A few days ago our Broker, Pauline Bennett, and her husband Gary, invited Jill and I out to dinner on the condition we choose the restaurant. After careful consideration, (being the consummate negotiator that I am), I made reservations to one of our favorites haunts, Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar, recipients of a Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award a year after opening. Got to impress the boss, right?
True to form, we are greeted warmly at the door by culinary co-genius and co-owner, Arthur Lopes. The other half of this Epicurean dynamic duo, Chef Ryan Boeve, gives us a friendly wave through a large window of the bustling kitchen. You’ve got to love these guys.
For perspective, these two opened the much applauded Zoria Restaurant on Hillview Street to universal raves before relocating to the Main Plaza downtown, where they enjoyed an eleven year successful run. After decades working impossible hours they took a well deserved hiatus to focus on family, while their past customers clamored for them to return.
So, when Gary posed the question “How we choose the restaurants we write about”, in many cases it’s by following great local chefs like Arthur and Ryan.