The team behind 32 East is a close-knit group that built the restaurant from the ground up. Since then, they have all gone on to undergo a variety of other successful endeavors ranging from other restaurants to real estate projects. Remaining close to their original milestone venture, you can frequently see them in 32 East speaking with customers and bringing their own families to eat.
Managing partner, affectionately referred to as “Butch”, is the driving force behind 32 East. Handling every detail in the front of the house, he can be found nightly warmly greeting customers by name and visiting each table to make certain of complete customer satisfaction. His dynamic personality and enthusiasm permeate the dining room and set the tone for the attentive, yet cordial service that his staff provides.
Educated at Villanova and Temple Universities in Philadelphia, in the late 60’s Butch entered his father’s construction company, renovating and restoring buildings. He entered the hospitality industry in 1995, when he and his partners purchased the building on Atlantic Avenue which is now currently home to 32 East, and developed the restaurant concept from the ground up.
Butch, as Managing Partner, oversees every aspect of the restaurant’s operation, but his passion is the wine list. He became intensely interested in wine in 1972, when a friend gave him his first Hugh Johnson wine book. He continues to enjoy personally selecting and creating one of the most extensive and highly acclaimed wine lists in the area, stocked with intriguing boutique offerings, as well as highly regarded favorites. As with wine, Butch hand selects employees that have the same dedication and passion for food, service, and wine as he does. Employees will tell you that working at the restaurant is like being part of a family. A number of its current employees have been with the company since its opening day. His dedication has earned 32 East numerous commendations, which you can view in the press portion of our page.
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After a successful business career in Miami, Lee discovered that baking and pastry making were her true passions. She moved to New York to attend The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and then trained under Chef Fransisco Migoya, one of the top ten pastry chefs in the US at the time. Chef Migoya taught Lee cutting edge pastry techniques along with how to properly run a bakeshop – valuable skills that carry her through to this day.
Lee graduated with honors and returned to South Florida to work in such establishments as The Four Seasons Resort, Hakkasan, and Gotham Steak in The Fountainebleau. She was encouraged to exercise her culinary talents in independent restaurants, and this valuable insight led to her work as a pastry chef under a two-star Michelin chef, until eventually joining Chef Nick Morfogen and the rest of the talented staff of 32 East.
At 32 East, the legendary Delray “foodie” house, spirits manager John Fitzpatrick has learned a few things about flavor.
Working with the 32 kitchen, most notably on their famous home-made absinthe, Fitzy was able to create an iconic drink menu which New Times magazine recently anointed “the best whiskey cocktails in Palm Beach County.”
Fitzy has been a fixture in Downtown Delray since moving here from Manhattan with his wife, Marit, in 2000. In 2001 he was selected to help design and open the bar at one of Delray’s first mega high profile restaurants, Sopra, with award winning Chef, Glen Manfra.
He is probably best known for building his own place, Fitzy’s Lounge, in 2005. The famous hot spot was the “go to” for locals and hospitality worker’s after shift shenanigans until he sold it in 2009.
He currently resides with his wife and two dogs, Meatloaf and Miss Ellie, in Ocean Ridge and yes, he likes reading books about whiskey and long walks on the beach!
In honor of coming into our 20th Year here at 32 East, we've decided to offer up something special for our amazing patrons: Now throughout the whole month of November get a bonus 20% on every gift card purchased on our website. There is nothing special to do. Simply check out normally, and an extra gift card will be included reflecting 20% of your purchase value.