Novecento Founder Hector Rolotti Missing in India

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Novecento cofounder Hector Rolotti is missing in India.
Hector Rolotti, cofounder of the popular Novecento restaurant chain, has gone missing in India.

In a heroic act that appears to have turned tragic, Rolotti was swept away by the strong currents of the Ganges River after jumping in to save a person who was struggling to stay afloat. Not much is known about the person Rolotti tried to rescue. The Miami Herald reports it was a man, and NBC 6 states a woman fell into the river.

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I Know the Chef Mobile App Launches in Miami, We Know the Founder

Carina Ost
The man and his app.
Miami is a city with people who want to feel like ballers. For food enthusiasts, it is the magic four little words, "I know the chef" that unlocks the key for hard to get reservations and perhaps some sweet (or drinkable) perks.

To satisfy this desire for VIP access, and that "special feeling," the reservation and rewards app I Know the Chef was born a little over a year ago in New York City. Founder Joshua Stern was in Miami for a launch party on Tuesday night and we met up with him the next day for a media lunch at the Edge Steak & Bar to learn more about how the app came to be and why he chose Miami as the second city for the rollout.

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Vegan Professional Wrestler Austin Aries Appearing at Choices Café This Saturday

Courtesy of Austin Aries
Meat and muscles have long been considered a dynamic duo. The puns alone speak volumes: meatheads and beefcakes anyone?

But the world is changing, and no longer is meat considered the wondrous protein source of yesteryear. Thanks to flicks like Forks Over Knives, people of all kinds are getting on board with plant-based protein -- musclebound dudes included.

A poster child for the meatless revolution is pro wrestler and vegan advocate Austin Aries. A star of Spike TV's Thursday night TNA Impact Wrestling, Aries also hits the road to speak about the benefits of a plant-based diet.

Austin is making his way to Miami this weekend for a "Meet and Eat" at Choices Vegan Café, so we spoke to the strapping lad on ditching meat, his daily diet and herbivore-haters. Check out the QA after the jump.

See also: Choices Café on the Upper Eastside: Try the Vegan Collard Wrap

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Aventura Chili's Installing Computer Kiosks to Take Your Order

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Have you ever been to a restaurant and wished the ordering process were more futuristic? Soon you'll be able to order right from your table at a local Chili's.

The Ziosk tabletop ordering system has been installed at Chili's locations in Hollywood and Homestead, along with 248 other locations across the United States as a pilot test. It will be available at a Chili's in Aventura within the next two months.

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Florida Man Proposes to Girlfriend at Whole Foods Coral Gables

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Courtesy of Whole Foods Coral Gables
Lots of things happen in the checkout at Whole Foods. Wallets are emptied. Meat-eaters become vegans. And sometimes, romances blossom.

That's what happened to Vladimir Romannikov and Monica Dehombre. Call it a Kombucha meetcute.

Yesterday, in the same aisle where the organically-inclined duo met at Whole Foods Coral Gables, he proposed -- complete with rose petals, a loudspeaker, and lots of teary eyes.

Spoiler: she said yes.

See also: Whole Foods' Austin Flagship Is Amazing (Photos)

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Armed Robbery at The District Miami May Be Tied to Ni.Do. Caffe Incident

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Carla Torres
The District Miami was robbed last month.
The Miami Police Department is saying the armed robbery that occurred over the weekend at Ni.Do. Caffe might be linked to a similar incident that happened at the District Miami a few weeks ago.

According to police, on November 19 around midnight, two men wearing hooded sweatshirts and balaclavas accosted the District's manager as he walked through the restaurant's back door, and rushed the premises. One robber pulled out a revolver and made all the employees lie face down as both suspects checked the employees' pockets for money.

See also: Miami Heat Player Roger Mason Jr. Robbed at Ni.Do. Caffe

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Abraxas Lounge to Close on New Year's Eve

Abraxas Lounge
It's closing time for Abraxas Lounge in South Beach and this time, it's for good. The lounge will close on New Year's Eve.

Abraxas' property owners have sold the build and the new proprietors plan to build a boutique hotel at that location. Not much is known about the developers except that they are from Turkey and operate a company by the name of 727 4th Street LLC, according to Abraxas owner Diego Escobar, adding that construction is likely to begin in early Spring.

See also: Abraxas's Diego Escobar Names Top Five Summer Beers

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Miami Heat Player Roger Mason Jr. Robbed at Ni.Do. Caffe

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Lesley Elliott
Ni.Do. Caffe was the scene of an armed robbery.
Roger Mason Jr. was robbed of his Rolex watch at gunpoint at Ni.Do. Caffe in Miami this past Sunday evening while the Miami Heat guard was dining with his sister after his team's earlier victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

According to the Miami Police Department, four armed men entered the eatery, "pointing pistols at patrons ordering everyone to the ground."

While one robber walked outside to serve as a lookout, another man removed a "two-toned Rolex watch with diamonds" from an unnamed patron, presumably Mason, while another man demanded to be shown the restaurant's safe. When he was told there was only the cash register, the robber took the $800 from the register before fleeing. The restaurant's owner then "followed the offender out the back of his restaurant" and was shot at one time before the suspect ran toward a black Cadillac Escalade that served as the getaway car. No one was hurt during the robbery.

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B2 Miami Downtown Hotel On Biscayne Boulevard Launches Yesterday To Packed House

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B2 Hotels
Last night, just across the street from the Miami Heat's home court, guests were treated to dine and drink at the B2 Miami Downtown Hotel's grand opening party.

The hotel, geared towards both business and leisure travelers, boasts a modern décor free of frills but high on style. Don't expect fluffy robes and a stocked mini bar, but do expect decent rates, contemporary design, views, and comfort.

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Checkers Robber Hides in Freezer Before Cops Arrive

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A man gets a chilly reception when he tries to break into a Miami Checkers.
Yesterday morning, a would-be thief tried to rob a Miami area Checkers. Instead, he received a "chilly" reception from employees...and police.

According to Miami police, at around 6 a.m. on November 4, employees were preparing to open the restaurant, located at 450 NW 42nd Ave. for business, when they heard a window shattering. They then found Anthony Michael Demore demanding money from the broken window opening.

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