Updated
Sep 27th, 2018
First Posted
Feb 17th, 2018

Mangos

904 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale FL, 33301
(954) 523-5001

Details

Hours: Open late 7 days
Dress Code: Casual
Parking: Street Metered
CC: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Outdoor: Yes
Reservations: No
Delivery: No
Happy Hour: M-F 4pm-7pm 1/2 Price Apps, $2 off all drinks

Description

Mangos is closed just a few months after opening.

Some big changes at Mangos:

Mangos has been 'sold'; some rumor has it that it will now be an Italian concept, because you don't actually have to know anything about food to sell spaghetti and chicken parm. But why would you open Yet Another Italian with Bossi's and Cafe Europa next door? Hoping to steal a portion of Bossi's business in a 250 seat restaurant?

The new owners are Bruno Vaccari and Rafeal Ferrer. Fake News is reporting that Vaccari is a "master sommelier", but I find no evidence that it's true. Ferrer owns a tax planning company in Weston, so at least the books will be in order when they try to sell the place. Vaccari has not owned a business previously in Florida.

While their menu says "Together since 1992", this place is a completely new restaurant.

Review 8/2/11

Mangos is your basic tourist trap, with a great location for boulevard watching on nice weekends. The food is pretty standard (think cheescake factory with smaller portions and higher prices).

I'd eaten here a couple of times when I first moved into town and after that stamped it as a drinks-only place. I did get the spinach dip one night when I was here watching a band and it was pretty good. The calamari is decent also.

A couple of weeks ago I was looking over their menu and spotted a jambalaya; what really caught my eye was that it seems to be made with the correct ingredients. There are a lot of places that have stuff like 'jambalaya pasta'; and this is just wrong. Jambalaya should have rice. It was the 4th of July and I wasn't sure what was opened, so I headed over to try it out and do some tourist watching.

Mangos has a parking lot behind the restaurant that's free for customers. You probably have no chance to get a spot in the evening (as I'm sure many non-customers park here), but at lunch time I got a spot.

It was pretty empty so I scored a table on the sidewalk; this is a prime spot for people-watching. Of course there weren't many people to watch today, but it's still a nice spot.

Unanticipated were the pigeons; the annoying birds were flying in and out and walking around on the patio. I ordered the jambalaya and a Mich Ultra and settled in. In about 10 minutes the food arrived.

it looked halfway decent, and I have to admit that it wasn't half bad. From an ingredients standpoint, everything was cooked just about right and the peppers and celery added a nice crunch. Not the best andouille but it was passable. It could have been spicier and it could have used more tomatoes. But Jambalaya can run the gamut of fantastic to downright awful. Some versions can be way too soupy. This was certainly better than most I've had down here.

At night, Mango transforms into a night club with live music nightly. They have a pretty good rock band on Mondays and Tuesdays (Breeze) that I've seen a few times. The crowd is a bit older; mostly people that have been coming to Mangos for many years; from a time when Mangos was the hot spot on Las Olas. Mangos is also one of the few places in town with a dance floor.

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Leslie
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I was at Casa Calabria last night. Was told the Casa Calabria folks bought Mangos and hope to open it this fall.
Administrator
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I did some digging and you are in fact correct. Note that the Calabria people also run the Bamboo Beach Tiki bar and were behind the ridiculous Tokyo Blue. Bruno Vaccari is still involved, so it looks like he secured Talerico as an investor to re-open the place.

Let's all agree that Casa Calabria and Bamboo Beach wouldn't exist if they weren't in a hotel, so let's not get our hopes up that anything good is coming to Las Olas. It also still appears to be up for sale (the ownership changes were filed in July), so they might just be retooling it into a less offensive looking venue.
Administrator
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It appears that TRP is de-mangoing this place, or did someone buy it?
Admin
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It appears Mangos is up for sale for just $899K
Administrator
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Mangos is closed after a short stint on Las Olas; it took them way longer to remodel it than it did to close.
Administrator
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They're trying to claim they're an "Italian" restaurant; with burgers and Tacos for lunch. Their "Coby" Burger, yes spelled with a C, is $18. Who is going to pay these prices to eat at Mangos?
Administrator
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Now Open. We have the menu. It looks like they're going full out club
FLLKevin
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You got that part right. I went in this past Friday. The main room is basically a strip club without the poles and dancers and there was a jazz band playing. I don't know what this place is supposed to be. We had one drink and left. Not sure who would eat dinner here.
FLLKevin
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The Valentines Day Special Price Fix Menu scares me. Early joke of things to come I suppose. How do you have a grand opening of a restaurant in 2018 and still have no website or menu to be found anywhere? The snowbirds and tourist will go regardless.
Administrator
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I'm always baffled by places that have been under construction for over a year and then when they open their website is "coming soon". It takes a day to slap up a simple site.

The Valentine's menu is a very pedestrian menu indeed. Beef Carpaccio is raw. Cured is not raw. Sliced hot dogs maybe?

Imagine after so much time remodeling opening on Valentines day with THIS menu.

Imagine the new Mangos.
Administrator
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They have their food service license, but no liquor license yet. No posts on FB since Jan '17.
Administrator
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It looks like these guys have jumped though all of the hoops and has filed another application. They supposedly replaced both of the bars so there should be some surprises. Hopefully it's not another place with crab cakes and rigatoni bolognese.
Administrator
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That latest disaster is that the building failed it's 40 year safety certification. Not sure of the details.

The restaurant license is still under the name of John Day and his partners, which seems curious after nearly 8 months.
Administrator
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Mangos got nailed by the code police for renovations without a permit. This could be a Tim Petrillo special; The new owners haven't filed a change of ownership; when they got caught they said that they just didn't get around to filing for permits yet, because waiting until the last minute is a brilliant thing to do. Sounds like the same deal as we reported with The Boatyard.

There's no names on any of the documents, so it's not clear if the owners of the building or the new owners of the restaurant are doing this. Or if the deal fell through. More shady stuff in Fort Lauderdale.

Administrator
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Absolutely nothing going on here. No change of ownership has been filed. No permits. "Cooming Soon" message on a new web page. Yes Cooming.

They're re-opening as Mangos.
Lorri
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Haven't been here since March, It is now owned/managed by Chuck's Steak House.
They kept some of Mango's menu, not much, not many people there on a Fri. night.
There goes another good Ft. Lauderdale restaurant
Administrator
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I'm not sure which bar fly told you that, John Day has owned Chuck's and Mangos for many years. Nothing has changed, yet.
Luscious
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I was there a couple of weeks ago for happy hour and the bartender was wearing a shirt with Chuck's insignia. Also, from Mango's website, "Mangos is owned by a group of partners, including Paul & Louise Proffer and John Day. Christopher Gaus and Gino Santa Lucia are the operating partners."
Administrator
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Right, but those are she same who have owned and managed the place for decades. Paul Proffer and John Day were the original owners of Chuck's. So they've always owned both places. So there has been no change of ownership.

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