Prime restaurant space no more: Accounting firm takes former pizzeria in downtown West Palm Beach

Florida Crystals Building in downtown West Palm Beach.

Florida Crystals Building in downtown West Palm Beach. Photo courtesy Cushman & Wakefield.

Despite stellar views of the Intracoastal Waterway and a seemingly prime location, the restaurant space at 1 N. Clematis struggled to secure a stable tenant. Fire Rock Coal Fired Pizza and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria came and went over the years. Hamburger Heaven moved out of the smaller space next door.

Now the space is being taken over by a national accounting firm. Andersen Tax signed a 9,169-square-foot lease at the Florida Crystals Building in downtown West Palm Beach.

“The creative lease transaction converted two former ground-floor restaurant spaces into a single office with direct water views and an open, collaborative environment,” commercial real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield said in a news release.

Andersen Tax is moving out of its space at Phillips Point West in downtown West Palm Beach. Converting the former restaurants to offices should take a few months, said Kevin Landers, the Cushman & Wakefield broker who represented Andersen Tax.

Landers said the building’s location at the far eastern end of Clematis Street might have hampered traffic.

“They are also very large spaces for restaurants to make a go of it on a primarily lunch crowd,” said Mark Pateman, a Cushman & Wakefield broker who represents the Florida Crystals Building.

Florida Crystals Building in 2012, when Grimaldi's Pizzeria was a tenant. Photo by Jeff Ostrowski/The Palm Beach Post.

Florida Crystals Building in 2012, when Grimaldi’s Pizzeria was a tenant. Photo by Jeff Ostrowski/The Palm Beach Post.

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