In another era, Henry Flagler and Henry Plant, both bold, successful industrialists from the north with transformative visions for an emerging and hereto date wild, undeveloped Florida, forged two railroads critical to the development of our state; Florida East Coast Railroad ("FEC") and South Florida Railroad ("SEC"), respectively. But they also built "grand hotels" on highly desirable sites along their new rail line which became destinations onto themselves and catalyzed the development of small towns which seasonal tourists from all over the country wished to visit not only to enjoy the natural beauty of this new frontier but also to experience for themselves the "comfortable", "pleasurable" and "utopian" environments which awaited them upon their arrival.
Downtown West Palm Beach was once home to some 20 hotels, many along its waterfront. Flagler Banyan Square returns a 208-room "grand hotel" to the waterfront after a 50-year absence; delivers a fully amenitized 251 unit luxury apartment building to the site; and provides over 30,000 square feet of commercial space comprised of a waterfront destination restaurant and ground floor retail/office space facing Banyan and Olive.
The Ben is the centerpiece of Flagler Banyan Square. Designed from the ground up for discerning travelers and locals, The Ben captures and immerses its guests in a bygone age, while offering thoughtful modern amenities. This luxurious 208-room Marriott Autograph Collection property boasts spectacular waterfront views, a rooftop pool and amenity deck with bar, and whimsical rooftop ballroom. The Ben is a contemporary design rooted in the unique history of West Palm Beach. The Ben will surely become the grand setting for many spirited stories.
Oversea is a reference to Flagler's Overseas Railroad and its significance to the development of South Florida, including West Palm Beach and Palm Beach. The land at Flagler Banyan Square was once the site of a Flagler rail spur to the island of Palm Beach, connecting West Palm Beach and Palm Beach across the water. Oversea, conveniently located in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach, is similarly connected to the island of Palm Beach and its main street (Royal Poinciana Way) via the Flagler Memorial Bridge and is a short walk to the Brightline train station. Oversea offers the best of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach living to its residents.
Street-facing retail on Olive/Banyan will provide services and amenities to the guests of The Ben, residents of Oversea, office workers, and visitors to Downtown West Palm Beach.
Elisabetta's Ristorante, a 300 seat, 10,000 square foot restaurant, located at 185 Banyan Boulevard in West Palm Beach, includes a massive multi-tiered patio overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. The patio features a regulation sized bocce ball court, a 25' tall fireplace, an indoor/outdoor bar, a 19th century gelato cart, an outside pizza oven, and four vintage gazebos. In addition, the restaurant features a 12-seat semi-private dining room.
Everything at Elisabetta's is made from scratch including all pasta, breads, sauces, baked goods and gelatos. Elisabetta's dry ages its steaks in house and cure its own salumis. The restaurant features three pizza ovens made in Naples, Italy, two located inside the restaurant and one outside. The restaurant offers 70 wines by the glass and a 400 bottle wine list featuring classic and less known but great value Italian wines and proseccos. The bar serves classic Italian cocktails from Negronis to Aperol Spritzes. Elisabetta's makes all breads and desserts in house, including several kinds of gelato.
Elisabetta's is led by Big Time Restaurant Group's Corporate Culinary Director Lisabet Summa, with Andris Salmanis serving as Executive Chef and Drew Shane as the General Manager.
Boutique office space on the second level of the 185 Banyan Boulevard building will overlook a beautifully appointed, active urban square; marina; and the Intracoastal Waterway.
Flagler Banyan Square ("The Square") is an active urban place that will host a variety of activities throughout the day and serve as the front door of the project.
Narcissus Court, featuring a curbless "European street" design, connects the front entrance of The Ben to The Square, inviting visitors and guests to enjoy the amenities and public art within. In addition to the public use at The Square, a limited number of private events will be held there annually.
Anchoring the south side of The Square, the "185 Banyan Boulevard" or "185" mixed-use building will feature a lively, destination Italian eatery with outdoor seating at the ground floor, providing an active southern edge to The Square. In addition, private events may be held on the rooftop of 185, known as "Rooftop Flagler".