David's Cafe Closing Sunday After Nearly Four Decades

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David's Café is closing.
After 37 years of serving cafecitos on South Beach, David's Café is closing.

The restaurant that provided sustenance on a 24-hour basis to everyone in Miami Beach -- from ragged hospitality workers needing a strong cup of energy on a graveyard shift to club kids not wanting to end the night to tourists getting their first sip of Miami's famous strong, black coladas -- is shutting its doors Sunday, April 20, at 8 p.m.

See also: David's Cafe II Closes Monday With Free Cafecitos and Pastelitos

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Has Mercadito Midtown Closed? UPDATED

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Laine Doss
We'll miss the margaritas.
Mercadito Midtown, the taco restaurant that served custom margaritas, has closed. Locations in Chicago and New York remain open.

The website, which still boasts taco Tuesday and happy-hour specials, also succinctly states:

We are temporarily closed, we apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you.

See also: Mercadito's Custom Margaritas: Are You Fruity or Spicy? (We're a Little of Both)


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February 2014 Openings and Closings

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Courtesy of 1826
1826 opens in Miami Beach.

February was a huge month for the Miami food scene. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival brought a slew of celebrity chefs -- all wanting to be enchanted by our city's restaurants and bars. And if the likes of Geoffrey Zakarian, Martha Stewart, and Rachael Ray were feeling peckish, they had a host of new restaurants to try. More than a dozen establishments opened their doors in this short month, bringing everything from luxury macarons to seafood to our fair city. The most intriguing openings: 1826 Restaurant & Lounge, which is generating buzz for Danny Grant's lobster dumplings and lamb tartare, and Prime Fish, where Michael Sabin concentrates on the fruits of the sea.

Restaurant closings include the much-loved Chef Ho, Jean Paul's House, and the insanely expensive Tosca. Coconut Grove was hit hard with the closing of Acropolis and Johnny Rockets.

Openings
1826 Restaurant & Lounge
5 Napkin Express (a grab-and-go behind 5 Napkin Grill)
The Bent Fork (A Monday evening pop-up by Simon Stojanovic at The Federal)
Buns & Buns
The Counter
Laduree
MO Bar and Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Prime Fish
Naked Taco at the Dream South Beach
Nothing but the Best
Pinkberry (Alton Road)
Smart Bites Cafe
Spris (midtown and downtown)
Traymore Restaurant at the Metropolitan by COMO Hotel
Yard House (South Beach)

Closings
Acropolis
Chef Ho
Jean Paul's House
Johnny Rockets
Tosca


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Chef Ho Closes in Sunny Isles: Good-bye Dim Sum

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All photos by Laine Doss
Chef Philip Ho has left the building.
The neon sign is still lit as dusk approaches, but a gander inside the Sunny Isles restaurant makes it very clear that Chef Ho is closed.

Tables at the restaurant, which had a loyal following, are still set, but a lobster tank is dry and the bar is deserted. A sign on the door reads, "seafood restaurant coming soon" and the lights are out.

A person at a neighboring business confirmed that Chef Ho quietly closed a few weeks ago.

See also: Best of Miami 2012 - Best Dim Sum -- Chef Philip Ho

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January 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Van Dyke Cafe, beloved Lincoln Road institution, closed in January.
The first month of the new year included the opening of many anticipated restaurants including Cavalli Restaurant and Lounge, the chic Italian bistro by famed designer Roberto Cavalli, and Batch Gastropub, which features upscale takes on pub grub, like chili-glazed chicken wings with blue cheese espuma. Other openings include new locations for both Jugofresh and Havana 1975, and a brick-and-mortar home for food truck Latin Burger & Taco.

On a sad note, Van Dyke Cafe, a beloved brunch institution on Lincoln Road that also featured live music at its upstairs lounge, closed on January 26. The news isn't all bad, though. Graspa Group, the owners of Van Dyke, are working with the current owners of the Van Dyke building to find a smaller space in which to open a smaller version of the restaurant.

See also: Van Dyke Cafe to Close January 26

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Van Dyke Cafe to Close January 26

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Van Dyke Vafe via Facebook
Goodbye, old friend.
This is it. The end of an era.

Van Dyke Cafe will officially close on Sunday, January 26.

The restaurant, which opened in the historic Van Dyke Building in the center of Lincoln Road in 1994, served as an oasis for locals and tourists alike to sit al fresco and enjoy a mimosa, a chat with friends, and a meal. It is also the only place left on Lincoln Road with live nightly music.

See also: Van Dyke Cafe to Close

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December 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Laine Doss
Roast pork at Blackbrick.
Goodbye 2013, hello 2014. If you're reading this, you've made it through yet another New Year's eve and are probably enjoying a nice cleansing juice after a five mile run (let's see how long this healthy resolution will last).

In this past year, we've said hello to some great new restaurants like Tongue & Cheek, Swine Southern Table & Bar, and Cypress Room.

And, we'll miss some eateries like Box Park and Bond St. Lounge. But, enough looking back, because we've got some good eating to look forward to in the new year.

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Van Dyke Cafe to Close

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Van Dyke Cafe via Facebook
Van Dyke Café is closing. Coming soon: some crappy store.
It's the loveliest and most photographed café on Lincoln Road and probably the place associated most with the iconic pedestrian mall in South Beach. Visitors from all over the world recognize the red awnings and ivy-covered walls from pictures and paintings. And locals flock to it for Sunday brunch or live jazz.

It's the Van Dyke Café. And it's closing its doors, probably by the end of January.

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Sushi Deli and Japanese Market May Close Soon

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Jacob Katel
Platter at Sushi Deli/Japanese Market.
Not all Miamians are in on the secret that is Sushi Deli at Japanese Market in North Bay Village, but those who do know about this hidden gem are loyal customers.

Some say that Japanese Market makes the best sushi in town. Insiders also know it's best to order off the menu. "Just ask the chef what he recommends," says longtime customer Kari Steinberg. "Or ask the chef to make you something special," she adds, a knowing smile teasing her lips.

What these insiders may not know, is that Japanese Market will be shutting its doors sometime in the future. Its departure is inevitable. What isn't sure yet, is when.

See also: Miami's Top Ten Hidden Gems

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November 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Laine Doss
Lorenzo opened in South Beach in November.
Even as 2013 winds down, Miami heats up with Art Basel taking over both the beach and the mainland as thousands of people swarm to our city for parties, food, and drinks -- all in the name of art.

With that, many restaurants are planning pop-ups, while others plan to open their doors this week.

As far as openings in November, the most anticipated were Lorenzo, chef Tony Mantuano's Italian bistro at the Redbury South Beach; and Lure Fishbar, the New York seafood palace at the Loews Miami Beach that's set for a grand opening tonight.

See also: Lester's in Wynwood is Closing

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