El Camino is looking to park in Boca Raton.
The restaurant concept — scratch kitchens turning out what’s billed as “Mexican soul food” — will open its largest location yet this winter at the cuisine centric Restaurant Row, a dining destination next to the Town Center mall. The other El Camino locations are in Delray Beach, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, all under the Modern Restaurant Group umbrella that is owned by Brandon Belluscio, Brian Albe and Anthony Pizzo (the same trio behind Cut 432 and Park Tavern in Delray Beach). This is a full-circle moment for the cofounders, who all started their hospitality careers in Boca Raton and met as teammates while working at Pranzo before owning Vertical 114 Modern Wine & Bistro.
“Since we were in Boca, I think this was 17 years ago, it’s evolved and changed so much,” Belluscio says. “But when you really think about Boca, it’s been so long since something new is coming along in Midtown. So I really do feel like all the customers and the guests are really going to embrace us. … We’ve been away from it for a while. And, yeah, it certainly feels like coming back home. For sure.”
By: Rod Stafford Hagwood
South Florida Sun Sentinel