Anise on the Little River Closes, River Shack to Open In Its Place UPDATED

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Update: The phone message at the restaurant says Anise has closed and will be replaced by River Shack this Saturday. South Florida Gourmet reports there will be pig and lamb roasts.

Liza and Gigi Meoli, owners of the defunct Ouzo's on Normandy Isle, left the beach a few years back and anchored a new Greek-inspired restaurant on the Biscayne Corridor. Free parking and an interesting view of the Miami River gave them a new lease on life.

The couple offered innovative dishes from Greece, Italy, France, North Africa and the entire Mediterranean region at the start of every week. Though it was at first mildly successful, interest dwindled.

 

 

Today Liza and Gigi will give co-owner/partner, chef David Long of River Shack, some freedom to add comfort food. Gigi said, "The space will retain its rustic charm especially with the popular outdoor riverside seating while making some changes to the interior. An addition to the game room is also planned. We will still be in charge of the waterfront, in-house hospitality [but] we needed a change. We need a new look."

My take... I will miss the best couscous that I've ever tasted. It was fluffy, slightly tangy, filled with flavor, texture and smoothness. It had a hint of capers, a dash of fresh cilantro and chives, sea salt and was prepared admirably on his grill. Its loss brings tears to my eyes but hey... business is business.

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Uppereastsidefoodie
Uppereastsidefoodie

Very sad...the Greek food was probably one of the best in town. Just went to the new one looking for Greek food and unfortunately will not return. Food all had same flavor and hard to digest. Oh well!

Aharst23
Aharst23

They are reopen as a gastro pub with a new chef and sue chef Alan Harst. The food is changing for the better. It is no longer Greek now it is a homey bar food. Some highlights of the new menu are the shack burger, soppy Dave, brisk empanadas, Mac n cheese and the shrimp and gross are to die for.

Fester Prynne
Fester Prynne

Hopefully they get rid of the cockroaches crawling up and down the walls in there too. 

Christopher MacLeod
Christopher MacLeod

yes, i am also confused... will they still be serving their existing, primarily greek food, or is it a total overhaul?  the author refers to mediterranean mondays, and the interest dwindling but it is not clear whether she is referring to interest in that day or in the restaurant in general.  please clarify...

wokstar
wokstar

When will new resto be open? I never got chance to visit Anise even, phooey. 

ReadingComprehension
ReadingComprehension

Completely confusing article. Will it still be offering the Greek food it has been?   Is there Haitian food?

Aharst23
Aharst23

Sorry its SHRIMP and GRITS auto correcting is a bitch

Koukla66
Koukla66

i'm sure the miami bugs were outside not inside...

Aharst23
Aharst23

Grand reopening is today 5-19

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