The Breakers Palm Beach – Seafood Bar

Palm Beach, FL

This fast-track off-season renovation project consisted of demolishing the existing restaurant space including adjacent meeting rooms and removal of the existing concrete slab and infrastructure. This left the building’s deep pile foundation system and historical hotel building structure ready for the new restaurant venue. Underground utilities were also relocated and added to support the operation of the new restaurant and bar while the main hotel remained in service. The complete interior remodel of the6,111 SF nautical-inspired Seafood Bar includes a new 18 seat framed aquarium bar top, a temperature controlled wine room, floor to ceiling impact windows that overlook the ocean, main dining area to accommodate 110 patrons, exhibition kitchen facing the dining area, high-glass columns and acoustic ceilings, and new restrooms.

Building the WeitzWay

Weitz transformed the Seafood Bar on a fast-track basis while keeping guests safe and minimized the disruption to the hotel’s daily operations. Weitz worked tirelessly with multiple hotel departments to schedule major equipment loading, cranes, and loud demolition around key events already planned. This often required unloading materials and equipment within the construction space at odd hours to avoid disrupting hotel activities. The Weitz team delivered the project on time and with a high level of quality that is expected at a world-class resort.

The Weitz team has been managing construction projects at The Breakers Palm Beach for over 25 years. During this time, our team has learned to adhere to the Weitz Quality Control Program in order to produce results that last. One of the most important challenges that this project presented was the replacement of 3-panel sliding glass doors, operable windows, and fixed panel windows just feet from the Atlantic Ocean. Strict current building codes require impact resistance and 170 mph wind load capabilities. Utilizing the team’s QC Plan along with a third party envelope consultant ensured a watertight seal on all windows and doors.

“In the case of our Seafood Bar, the entire infrastructure of the restaurant had to be rebuilt presenting many unexpected challenges, including the replacement of wiring and plumbing dating back to 1926, and today the entire restaurant is brand new. All of this was accomplished in a tight time frame allowing us to open in December 2016. As we look back over the past year, we have found that not only has this stunning restaurant impacted everyone who has walked through the doors, but due to the collaboration with The Weitz Company our team is able to work in better conditions and a much more efficient manner.”

Nick Verlardo
Vice President, Food & Beverage - Restaurants