Vagabond Hotel Opens Today; Restaurant Coming in October

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Ciara LaVelle
The Vagabond: Fully restored to her MiMo greatness.
The completion of Biscayne Boulevard's Vagabond Hotel culminates with a party this evening to celebrate the MiMo beauty's full restoration.

The Vagabond Restaurant will follow shortly, with an opening slated for sometime in October.

See also: Inside the Vagabond Hotel, Biscayne Boulevard's Restored MiMo Gem (Photos)

Restaurateur/chef Alvaro Perez shared some intel with Short Order about the restaurant, which will be helmed by chef Alex Chang. Chris Wang, a "Wall Street renegade," has been named general manager, and Paul Schroeder is bar manager.

Chang, who will serve as executive chef of the Vagabond Restaurant,
gained notoriety when, as a kinesthesiology major at USC, he opened an underground restaurant with Robert Kronfli, a music major, in their on-campus apartment in 2009. The restaurant, named Paladar, was the subject of a documentary of the same name by filmmaker Gil Freston.

Perez said the restaurant's name is derived from the hotel's diner sign -- a landmark from its original heyday. Inspiration comes from the word "vagabond" itself, as the chef/restaurateur explains. "The true meaning of the word 'vagabond' is a person who wanders. We're all wandering around. We're from New York, Tokyo, Miami. The food will reflect that with an American-based menu with Latin, Asian, and European influences."

The restaurant's interior will feature a vertical garden and works by local artists, including a wall of portraits of "local vagabonds." The ceiling will boast a mural of constellations.

The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days. Sunday brunch will also be offered. Dinners will run about $40 to $60 per person; lunch $20 to $30. In addition to a full bar at the restaurant, the Vagabond Hotel will also boast a pool bar.

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Vagabond Hotel

7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

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Monica Correa
Monica Correa

Oh my goodness! they are lucky that thing didn't colapse on them while they were there... -_-

Lynn Machin
Lynn Machin

Leilani Laureano and Monica Correa lmao

Al Newman
Al Newman

Now more prostitutes, hoes and drug dealers will be on biscayne blvd corridors

Linda Leach Fernandez
Linda Leach Fernandez

Wow Miami is really undergoing a transformation. Might have to visit here one day! Used to live very close in Belle Mead.

Paula Lawson
Paula Lawson

It looks nice. I drive by it every weekday morning and have watched the progress.

Emiliano Ruiz Lobo
Emiliano Ruiz Lobo

is the neighborhood safer now? I remember back in the day it wasn't.

Gema Mondragon
Gema Mondragon

Can't wait! We Live around the corner! Love my neighborhood!

Constanza Maute
Constanza Maute

We're from New York, Tokyo, Miami. The food will reflect that with an American-based menu with Latin, Asian, and European influences." Mmm music for the masses, still, something to look forward to:-)

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