Breakers ice cream shop OK’d
Also selling candy, it will be named Mary Lily’s after third wife of hotel founder Henry Flagler.
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.