At Aspen and Fort Lauderdale PR Agency Durée & Company, we have clients in a variety of markets all over the United States. However, with our headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, we see how the city is changing every day. From real estate and legal to restaurants and tourism, we have been representing numerous brands around Fort Lauderdale since Durée & Company was established, so we have had front row seats to see how the city has changed. Three of the main areas we’ve seen change over the years are Fort Lauderdale Beach, Downtown Fort Lauderdale and Flagler Village & FATVillage. Curious about these developments? We are here to dish!
Fort Lauderdale Beach – This area has been booming with new luxury hotels and restaurants for years now, and they’re still popping up! The Conrad is among the newest of the completed luxury hotels, and Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale broke ground right next door. If you’re looking to sip some margaritas near the beach, The W’s El Vez is a new favorite. Or if you’re in the mood for something a little more casual, Bo’s Beach, owned by former Miami Dolphin player Kim Bokamper, opened in February and is two-story beachfront restaurant with gorgeous beach views from both the first and second story.
Even though this area is growing with new hotels and restaurants, charming traditional Fort Lauderdale still remains near the beach with Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and Birch State Park. Birch State Park has even added a neat restaurant called Park & Ocean with live music right along A1A. This is a great location for both locals and visitors to enjoy and get a taste of true Fort Lauderdale.
Downtown Fort Lauderdale – There is so much to do in Downtown Fort Lauderdale no matter what age you are. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, brings more than 700 performances each year to Downtown Fort Lauderdale. They even had Hamilton run this past December and January!
If you’re looking for a new, unique way to spend happy hour with friends, the Cruisin’ Tikis can pick you up from Downtown and take you for a ride along the New River while sipping your cocktails. Our D&Co team did this for team bonding and we’ve already been looking into scheduling another one! It’s new experiences like this that keep things fun and fresh in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Right where Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard meet, Township has become a major hot spot for happy hour and watching sporting events. The large space that was previously Tilted Kilt is the go-to restaurant and bar when it comes to football season. And right around the corner, where the old Riverfront was, is the site of the much-anticipated The Wharf Fort Lauderdale expected to open this fall. The Wharf has had amazing success at its location along the Miami River, and people are anxiously awaiting the Fort Lauderdale spot to open.
With a slew of trendy restaurants and bars, Las Olas Boulevard is definitely a favored spot when it comes to nightlife. From Louie Bossi’s Instagramable courtyard to The Balcony’s rooftop seating with views of Las Olas, baby boomers, Gen X and millennials are all able to enjoy what Las Olas has to offer.
Flagler Village & FATVillage – This area has undergone major gentrification over the past few years. Just west of Federal Highway and north of Broward Boulevard, apartments and condos in Flagler Village have been going vertical at an insane rate. The popular indoor/outdoor beer garden Rhythm & Vine also put Flagler Village on the map when it opened in 2015. With outdoor picnic bench seating, guests often bring their dogs with them during the day as well.
FATVillage has also been going through a transitional phase. Henry’s Sandwich Station recently opened next to C&I Studios, on the street where the monthly Art Walk takes place. On the last Saturday of every month, FATVillage hosts its Art Walk where local artists display their gifts and goods for purchase and the galleries on the street are open to showcase new art exhibits. Also, connected to C&I Studios is a chic coffee shop called BREW Urban Café. With its large bookcase behind the barista counter and unique atmosphere, BREW is the place to go if you want to sip coffee or tea with the locals. People often dub FATVillage as the “Wynwood of Fort Lauderdale.” The trendy JB&C restaurant has definitely made a name for itself with its Instagramable décor and signs.
The City of Fort Lauderdale has grown in more ways than one over the past few years, and we love seeing what new projects are in the pipeline. With clients in various industries around Fort Lauderdale, we are proud to have our headquarters in this city!
About Durée & Company
Durée & Company, Inc. is an award-winning full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Aspen, Colorado. The firm serves the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients focusing on public relations for real estate, public relations for restaurants, public relations for law firms, public relations for charities, public relations for healthcare, and many more. Durée & Company services include Public Relations, Social Media, Marketing, Advertising, Special Events, and Radio Promotions and Outreach.