RIP Chocolate, Kobe Club, Akashi SoBe and More.
We've called up more than 250 restaurants in Miami, sniffing out closings over the past month and reporting them. Combined with tips from friendly commenters, here's a recap of what's 'unfolded' in May. So now the question is, who's next on the list Sherlock?
Chocolate Restaurant - The lights at this restaurant on Coral Way have been out for some time and phone calls turned up a disconnected number. A search online found health code violations in December of last year, but a clean inspection on April 22. There is a branded website homepage reading "coming soon."
Brosia - We learned yesterday that the restaurant has been sold and will be closed through the duration of the transfer of ownership until its future is determined.
Maison D'Azur at The Astor - A phone call to the hotel today confirmed the restaurant is closed "for renovation for about 2 to 3 weeks." When pressed for details on what was being done, replied with "it's behind closed doors."
The Forge - Closed for renovation with no anticipated re-opening date.
Kobe Club - Per China Grill management, "Kobe Club Miami will reopen in August when Miami Spice starts and goes through the end of September, and continue to be open after, as it's when our season kicks in."
Zushi Flirt - Replaced by a branch of 8-oz. Burger Bar in the lobby of Z Ocean Hotel.
Akashi at Fresh on 5th - Closed on the second floor, but contemplating venture downstairs in the future.
Shaka Jon's - It's phone is disconnected, and the website is no longer in use.
Prime Blue Grille - Closed, empty restaurant and empty website.
North Miami Beach
Matador Argentinian Steahouse - Multiple phone calls to multiple listed numbers produced busy signals.