Chef Allen Susser Tells New Times He's Closing After 25 Years UPDATED

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Chef Allen Susser
Chef Allen Susser says he'll close the doors to the Aventura eatery that bears his name. The restaurant has been in operation since 1986.

"Twenty-five years has passed, the lease was up, and it was time to make a decision," says Susser, who is 54 years old and lives in Hollywood. "Don't be distressed. Just think of the 25 years of celebration."

Susser is best known for being part of the Mango Gang -- the group of South Florida chefs that in the late '80s and early '90s brought national attention to the local culinary scene.

The restaurant in Aventura has long been among the best known in the nation. In 1994, Susser won the Best Chef award from the James Beard Foundation, which offers a $1,500 college scholarship in his name. Susser also earned Best Restaurant Comeback from Miami New Times in 2009 after he refurbished the dining room.

In the near future, Susser says, he will consult, help in restaurant development, and teach. For the past three years, he has been advising Jade Mountain in St. Lucia, one of the world's top restaurants. He also assisted with the startup of the Miami Culinary Institute and has taught classes at Florida International University.

He will continue to operate several locations of Chef Allen's to Go and Burger Bar by Chef Allen's at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. "I'm still very ingrained in the community," he says.

Miami Herald restaurant critic Victoria Pesce Elliot announced the news today via Twitter. "Tell Victoria to stop tweeting and give me a call," Susser says.

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Location Info

Chef Allen's - CLOSED

19088 NE 29th Ave., Aventura, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Jack
Jack

its a shame that great places like jacksons steakhouse in fort lauderdale, nemos in south beach, and now chef allens close.

Rrr
Rrr

awww that is so sad. Chef Allen's was my favorite restaurant in Miami.Chef Allen is always so generous and the food is always way above expectations.

Richsayette
Richsayette

True loss for the community as Chef Allen's was always consistently at the top of the game for food and attentive service. Allen Susser is a class act and I wish him the best in all future endeavors. Thanks for all the memorable meals.

Jefesoriginal
Jefesoriginal

Thanks Chef! I was lucky enough to work with you at Chef Allen's!!

Jack

MyraWexler
MyraWexler

I predict he will open a new place, down the road. Bravo. 25 yrs. in business is something to Celebrate. Go Chef AS : )

Debralabrams
Debralabrams

Have been dining at Chef Allen's since the restaurant opened. Never a disappointment in twenty five years. We have celebrated special occasions and just enjoyed wonderful dining experiences for all these years. You will be sorely missed by my family. Good luck in all your future endeavors.

wokstar
wokstar

Sad, sad, Chef Allen knows how to run a restaurant but can't blame him for closing, it's so much work! I recently had a business dinner meeting there and he personally comes round to say hello. Attended several industry functions as well as his mini cooking class, so informative and pleasant. Sorry to see you go. But I always say, as one door closes, another opens and for the better.

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