September 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

Courtesy Lippi
Seasonal baby vegetable salad at Lippi.
September marks the beginning of the busy fall season. All over Miami, life renews as shops, restaurants, and hotels spiffy up for the winter season. Retooled menus, chef changes, and reworked decor are all par for the course -- as are the openings of a plethora of new and interesting restaurants.

The most notable restaurant opening in September is Lippi, the much-anticipated restaurant by Zuma partner Tunu Puri. Two-time James Beard nominee Philippe Ruiz heads up the kitchen and Daniel Toral is head sommelier at this upscale Mediterranean restaurant.

Bloom in Wynwood closed suddenly, posting the following note on their Facebook page on September 17:

Hi Everyone, Bloom will be CLOSED, we will be opening in a different location. Our team is bringing a new concept to the space very soon! we will keep you posted.. Thank you everyone for your Love and Support.

October is looking to be a strong month for openings. Watch for Frederic Joulin's Semilla to open on Miami Beach; The District Miami to open in the Design District; and Richard Hales' Blackbrick to open at the very end of the month.

Also notable is A Passage to India, a new pop-up at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove that runs from October 3 - November 3, 2013.

See also: A Passage to India Pop-Up Coming to Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

Trumping all news: Trader Joe's is opening its first Miami-Dade store on October 18, bringing affordable groceries with a tiki theme to Pinecrest.

See also: Trader Joe's Opening Soon in Pinecrest: Ten Items to be Excited About


Continue to the next page for Closings and Coming Attractions...

Location Info

Lippi - CLOSED

600 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

3300 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove, FL

Category: General

Green Garden Organics

4750 Jefferson Drive, Coral Gables, FL

Category: General

The Island Bistro

603 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

L'Entrecote de Paris

1053 SW 1st Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Mina's Mediterraneo

749 NE 79th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant


3401 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sonic Beach

19501 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, FL

Category: Restaurant

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doggie style was damn good and within walking distance. I was sad that it closed

frankd4 topcommenter

...........too bad the whole industry is based on SCREWING THE TOURIST and cannot stay around from one season to another without changing BOTH name AND location

of course,  the landlords have been conditioned to fully expect a retail location that is occupied by a restaurant will close faster than it opens;  so the landlords insist on charging very high rents to front-load their eventual losses a few months later on

for all the concepts and high-brow buzz with recognized award winning players the whole thing is temporary.................. until as many visitors and guests as patrons are wacked with over-priced wine, killed on valet parking charges and under-whelmed with uber-expensive entrees, the doors remain open while the curtain is dropping on the limited-engagement show

or else there would be MORE and MORE long term prospects the survive and are sustainable as legitimate operations that are well-liked and honest and locally supported

Andrew Jordan
Andrew Jordan

China Grill has been "moving to Brickell" for two years...


Guarapo Organic Juice Bar (649 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33138) just opened.   Got a flyer at my house, but haven't been yet.   Prices seem fair.

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