dining at The Woods
Seven-time Doral winner Tiger Woods opened what he hopes will be one of many restaurants last week just five miles from his beach home in Jupiter.
Named The Woods Jupiter, the eatery is part fancy sports bar and part steakhouse — all with a dash of South Beach club drapery and flash.
There were some good things at The Woods on the night it opened to the public Aug. 10, and some not so good.
Woods, who’s playing in the PGA Championship this weekend, wasn’t there — even though he showed up at the VIP opening with NBA legend Michael Jordan two nights earlier.
But his staff — at least two dozen workers on the floor all wearing Nike shirts — made up for their boss’ absence by performing professionally despite a 90-minute wait.
The Woods is loud, but the owner had the good sense to limit obvious signs he owns the place. There are a few of his prints and photos and golf gear on display here and there, but we’re not talking Hard Rock Cafe.
The menu includes lobster-and-crab cakes, lollipop lamb chops, ahi tuna on a bed of pears and shrimp.
Average price: $16 per appetizer, although there is a $60 seafood platter for tables of four. Entrees are in the $25 range, a little cheaper for the excellent bison burger.
Real Housewives of Miami star Lisa Hochstein and her hubby, Leonard Hochstein, the plastic surgeon known in these parts as the “Boob God,” acted like, well, boobs as well as cheapskates when the time came to furnish their new 20,000-square-foot home on Star Island, interior designer to the stars Steven G. says in his response to a lawsuit the Hochsteins brought against him in a Miami-Dade County court earlier this year.
“The Hochsteins asked us to do all this work on how to make their new house look stunning and, next thing I knew, they took our ideas and went shopping online on cheap Chinese websites,” Steven G., aka Steven Gurowitz, said a few weeks ago.
But now that Gurowitz filed his response, he really went medieval on the Hochsteins, who originally sued Gurowitz’s Interiors by Steven G. because they claim he never delivered despite their $50,000 deposit.
For one thing, the Hochsteins called themselves “renowned Miami residents” in their complaint.
Gurowitz’s answer “denies that the plaintiffs are ‘renowned’ as that word is defined in any recognized dictionary.”
Further, Gurowitz agreed to take on the project “upon representations made by the plaintiffs that they had a $5 million interior design budget, which turned out to be completely false.”
The Hochsteins claim Steven G. only came up with “pencil sketches and a few design samples for the kitchen,” while Gurowitz claims he did a lot of work.
“His answer is full of lies,” Lenny Hochstein says. “We never told him we had $5 million to spend. And no furniture, fixture, fabric or anything else that’s coming into this house is from China.”
The Hochsteins bought their property in 2012 for $7.6 million then famously battled preservationists over the destruction of the existing mansion.