5 Napkin Grill Closed After Kitchen Fire

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Is 5 Napkin Grill closed?
5 Napkin Grill and 5 Napkin Express, the grab-and-go component of the restaurant, are both closed.

The restaurant, which has three locations in New York City and one in Boston, opened on Lincoln Road in South Beach in 2011 and proved to be a welcome addition to what was then a pedestrian mall filled with unique shops, caf├ęs, and restaurants.

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January 2015 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

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The Vagabond Restaurant opened in January 2015.
The first month of 2015 brought a host of openings to the Miami dining scene.

The most hotly anticipated openings included the Vagabond Restaurant -- where executive chef Alex Chang cooks an international menu that ranges from roasted nuts and chapulines to well-seasoned Iberico skirt steak -- and the locavore-friendly Whole Foods Market in downtown Miami, where shoppers can purchase anything from Jugofresh cold-pressed juices and Zak the Baker bread to healthful versions of Versailles Restaurant classics.

Miami's craft beer scene also got a shot in the arm with the opening of MIA Brewing Company and J. Wakefield Brewing Company.

There were a few closings in January, a sign that establishments aren't all faring well this season. Coconut Grove's Gardner's Market closed, as did La Gazzetta in Brickell. Wynwood's Shikany abruptly shuttered too, although a recording states the restaurant will reopen in February.

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Coconut Grove's Gardner's Market Closes, Owners File for Bankruptcy

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Gardner's Market, a neighborhood fixture in Coconut Grove, is closed.

The specialty grocer, known for made-to-order sandwiches, prepared foods, and baked goods, is shuttered, and a court document shows the owner, De Paso LLC, filed for bankruptcy January 27.

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Pubbelly Launches La Lechonera Pop-Up

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Pubbelly chef Jose Mendin visits his roots.
The Pubbelly Boys strike again, this time celebrating chef Jose Mendin's Puerto Rican roots at La Lechonera, a lunchtime pop-up at Pubbelly.

Each day from noon to 3 p.m., the pork-centric South Beach restaurant turns into a traditional chinchorro, which is basically a place to get some good booze and bites. It's the Puerto Rican version of a good ol' American dive.

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December 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Scott Conant's Corsair is open.
Welcome to 2015. A new year is bringing several new restaurants, many of them helmed by celebrity chefs.

We're especially looking forward to Tom Colicchio's Beachcraft, Sandbox, and Tom on Collins, all at the 1 Hotel and Homes in South Beach. STK Miami is also poised to open at the same property.

The world's largest Nobu is another hotly anticipated restaurant, along with PB Station from the Pubbelly Boys, Naked Lunch by chef Ralph Pagano, Jamie DeRosa's Izzy's Fish & Oyster, and the Vagabond Restaurant.

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Lucky Strike Closes on South Beach; No Trader Joe's in Sight

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Lucky Strike strikes out.
Lucky Strike, the bowling-with-cocktails venue just off Lincoln Road, has closed.

Even though the lease doesn't end until the beginning of 2015, Lucky Strike chose to cancel a planned New Year's Eve party. Yesterday was its last official day.

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South Beach Italian Institution Escopazzo Closes

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It's the end of days for Escopazzo.
The longstanding South Beach Italian haven Escopazzo is no more.

The closure of Giancarla Bodoni's two-decade old restaurant, first reported late last week on Miami.com, comes as the island remains awash in Italian spots, some better than others. In its absence beachgoers are left with choices like Scarpetta, Macaluso's, Macchialino, Sylvano's just off Collins Avenue, and the recently opened Via Emilia on 15th Street.

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November 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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27 Restaurant & Bar is now open.
November openings heated up Miami's restaurant scene. In anticipation of Art Basel, establishments clamored to get permits in order and train staff for the rush that comes with the mega week of art and culture.

Notable openings include Seagrape, Crown Room, and 1930's House, all at the Thompson Miami Beach Hotel. The restaurants finally bring chef Michelle Bernstein's talents to Miami Beach. Master mixologist Julio Cabrera also collaborated on the impressive cocktail menus.

Speaking of cocktails, Bar Lab's Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi opened 27 Restaurant & Bar, a charming restaurant in a restored vintage Miami Beach bome, adjacent to their popular Broken Shaker bar.

Not many closings to report except for the short-lived Benchwarmers in midtown and the unexpected and imminent departure of Nemesis Urban Bistro, which is scheduled to close in December.

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Nemesis Urban Bistro to Close in December

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Nemesis' kangaroo tartare.
Micah Edelstein's funky, soulful downtown restaurant that's become a cult favorite with one-off bites like alligator ribs will close next month.

The shuttering, announced on Nemesis Urban Bistro's Facebook page, comes as Edelstein looks to move on to a new project.

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Benchwarmers Closed, but Fries May Live On at Wood Tavern

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Benchwarmers' fries live on.
Benchwarmers and Bizerq, the two midtown concepts by Wood Tavern's Cesar Morales, have closed after just a few months in business.

Morales, who issued a statement about the closing on Benchwarmers' Facebook page, tells Short Order that although the restaurant/sports bar was doing well, it closed due to a few factors, including high rent. Benchwarmers was also tied into nightclub Bizerq in the lease, and Morales had to walk away from both, according to the contract. "Benchwarmers wasn't really the problem. If I could have kept Benchwarmers, I would have. Unfortunately, both were on the same lease."

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