River Oyster Bar Moving Out of Brickell in 2015

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David Bracha and charcuterie at Oak Tavern.
David Bracha's River Seafood & Oyster Bar will make its long awaited move out of Brickell sometime in 2015.

Bracha, who also owns Oak Tavern in the Design District, has leased spaced on the ground floor of the rising Flagler on the River Apartment Towers being built by Argentine developer the Melo Group. They hope to secure two more restaurants for the space in the future.

See also: Tobacco Road Property Sold, Bar to Remain Open at Least Three More Years

Despite construction turning the neighborhood surrounding River Oyster Bar into a traffic-clogged war zone, the restaurant has continued to fill both during it's happy hour - with ridiculously cheap bar bites - and in the evening.

In 2012 the property on the corner of South Miami Avenue and Southwest 7th Street was bought by a Colombian developer for $12.5 million. The value of land, where Tobaccoa Road and Bond Trisransi's Bonding also stand, saw its value boom as the billion dollar Brickell City Centre began rising around it.

See also: With Oak Tavern, David Bracha Takes Root in the Design District

At the time new owner Carlos Mattos offered the businesses each a three-year lease, and appears to be keeping his word.

The River's impending move is a big loss for Brickell. With sky high lease prices it seems only large chain Asian fusion restaurants and Irish Pubs have the wherewithal to open in the increasingly congested neighborhood. Beyond a handful of spots like MyCeviche, OTC and Momi, it seems Brickell is suffering from too much of a good thing.

Can any Brickell residents tell us why you spend about $2,000 a month for a one bedroom in an urban neighborhood where getting a solid bite often means hopping in the car and fighting traffic on the way to somewhere else? We'll wait.

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The River Seafood & Oyster Bar

650 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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43 comments
James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Brickell & downtown is a different world. I figure they hope it'll become NYC. I recall they wanted the electronic billboard towers erected. That was around when LBJ arrived, 4 years later, he's gone and downtown Miami is still the unsustainable real estate fraud that happened last decade under Bush. Funny thing, I had a heated debate over this 4 years ago with an online real estate expert as it pertained to the empty condos. Another I was right about ? Gambling resort stalled on the speculation that gambling would be embraced and approved.

Luisy VWater
Luisy VWater

brickell is turning into a concrete REAL jungle :/

Mailyn Carolina Barrios
Mailyn Carolina Barrios

I'm excited...I just moved into the building where the lobby will host the River Oyster Bar. Not sure why everyone is so surprised. Before construction began for Brickell City Centre, plans were made to demolish that entire area. Everyone should know that the land was sold years back with the promise all those little restaurants could stay for a few years and be relocated. No rumors here! It's been two years this news came out. Also, the new location is great. Literally, you drive over the bridge about two blocks on the street the River Oyster Bar is now, and you're at the Melo building called Flagler on the River. Right down the street from Garcia's, Casablanca's and Seasalt & Pepper. You guys are going to love seeing the boats and ships drive by. ✌️😎

BrickellMoney
BrickellMoney

There are other great seafood restaurants in the area: The Oceanaire, Truluck's, La Mar.

Grecia Araujo
Grecia Araujo

One of my favorite places as well but they are not moving too far!

Mada Lynn
Mada Lynn

Kyle Dawson I still have to take you there before they move...

Casey Piket
Casey Piket

They are moving into a new building on North River Drive across the street from the river.

Kenia West
Kenia West

Lol it smells like shit around that area so its good theyre movin

Texa Gaya-Cherubin
Texa Gaya-Cherubin

Diego Ojeda wherever the bacon goes we will follow. I say we make it a date and go to the new location when it opens!

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

It's the rent, surprised anyone opens a restaurant in Miami period. Spaghetti turns into a $20-25 meal. I mean really boiled water and pasta with red sauce ?

Jose Mora
Jose Mora

Wtf? I go walking from my building , first Tobacco Rd, then Flanigans and now River oyster? These were some of the reasons I moved to this neighborhood 5 years ago

Christina Jacomino
Christina Jacomino

The Tobacco Road rumor and now THIS? That area is going to SUCK.

Keith Lawler
Keith Lawler

I hope they finally open a Walgreens or a CVS.

Patricia Torre
Patricia Torre

There's no reason to go to brickell anymore unless u live there :(

Fonz Montoya
Fonz Montoya

No parks. No green spaces. Just more high rises and city hall still can't balance their budget with all of the extra tax dollars coming in. Finnegans River, Tobacco Road and Oyster bar good bye!!

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Well, this kind of living seems to work in Manhattan, since Miami is often compared to NYC with palm trees, it MAY work here. On the other hand, Florida real estate history teaches us that whatever goes up? WILL come down. One large storm hitting downtown Miami and you'll be able to buy Brickell condos for 1 cent on the dollar. Sooner or later it WILL happen. :) Have a nice day folks.

Daniel Convers
Daniel Convers

No shit. If Tobacco Road has to move, then so do they.

ZachF2
ZachF2

@BrickellMoney I agree with you on La Mar. Trulucks is good during stone crab season when they let you as many of last season's frozen claws for about $70.

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