Be Happy, Get Lucky is the theme at the Lucky Street Tavern & Grill, the newest restaurant/bar entry in the newly emerging 441 Corridor across from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.  Mayor Josh Levy and other local celebrities attended the ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, December 7th at the retro-style restaurant and bar that adds an interesting twist to ’40s and ’50s good time Americana comfort food (think chicken pot pie dumplings, and tempura grouper sandwiches).  Between the interesting menu and the vintage-design comic art and the soon to begin live entertainment, there’s a lot to keep you interested at Lucky Street.

The grand opening was the culmination of many months of work by manager Andrew Williams and restauranteur Paul Galluccio, who also owns the LIPS chain of restaurants in Florida, New York and Atlanta and the OB House in downtown Fort Lauderdale.   Partner Edward Lafaye has been working with Paul for 15 years after many in the food business in Europe and America, most recently with the Caliente Cab company, taking the New York-based business country-wide.

Paul Galluccio loves the restaurant industry and, at age 80, he loves working.  He has the energy and enthusiasm of a much younger man and just loves to make people happy.

“This is a hobby for me,”  he told the Hollywood Gazette.   “I love putting things together.”

“Lucky Street Tavern and Grill is both a restaurant and a lounge,” explained Lafaye, pointing out that even the space set up is designed to handle both, with low slung loungy sofas on one side and more traditional tables and chairs on the other.   They envision the business as “A twist on the American Dream — Inspired by the hope, optimism and good times of the ’40s and ’50s,” and describe the menu as “Elevated Americana comfort food with a Global Twist”.

The menu is still being tweaked, said chef Ryan Lithgow.  Lithgow is an up and coming Johnson & Wales graduate who worked most recently with the Starr Group, at Makoto in Bal Harbor.  In addition to clever takes on American comfort foods in both small and large plates, there’s a super hot coal-fired pizza oven and a full raw bar.

On the drink side, according to beverage director Sergio Rueda, there are 15 beers on draft so far and a variety of bottled beers as well as a full bar.  Cocktails, created by renowned mixologist Jared Bolter, follow the theme with a modern twist on classic as well as fun drinks of the era, incorporating such ingredients as Tang, iced tea, hot cocoa, Cocoa Puffs and milk.

Entertainment is key to the day to night, restaurant to lounge concept — Lafaye says that live entertainment will start most nights at 10 and go till 2 am now, and eventually till 4.   Additional parking spots are being added around the newly renovated plaza where Lucky Street is located (directly across 441 from the Hard Rock’s Lucky Street Garage) and the Tavern will be providing valet parking on many nights, including all nights when there is live entertainment.

Plans are underway to develop an entertainment area on the roof of the restaurant with a swimming pool!

“I want this to be a social place with lots of entertainment,” added Galluccio.

New Year’s Eve will be an event for both diners and loungers at Lucky Street.  Call for details and reservations.

Lucky Street Tavern & Grill is located at Rock Plaza, 5450 South State Road 7 in Hollywood, 33314. 844-777-LUCK. www.LuckyStreetFL.com.  Call for hours and additional information.