Shake-Up at the Blue Piano

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There's a storm a-brewin' at the Blue Piano, which has been the go-to spot in Buena Vista for daily live music and Chef Cesar's pork-laden haute stoner food.

Seems the power couple of (former Short Order blogger) Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, who have become the face of the restaurant, will be parting ways with the BP, citing "fundamental differences of opinion and philosophy."

Originally hired to consult on the opening of the Blue Piano, Cesar and Aniece were soon brought in as partners. Running the day-to-day operations of the restaurant, Cesar implemented a unique menu of small plates, while Aniece curated the wine list and ran the front-of-house. Before BP, the couple worked at multiple restaurants in Miami both in the back and front-of-house, including Karu & Y and Fratelli Lyon.

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Anthony Bourdain recently stopped by the BP while filming in Miami
It will be interesting to see the direction that BP takes. With a great rotating live-music selection (our favorite was Tuesday nights with Big Poppa E), expansive beer and wine selection, and crowd-pleasing food, it has been a great place to hang out in this rapidly-changing neighborhood. Will the remaining partners keep the same concept and Chef Cesar's menu, or are changes afoot at this tiny spot on NE Second Avenue?

Meinhold remains amicable, saying "like a great love affair, you love hard and you fight hard as well. The Blue Piano was a great experience for all involved."

What does the future hold for this dynamic culinary duo? Meinhold says "a number of new projects have presented themselves," so expect to see them in a new venture very soon.

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The BP's trademark Blue Piano -- very apropos, no?
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Location Info

Blue Piano Music Lounge & Wine Bar - CLOSED

4600 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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BP Follower
BP Follower

The BP is and always will be a nice little hang out where you get the chance to hear great music, drink from a large selection of wines, beers and even sodas, meet really interesting people. Don't think that a change in management will affect that.  Will still be a loyal patron to the BP!!!!!!!  Oh and as to my personal experience lately service has IMPROVED!!!!!  Due to what? I don't care!

Bfba12345
Bfba12345

I heard what kind of problems caused the "break up" and a lot of them had to do with bad attitudes and even major accounting irresponsibilities. This place is great and will be even better from now on.

Greg
Greg

Been going to BP for 3 or 4 months, there nothing different. Bar tenders very nice, great service. overall great experience.  I would stop making harsh comments until you know what really happened. Be nice people. 

Guest
Guest

I was there on Wednesday night and let me tell you. The food was great and the wine/beer list (on paper) where great! But the service was HORRIBLE. There where 5 people working on the floor and were running like chickens and the place wasn't ever busy. They were out of the beers and wines that we ordered to the point that we had to ask for different ones 3 times. The girl that was serving said: I recommend my favorite wine but I don't know the name it. What??? This place is going down soon.

Guest
Guest

@ all the above post. R u all friends of the previous manager that used to work there??? Bcuz I've been going to Blue Piano for the last few weeks and I have not run in to any of this trouble u all went thru. The music was awesome, food was delicious and the service was great!!! My recommendation don't pay attention to all this and stop by at blue piano and make ur own judgement. :))

Guest
Guest

I never met the previous Manager and that night was my first night there. I dislike bad service and I believe if you are going to have a great selection of wine and beer the staff should be knowledgeable. Blue Piano please DON'T BUTCHER THE WINE/BEER INDUSTRY an please learn your products.

Heidil
Heidil

This place will shut down in 3 months just like every place in Miami .... It's a wrap guys

TheMiamiWay
TheMiamiWay

Yeah, reminds me of Noodle Bar and Gigi.  Somebody always gets greedy...

Stephanie Lynn
Stephanie Lynn

Sad to see the dynamic duo go, The Blue Piano will not be the same! :(

L2M
L2M

How could there be fundamental differences when, at least from the patron point of view, everything was working beautifully?!  Please please please don't f-ck this place up and go back to cheese platters and crappy charcuterie like every other wine bar.

I AM ME
I AM ME

Thanks @short_order for finally breaking this dreadful news.  Dear @bluepianoMIA...uh wait why would I write you when the person who did all your marketing- and everything else- is gone?

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