A private club coming to a historic Palm Beach street corner could bring life to the buildings at 264 and 270 S. County Road. The previous 264 The Grill location has been abandoned for two years, after operating for nearly four decades.
Palm Beach resident Michael Bickford, CEO of real estate investment firm Round Hill Capitol, plans to open Carriage House, a private club for 264 exclusive Palm Beach residents. Attorney Maura Ziska will present the plan to the Town Council in September. They will propose an extensive renovation and upgrade to the building to restore it to it's original landmarked character.
The 11,000 square foot members only club will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to hosting special events. According to the plans, the club is designed to have a dining area, kitchen parlor, bar area and lounges on the first floor connected by an outdoor courtyard. On the second floor would be a living room, media room, card room and parlor.
While several private clubs already exist in Palm Beach, including The Bath & Tennis Club, The Everglades Club, Club Colette, The Sailfish Club, and the Beach Club among others, Bickford plans to create an upscale establishment similar to London's "six-star," jacket only clubs, Annabel’s and 5 Hertford Street.
Although there are mixed feelings from Palm Beach residents, this would begin the revitalization on South County Road, which is currently a road of empty buildings and storefronts. Bickford, who purchased a home in the Estate Section of Palm Beach in 2015, has longtime ties to the island. He plans to move to Palm Beach full time in the fall with his family.