavatron — Conor Crookham on bass, Adonis Frangiskakis on guitar/vocals, Casey Luden on drums/vocals, and Rodney Hansen on keyboards — finally made it into the studio for two back-to-back days of recording that netted 10 total songs. “We did it in 17 hours total. We recorded it live with all four of us in the same room,” said Adonis, who notes that the band aimed to give “Momentous” the improvisational feel of one of their concerts. “When we play live we take the original song and improvise and then either come back to the same song or take that into a new song. For recording purposes we’d go back into the same song of course. We tried to give it a flow. Like you know how with (Pink Floyd’s) ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ one song seems to go into another? We tried to do that same thing.” A lot of the songs on the record they’d been playing for years and came out fairly effortlessly. “All of the tracks had some overdubs of the keyboard, but some of the tracks are pretty close to what we did on the first take like ‘Ray Gun’ and ‘Turtle Dream.’ These were all songs we’d been hanging on to from the past and always wanted to get them down,” Adonis said. “The song ‘Awake’ was on our first EP, but we redid it for this because we thought the band’s vibe had changed so much. It’s almost a completely different song now.” Since the creation of a record felt like a momentous occasion for the band, the title seemed self-evident, but Adonis felt the need to point out it was never guaranteed. “I feel music can’t be set in stone. Music is so closely related to what is going on with you on that day.

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You might be playing the same notes, but your intentions will make it different every time,” Adonis said. But after the music was set in digital stone, they decided “Momentous” was the proper title after all, named after the third track on the record, a keyboard instrumental written by Rodney. Due to supply chain issues, “Momentous” is still not available on vinyl, but fans can stream it on all services and pick up a CD as well. When the records are finally available for purchase, the band wants to do a special show in front of the hometown fans where they perform the record in concert in its entirety from front to back. Before that, local fans will have the opportunity to hear them at Guanabanas Wednesday, July 20 before a tour that takes them throughout the Southeast. They return to Guanabanas Sunday, July 31 where they’ll be playing at the Seventh Annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash with a couple Grateful Dead covers interspersed with their original songs. Even though it took them a while to put out their first LP, Adonis said they’re already scheming on how to get the second one into the world, saying “It’s going to be called ‘The F Files’ and it will be a little bit more experimental.” @guavatron

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offee is just coffee, right? Wrong. For The Lokomotive owners Johnathon Pezzino (JP) and Sydney Jacobson, it’s about community in a cup. “The vision was always to bring the community together. We found an opportunity through our passion for coffee and customer service to accomplish this vision,” said JP, who, along with girlfriend Sydney began brewing and perfecting the art of coffee at their home. Now, they’re serving up some of the most delicious brew in town, from one of the most beautiful coffee houses in town, which is a huge step forward considering their youthful — yet determined entrepreneurial roots. So let’s start at the beginning. This train wasn’t always chugging along on the smooth track, but thankfully JP and Sydney could see the light at the end of the tunnel. They started out purchasing and completely remodeling their 1971 Airstream Safari Land Yacht with the goal

to launch their mobile trailer while they finished repairing their brick-and-mortar location at 105 Center Street. Everything started out great, but their first hurdle came in the form of launching their business amid Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. Then, they dealt with COVID shutdowns, receiving basically no governmental assistance for a brand-new business. To top it off, Sydney broke her arm from a skateboarding accident that landed her in the hospital, and they ended up losing half their staff. Throw in some opposition from Jupiter town officials forcing them to shut down again, and there was almost nothing they hadn’t seen or overcome to get to where they are now. “At this time we truly embodied The Lokomotive spirit. Trains have a slow bumpy start but once they get moving, probably best to either jump on and enjoy the ride or get off the tracks…definitely get off the tracks,” said JP, who credits his and Sydney’s strong work ethic to the success of their business. “Our Day One fans are still with us today enjoying the ride, and the ones who wanted to stay on the t h e a t l a n t i c c u r r e n t . c o m 39


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tracks, well, they are no longer in the picture. I guess it’s safe to say we enjoy a challenge and sincerely believe things don’t get easier, we just get better, stronger, faster.” Now, the team is dishing out traditionally-made cappuccino, Americano, macchiato, espresso, drip coffee, and a small variety of lattes — and let’s not forget good vibes — from a 6,000-square-foot venue. Originally built in the 1950s, the building was two separate locations, one serving as a post office servicing Jupiter and the other as a butcher shop and grocery store, among other identities. A consignment store called it home around the turn of the century, and after a fire almost destroyed the building six years later, in stepped the Pezzino family. JP’s grandfather viewed the property around 2007/2008 and called it Ferro Via, meaning “iron road,” or more literally, “railroad.” JP’s dad ended up purchasing the property and completely rebuilding it from the ground up while keeping the historic integrity intact. So, it seemed like a natural progression to park the Airstream outside and open up shop in a larger space where the community could be fully welcomed and engaged. 40 C O F F E E

“We really feel blessed to be able to operate in such a beautiful location. We wanted to use the coffee as a vehicle for bringing everyone in to see such a unique and uncommon space generally not seen in South Florida,” said JP, who is excited about opening up the space to the community for markets, weddings, family friendly events and more. “We saw an opportunity in hosting monthly markets to offer local startup businesses a way to get their name out there without having a monthly rental obligation while also taking advantage of our foot traffic.” The duo hopes and aims to exceed expectations both with providing expertly prepared beverages for their customers as well as an amazing overall experience with their team in the space. They feel that they’re different than the average coffee shop in many ways, but the main being their atmosphere and approachability. Regardless if you’re a coffee novice, need a speedy caffeine fix, or would like to sip and chat, everyone is welcome to enjoy amazing service from personable baristas in a high-octane yet comforting environment.


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“We love coffee and see such great value in it as a way to bring everyone together,” JP said. “In these trying times it is not lost on us how a simple coffee encounter can absolutely transform someone’s moment, day, and life.”

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Which is why they fully embody their motto of “If you do everything with love, love will do everything for you.” “[This saying] has been the best advice we could give to anyone, no matter what we are referring to,” JP said. “It basically means give everything your all, no short cuts, and it will be returned handsomely. The thing about love is it’s reciprocation is generally 20-fold.” Now that’s something to love. 105 Center St., Jupiter @thelokomotive

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