Umami Burger: Another Business Closes Due to Alton Road Construction

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Construction has forced Umami Burger to close.
The South Beach outpost of L.A.'s Umami Burger closed over the weekend. A restaurant spokeswoman cited that dusty Alton Road construction made it impossible to continue operating.

"We are thankful for our Umami fans in Miami, and we look forward to announcing a new location soon," Umami's Veronica Rathbourn wrote in an email.

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The closure marks the second high-end burger joint -- the first being 8oz Burger -- to shut down at the once-prime Alton Road location.

Months of road construction -- which has squeezed what was once one of the Beach's main thoroughfares into a bumpy, one-way street -- has caused concern among business owners and is slated to continue for at least another year and a half.

See also: Bernie's L.A. Cafe Has Closed: Is Alton Road Construction to Blame?

The City of Miami Beach has launched a free Alton Road shuttle and erected blue signs alerting drivers to the businesses standing beyond the chopped-up concrete barrier. Yet Bernie's L.A. Café on 15th Street and Alton shuttered last summer, while a handful of others try to slog through the dust and ripped-up sidewalks.

On Tuesday, the sidewalk outside what was Umami Burger was nothing more than a patch of sand and gravel. Twelfth Street, where motorists often turn to begin the always-desperate search for parking, was closed to traffic.

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Location Info

Umami Burger - CLOSED

1080 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


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ikorky
ikorky

Best Burger in Miami Hands down I hope they open up again somewhere else soon

Grant Stern
Grant Stern

Yeah, what do the 2 prior burger joints in the same spot blame their failure upon?

Mondee Hernandez
Mondee Hernandez

Aileen Penate Hernandez Xiomy Rodriguez Linda Radelat Nancy Colamorea

tony.jones30
tony.jones30

Place was def a disappointment even more so compared to the LA locations....but I do not think anyone could survive the amount of construction happening all the way to their door.  They are completely surrounded by a construction site.  No way even to get close to them by car or walking really.  

Kristopher Bahamondes
Kristopher Bahamondes

Eh, it has more to do with their business model than the construction. That location doesn't see enough foot traffic regardless.

Diogo Bizarro Hausen
Diogo Bizarro Hausen

Nooooo!!!! I been promising Callie when we move back to Miami we would still have umami!

Sebastián Cambó
Sebastián Cambó

I was there last year and was back a couple of months ago and it was still in construction!!!!

Tian Mao
Tian Mao

ITs just a bad spot. People on West do Olivers and up to wholefoods., and then they go to lincoln.. Alton 7th to 11th should be for fast food, not casual dining.. certain zones are just best for certain things... These companies are thinking miami, but not studying the people and traffic patterns..

gwo12000
gwo12000

Don't blame the road construction.  Nothing has survived at that location for years.


Alessandra Cata
Alessandra Cata

Any road construction in the 305 sux! Best way to funnel $$$ out.... Where are the laborers?!

Danielle Zig
Danielle Zig

Or because it sucked amiright Sophia Michelle Pittaluga Andrew Lerman Chris Woodburn

Ross Kulberg
Ross Kulberg

Awful food and awful service. It also smelled nasty. Love how they blame it on construction!

Joseph Zayas Bazan
Joseph Zayas Bazan

No one was going to umami please i live blocks away report correctly

Dave Lionheart
Dave Lionheart

I don't understand why the rebuilding of the streets is such a mess and takes so long ... Most of the time when I take the local bus I don't see anybody working. Just dirt and chaos.

Michael Mariano
Michael Mariano

NOOOOOO! Their burgers kicked ass! That sucks!! In case anybody from Umami Burger is reading this . . . DELRAY BEACH is THE place to be! F MIAMI! Why bother trying in a city that makes it that hard to run a business!!! LOTS OF GROWTH in Delray and tons of projects to enhance your business. :(

Dade DivaCo
Dade DivaCo

M Malachi Thomas KB is gonna miss that Miami Heat burger lol

Tommy Gunn
Tommy Gunn

The burgers were great.. it was just a bad location..not just because of construction. They should've opened it in Midtown or the Gables.

Raymond Rigazio
Raymond Rigazio

I agree with the others, the construction was not the problem! The problem stemmed from the fact that they are a CA based company that did poor if any market research on the S.Fla market. There was inadequate support from corporate and very little marketing.

Mike Audi
Mike Audi

That place was forced out because it was the same idea as the last 3 burger place that were there that didn't survive even before the construction started.

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