South Street Closes

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Bill Wisser
South Street Restaurant & Bar, the Motown-inspired restaurant in the Design District, has closed.

The restaurant's Facebook page simply states, "South Street is closed... STAY TUNED FOR WHAT'S NEXT." The phone at the restaurant went unanswered at 7:15 last night, and a call to sister restaurant Gigi yielded no further information.

See also:
- South Street's Amaris Jones Promises to Win You Over With Pork-Free Soul Food

South Street opened in October 2012 in the old Sra. Martinez space. A collaboration between self-proclaimed "lifestyle consultant, dot connector, visionary, lover, sister, friend, amazing cook, foodie for life" Amaris Jones and restaurateur/nightclub owner Amir Ben-Zion, the restaurant struck some observers as off when it announced it wouldn't serve pork at the spot that featured neo-soul cuisine and soulful tunes.

The closing comes as somewhat of a surprise, because the restaurant was well attended by various celebrity friends of Jones'. In fact, South Street's Facebook page was filled with pictures of Adrienne Bosh's birthday celebration, which happened only last week.

During Art Basel, Martha Stewart dined at the restaurant and raved about the "great music and Amaris' fabulous Soul Food including kale, sweet potatoes, fried corn." Other celeb sightings included Tom Joyner, Chad Ochocinco, and the Kardashians.

Cooper Avenue, another Amir Ben-Zion venture, also shut down suddenly in December after problems with the A/C and ventilation. The closure was supposed to be temporary, but Cooper Avenue has not reopened. The restaurant/market opened in late September 2012.

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Location Info

South Street

4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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jenniferj10
jenniferj10

I went by there sat night and wondered why it wasnt open. There were about 30 people outside the door wondering the same thing. This is a very very strange closing to me..That food was some the best home cooking Ive had in such a long time. The vibe was always perfect.  The community wants to know what happened to this restaurant?  Was it too swanky for the design district? I am hoping Chef Amaris brings back this back soon and .. there was no other place other (than Prime 112) that had the celeb buzz like South Street... last time I was there I saw Dan Marino sitting at the bar ....Miami needs this restaurant.. where else am I going to go to get my fried chicken , shrimp and grits and lobster mac.....

MiamiFoodie
MiamiFoodie

Co-owner Amaris Jones was able to create a tremendous amount of goodwill and buzz in Miami in a fairly short period of time. SouthStreet was always a high-traffic restaurant, an unofficial Heat hangout and was frequented by the likes of Martha Stewart, et al. Plus the shrimp and grits were the bomb. Wouldn't be at all surprised to see Jones make a dramatic reappearance on Miami's restaurant scene at some point. 

mikemoskos
mikemoskos

Fifteen years ago, I used to have a graphic production business in the Design District. I so wanted to buy that old post office and move it in there. 

PorkFree
PorkFree

Amaris Jones seems to have too many titles.  Do one thing well, not 20 jobs mediocre.   And perhaps Amir Ben-Zion is spread too thin?

beckycho29
beckycho29

Seems like South Street just needs new management..food was great..

Andrew Jordan
Andrew Jordan

great real estate waiting for the right concept

Angela Fernandez
Angela Fernandez

SRA was the best use of space, I hated when they closed :( I agree Sonny, no restaurant has been able to prosper in that location.

BBrown
BBrown

I'm not surprised. The service was terrible there and they were very unorganized.

Sonny Palta
Sonny Palta

Sometimes I think that location is cursed for restaurants...this is at least the 3rd I can remember to move out of that bldg.

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