Boomer’s leaves Lakewood Park, becomes restaurant/bar in south Fort Pierce


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ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Boomer’s Place Restaurant in Lakewood Park has moved to the restaurant/nightclub space in the Days Inn Midtown at 3224 S. U.S. 1, south of Edwards Road in Fort Pierce.

Owner Boomer Lufkin has renamed the restaurant Boomer’s Midtown Restaurant Bar and plans to open this week.

“We’ll definitely be opened by New Year’s Eve,” Lufkin said. “I have the bartenders in place now.”

Lufkin and staff were moving kitchenware, serving ware and electronics to the new store on Tuesday. Lacquer-framed posters of Marilyn Monroe familiar to Boomer’s regulars were on the walls Christmas Day.

Lufkin said the new, U.S. 1 location is about 50 percent larger than the Lakewood Park store and includes a bar and full liquor license. It’s also Lufkin’s return to his first Treasure Coast venue.

In 1996, the Day’s Inn hired Lufkin away from Disney to open and manage a nightclub in the space. “That was Club Safari,” Lufkin said. “We made a lot of money here but when season was over and business fell off, the [former hotel owner] closed it.”

With his club closed, Lufkin and wife Karen Lufkin decided to open Boomer’s restaurant in a small Lakewood Park plaza. The restaurant moved twice over 10 years, settling in the Indrio Roads Commons in Lakewood Park.

Lufkin said he was curious about the vacant space in the Days Inn. It had been the site of a number of clubs and restaurants over the years. When Lufkin saw it again recently, he decided to move Boomer’s there.

Boomer’s Midtown will keep Boomer’s affordable-to-moderately-priced breakfast, lunch and dinner menu featuring store-made and made-to-order foods, Lufkin said. The restaurant is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The phone remains 772-595-1500.

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2011/dec/28/boomers-leaves-lakewood-park-becomes-in-south/

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