May 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Laine Doss
Cipriani Downtown Miami: Dining with a view.
From high-end European luxury to favorite small places to a wild beach bar owned by a reality TV star, May's openings had something for everyone.

Cipriani Downtown Miami opened, bringing old-Hollywood elegance to Brickell. On the other end of the spectrum, Ocean Drive is buzzing about Miami Monkey, a wild bar owned by Angela "Big Ang" Raiola. Miami Beach's Sunset Harbour neighborhood saw the opening of two beloved Miami spots -- Icebox Cafe, which relocated from Lincoln Road; and Panther Coffee, which opened its first Miami Beach location.

If you'd rather stay home than go out, life got easier with the additions of Whole Foods Market in North Miami and the Total Wine & More superstore in Kendall.

As far as closings go, Miami Beach is losing Bond St. Lounge. Closing June 2, the intimate, sexy lounge had a loyal following. In an interview with Miami Pop, Amir Ben Zion said the closing was because, "Jonathan (Morr), Jennie (Yip) and I, along with our New York investors, sold the Townhouse Hotel back in December 2012. Then the opportunity came up to keep Bond St. open for the season, which we mostly did for the sake of our regulars and our team."

What are we looking forward to in June? Huahua's in South Beach will offer inexpensive and delicious tacos in a human and pet-friendly setting and Toasted Bagel Company promises to finally bring good bagels to Brickell.

Openings

Closings
Bond St. Lounge (closing June 2)

Location Info

Cipriani Downtown Miami

465 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Icebox Cafe

1855 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Love Is Blind Food & Wine

225 Altara Ave., Miami, FL

Category: General

Miami Monkey - CLOSED

1330 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Panther Coffee

1875 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: General

Pinkberry

1144 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

SushiSamba

180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sweet Times Cupcakes & Coffee

8530 SW 124th Ave., Miami, FL

Category: General

The Unemployed Chef

2030 S. Douglas Road, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

Total Wine & More

11960 Mills Drive, Miami, FL

Category: General

Umami Burger - CLOSED

1080 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

VooDoo BBQ & Grill

8405 Mills Drive, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Whole Foods Market

12150 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, FL

Category: General

World of Beer

3252 NE 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Nikko by Sunshine

188 SE 12th Terrace, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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