Break­ers ice cream shop OK’d

Also sell­ing candy, it will be named Mary Lily’s after third wife of ho­tel founder Henry Fla­gler.

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By ALEESE KOPF

The Break­ers re­ceived town per­mis­sion last week to open an ice cream and candy shop in honor of the late wife of re­sort founder Henry Fla­gler.

Mary Lily’s, named after Mary Lily Ke­nan Fla­gler Bing­ham, is sched­uled to open in Novem­ber.

Mary Lily Ke­nan, who lived from 1867 to 1917, was the third wife of Fla­gler, the Stan­dard Oil founder who established Palm Beach as a re­sort des­ti­na­tion. The Ke­nans still own the re­sort, which was founded in 1896.

The 404-square-foot shop will be built in a breeze­way con­nect­ing the Palm Court and the porte-cochere at the main ho­tel en­trance. The Palm Court is a stretch of stores at the south­west side of the main build­ing just be­yond the grand lobby. Shops in­clude News & Gourmet, Polo Ralph Lauren, Co­conut Crew, Ab­so­lutely Suit­able, Guer­lain and Lilly Pulitzer.

The re­sort needed ap­proval from the Town Coun­cil be­cause it’s in a spe­cial town-reg­u­lated zon­ing dis­trict.

Jamie Crow­ley, an at­tor­ney for The Break­ers, said the new shop brings the to­tal re­tail square footage in the Palm Court area to 7,565 square feet. In 1990, the town set the limit at 8,200 square feet.

Ho­tel man­ager Kirk Bell told res­i­dents and mer­chants last week that the project has been on the team’s “wish list” for many years.

“We think that it’s a re­ally sweet ad­di­tion,” he said Fri­day at a Greater South County Road As­so­ci­a­tion meeting hosted by the re­sort.

The Land­marks Preser­va­tion Com­mis­sion ap­proved the shop last month.

“Naming the store in Mary Lily’s honor is a small but mean­ing­ful way to re­mem­ber the very im­por­tant role she played in the unique his­tory of The Break­ers,” Break­ers Pres­i­dent Paul Leone said at the time.

The Break­ers also earned per­mis­sion to ex­pand its re­cently ren­o­vated seafood restau­rant and bar.

The re­sort plans to add 37 seats to the 6,111-square­foot Seafood Bar.

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