Lokal: A "Clean" Burger-and-Beer Joint to Open in Coconut Grove

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All photos by Laine Doss
Matthew and Priscilla Kuscher are opening Lokal, a "clean" burger-and-beer joint in Coconut Grove.
Matthew Kuscher believes burgers can be "clean" without being boring, and he has faith that Miamians will agree with him around Halloween, when his new restaurant, Lokal, opens at 3190 Commodore Plaza in Coconut Grove.

Kuscher has spent his entire career in the restaurant industry. After graduating from Florida International University with a hospitality degree, Kuscher worked at the American Airlines Arena under Levy Restaurants and then managed Hillstone (then Houston's) in New York, Chicago, and Coral Gables before going out on his own with Lokal.

If you didn't catch the name, Lokal refers to the restaurant's use of as much locally sourced product as possible. Kuscher will work with local produce farmers, and beef, pork, and chicken will come from heritage farms in Florida. Burgers, for example, will be made with Black Angus beef from Four Arrows Ranch in Citra, Florida.

Kuscher plans to serve 15 to 20 brands of bottled beers and about a half-dozen on draft -- all microbrews or craft beers (with the exception of maybe one anti-hipster selection like PBR or Bud).

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Lokal's sign is up and drawing attention in Coconut Grove.
Le Cordon Bleu graduate Albert Collado will be the man behind the burner, charged with turning all of these clean proteins into delicious burgers, sandwiches, and salads. But don't think these creations won't be decadent.

A preliminary menu features burgers served with sriracha, jalapeños, and Monterrey Jack ("the Miami Heat"); Burgers on doughnuts ("the Crispy Kreme"); beef and champagne for high rollers ("the Burgers & Bubbles," a patty paired with a bottle of Dom Perignon); and a version of a frita, made with guava jelly.

Sandwiches are a family affair and include Kuscher's wife Priscilla's tuna sandwich and Florida shrimp tacos. Prices aren't set, but look for burgers and sandwiches in the $8 to $15 range (the Dom Perignon pairing being significantly higher).

What's not local, "clean," or organic on the menu? Look out for Lokal's redneck dessert platter, consisting of three of your choice of fried Twinkies, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Nutty Bars, or Oreo cookies served with milk. Because sometimes even the cleanest people have to get dirty.

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Ajp7575
Ajp7575

Ate there and it is a delicious burger, eben the tuna sandwich was awesome.Cool little  place...owner is super nice guy.  I will be a regular

Aecorbett
Aecorbett

How is PBR an anti hipster beer? It's the quintessential hipster beer.

Anyway, Lokal is fabulous. Love it.

Annerys S
Annerys S

Sounds like a great idea.  We can't wait for it to open and be there.  Good luck, I'm sure it will be a success.

Glacken_g
Glacken_g

signed a fake will w arnold and dad?

Glacken_g
Glacken_g

signed a fake will in Potomac w dad?

siri
siri

congrats matt, hope it does great, look forward to tasting the food and drinking the beer

Foodie 4 Life
Foodie 4 Life

Sounds so exciting, cant wait to try that frita with guava jelly, we are desperate for a new place in the grove that has quality local products.

STEVIE
STEVIE

As a local resident, I am looking forward to a new option for dining. Sounds like you guys have great ideas for your menu. It will be nice to try burgers prepared with a twist and knowing you will be supporting local farmers. I get it..... you guys are not promoting health awareness food, but providing healthier choices. Everyone should know there is a big difference when foods are prepared with organic products.     

Babydapena
Babydapena

I think you are going to do great// I can/t believe there is so much envy.Jelousy,ignorance and stupidity around, but what can you do, there is a lot of Flags people you have to deal with(in reference to the person who signed Flag)

GOOD LUCK and wish you the best/////Can;t wait to try your guava culinary burger////

By the way, i THINK THEY DO NOT READ THAT IS LOKAL WITH KKKKKKK

MRS  , THOMPSON

MUCHAS FELICIDADES Y MUCHO EXITO AND YOU  ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE SO RUDE

GET A LIFE,       EVERYONE SHOULD  BE HAPPY THAT THIS COUPLE  WANTS  TO WORK, EMBRACE  THEM////////

Yo MAMA
Yo MAMA

She must be in it for the money LOL! Gold diggin' bitch gonna be a broke as bitch waiting for him to get the dollas, stay away from dem krispy kreme burgers ma!~

PaulyG
PaulyG

Whoa, talk about a mismatched marriage. Jesus Christ.

Joe Collado
Joe Collado

Go Chef Albert!!! Let me know if u guys need a swinging 4 piece Latin Jazz band to take the place to another level.

Beast
Beast

Priscilla has a nice smile!

Culinary Killa
Culinary Killa

Sounds like a unique place but the couldn't come up with a unique name (The Local in Coral Gables). They also seem to be contradicting themselves serving local fesh meat and saturating it with grease doesn't sound very intelligent but then again there are a lot of unintelligent people in Miami LOL, they might prove pretty successful. Good luck!

Riki
Riki

Yikes! Guess they didn't realize there's a new spot called The Local in Coral Gables, huh?

Paul
Paul

Priscill and Matt, good luck. With this many haters and youre not open yet, your business will be a success. Haters kill yourself. Priscilla i'm Happy for you....

Paul>>>

LaNegri
LaNegri

This place will be a hit for sure, looking forward to it. I love their concept. Please don't listen to any negativity because it comes from insignificant people. When people are about to make their dream come true jealous or I may say very jealous people want to be hurtful. Focus on positivity and open very soon because all of South Florida want a taste of your burgers. yammy :)  

bamma^
bamma^

:( someone had a bad day and took it out on a blog..poor guy

Culinary Lover
Culinary Lover

WOW.... Nice grammar!!! dem#!? ma*%!

Can't wait for the place to open.

Calika
Calika

what a morooooooooooooooooooon

Paul
Paul

Just wish there was somewhere close by to play poker while i enjoy your burger and beer.... lol

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