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Pagoda Kitchen, a neighborhood restaurant celebrating Chinese home-style cooking, plans to open its doors in October 2021. Pagoda is operated by award-winning restaurateur Burt Rapoport, with Executive Chef Bryan Emperor leading the kitchen. Alongside them will be General Manager Kevin Burns, a valued Rapoport’s Restaurant Group staff member since 2013 and former manager at Deck 84.

Rapoport, who currently operates Deck 84 in Delray Beach, Max’s Grille in Boca Raton, and Burt & Max’s next door to Pagoda, felt there was a need for a home-style Chinese cuisine in west Delray Beach. Wanting to celebrate the culture and their cuisine properly, he hired Executive Chef Bryan Emperor to develop the menu which will include traditional items such as Peking Duck, Dumplings, Bao Buns, Wonton Soup, Asian BBQ Ribs, Lo Mein, Beef & Peppers, and others, inspired by Emperor’s pan-Asian culinary

A focal point of the restaurant will be the double, vertical rotisserie which will be roasting Peking duck, Chinese spare ribs and chicken from morning to night. Pagoda will also feature a robust take-out station, plus an indoor bar and a spacious 360-degree outdoor bar, complete with a bevy of creative craft cocktails, beer, wine and sake.

Rapoport’s Restaurant Group has begun to actively seek qualified applicants to round out the culinary and hourly team for Pagoda Kitchen. Rapoport’s was recently named the number one medium-size workplace for South Florida Sun Sentinel’s “Top Workplaces” 2020 list as well as a 2021 National “Top Workplaces” winner. Interested candidates are welcome to email their resume to Kevin Burns at or fill out an application on our careers page.  

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