Loba: Latin Spice and Southern Comfort Headed to MiMo

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Here, fishy fishy.
Not everyone grows up dreaming of owning their own restaurant and the desire to feed hungry folks who sometimes complain simply for the sake of complaining. No, it takes a special breed of person to dream about owning and operating a restaurant. Meet Jessica Sanchez, a financial analyst who took the plunge in 2013 and quit her 9-to-5 to pursue her dream.

She's opening Loba, which means "she-wolf" in Spanish, in Miami's MiMo district come early May. The 28-year-old Colombian grew up in the restaurant industry, acquiring years of experience and know-how from her parents, who owned Patacon, a chain of Colombian restaurants.

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Matt Kuscher on Kush: "We Are Aiming to Have Florida's Best Craft Beer Selection"

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Matt Kuscher.
Matt Kuscher wanted to leave the corporate life after working for Houston's for many years. Taking a leap of faith, he ventured off and opened Lokal in Coconut Grove in 2011, offering straightforward food made from sustainable and local ingredients paired with good beer. It helped that he brought David Rodriguez on board as head of the craft program. Lokal was an instant hit.

Three years and a brew bus later, the duo is opening its third venture this Friday. Kush (short for "Kuscher") aims to become Wynwood's go-to spot for drinking, eating, and art. With a small menu of about 15 items, Kush concentrates on the beer. "We want to be the best craft beer selection in all of South Florida," Kuscher says.

Matt recently chatted with Short Order about local boar, Kush brownies served with a bag of greens, his favorite beer, and his plans for Kush to become Wynwood's beer mecca.

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Eats & Beats Caters to Locals During SOBEWFF; Short Order Readers Get Discount

George Martinez
The Moore Building has one of the most beautiful interior spaces in the city.
Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time in Miami knows what areas to avoid during certain times of the year. Unless you are in the mood to dodge throngs of tourists and spend exorbitant amounts of money, South Beach is a no-no during the upcoming South Beach Wine & Food Festival February 20 through 23. Eats & Beats organizers are looking to give locals a home to start the weekend.

"The idea behind Eats & Beats is to have an event for locals during one of the busiest tourist weekends of the year," says event organizer Emi Guerra. "It gives locals a place to go without spending a ton of money and provides local businesses an opportunity to showcase their products."

Taking place February 22 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight over a sprawling four floors in the Moore Building in the Design District, Eats & Beats will feature 22 restaurants, four bakeries, five breweries, and 16 liquor and wine brands showcasing the best of their wares.

"We are looking to feature as many over-the-top items and local favorites as we can," says PR/marketing guru Liza Santana of Creativas Group. "Different types of ceviches, croquetas, risottos, and even chocolate. The restaurants featured are going to be like pieces that fit into a puzzle."

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The River Seafood & Oyster Bar Launches Brunch This Sunday

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Roasted oysters? Yes, please.
If someone asked you to describe your ideal brunch, your answer would probably involve eggs, oysters, charcuterie, and French toast.

Oh, and of course, booze.

Well, beginning this Sunday, the River Seafood & Oyster Bar will serve all of the above.

There will also be a smorgasbord -- an oversize wooden board topped with enough food to feed four to six people. It includes jamón serrano; manchego cheese with carrot salad and honeycomb; marinated olives; rabbit pâté with cornichons, whole-grain mustard, and pickled onion relish; crab salad ravigote; bacalao croquettes with saffron aioli; and much more. This "starter" will set your group back $90.

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Paradise Farms Launches Dinner in Paradise This Sunday

Laine Doss
Every dinner we eat in Miami is arguably a dinner in paradise. Seriously, how lucky are we? But if you really want to make the most of the tropical wonderland we live in, Paradise Farms' Dinner in Paradise series is an edible introduction to our own backyard.

The seasonal supper series kicks off its annual run this Sunday, November 17th, with a five-course meal from the trio of Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek; Todd Erickson of HaVen, and Lauren DeShields of Market 17. Think organic eats, fine wines, and a starry night sky above.

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SuViche to Open in Wynwood on November 15

SuViche via Facebook
Wynwood is growing quickly thanks to the many locally owned breweries, eateries, and bars. It's appealing territory for those looking to make a mark.

Bloom, the Asian fusion restaurant on North Miami Avenue, closed in September. The "Japeruvian" (Japanese-Peruvian fusion) joint SuViche will open in that space November 15. This is the third outpost of SuViche.

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Iron Chef Morimoto to Open Restaurant at Shelborne South Beach

Riki Altman
After years of wishful rumors and hopeful murmurs, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is officially setting up shop in Miami. And, as with many new endeavors, the announcement was made surreptitiously via Craigslist.

An ad posted to the site yesterday announces his new outpost at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, which is currently undergoing renovation and scheduled to completely re-open sometime this winter.

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Lure Fishbar at Loews Miami Beach to Open in November

Lure Fishbar
Chef Josh Capon is looking forward to spending time on South Beach.
Lure Fishbar is scheduled to open this November in the former Emeril's space at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel,.

This is the second Lure Fishbar to open, with the New York flagship receiving praise for its innovative takes on classic seafood dishes, including a spot on Forbes' 2010 All-Star Eateries list and kudos for the restaurant's burger at the New York City Wine & Food Festival's Burger Bash.

The restaurant is a partnership among Lure's Josh Pickard, John McDonald, and chef/partner Josh Capon and hotelier Jonathan Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels. Capon will be executive chef of the Miami Lure when it opens.

Short Order spoke with Capon about his plans for Lure's new South Beach home.

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Box Park To Host Vegan Dinner Benefiting Love & Vegetables

Get your quinoa on.
At Box Park, chef Matt Hinckley cooks exotic proteins like alligator, wild boar, and Asian snakehead fish.

But on October 28, the chef will offer a different style of cookery. Hinckley will co-host a vegan dinner with Love & Vegetables' Keith Kalmanowicz and Avril Johnnidis. Proceeds of the event will benefit Love & Vegetables' mission of providing healthy, pay-what-you-can meals to the community.

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The District Miami, Coming in October to the Design District

The District Miami
A restaurant opening in Miami is about as commonplace as a bad driver. The District Miami, whose website is "cooking soon," is merging local history with pan-American flavors for a taste of the Americas in the Magic City.

It is the brainchild of managing partner Alexander Ringleb (Casa Tua and DeVito's). His culinary resumé goes beyond the local horizon and extends to the Balthazar and Pastis in New York and Wolfgang's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills.

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