Palm Beach staple, Testa's Restaurant, will be closing its doors on July 16, after nearly a century on Royal Poinciana Way. Testa's has been located at 221 Royal Poinciana Way since 1947, and before that, at the former Nick & Johnnie's site, which was once Chuck & Harold's.
The family is considering options for sites on and off of Palm Beach for a potential reopening. They are thankful of their customers for 96 years of support. "We knew this day would come and it is with great sadness that we must say goodbye for now", said Tom Testa. "All our customers are family to the Testa family and we will truly miss them, but hopefully see them in the near future in a different location."
For the locals, it is a bitter sweet ending. While Testa's has changed locations in the past, there has never been a time when families could not ride their bikes to this beloved restaurant for blueberry pancakes or some strawberry pie. With the uncertainty surrounding the when and where of its reopening, as well as the massive construction and renovation to Royal Poicianna Way, many have taken this week to come and say their proper 'goodbyes'.
Over the years, Royal Poinciana Way has changed drastically from the once Flagship street of the gilded Palm Beach, to the quaint main street of the town. The past two decades have brought even more change as such staples as Main Street News, Chuck & Harold's, Bradley's, Au Bar, and now Testa's leave the street for good. Royal Poinciana Way will rebuild and re-open with new establishments to capture our attention and create memories, but for now, many in the community will shed a tear remembering what was there and would seemingly never leave.
The Vesenaz site, which was purchased last year for $10.3 million by the Frisbies of Palm Beach, has been home to the restaurant for nearly a century. The building also includes The Palm Beach Book Store, Evelyn & Arthur, Eyes on the Island, and Classic Collections Boutique. The Frisbie family has major redevelopment plans for the spot; a new building with space for restaurants, retail and six luxury condos complete with underground parking, is expected to go up on the site in three years time.
We wish the Testa family all the best, and thank them for a lifetime of good food, and great memories.