September 2014 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Morimoto cuts a 120 ft. long sushi roll instead of a ribbon to open his new restaurant.
September 2014 in Miami will be remembered for two things -- endless days of torrential rain and the opening of Iron Chef Morimoto's restaurant at the Shelborne Wyndham South Beach. Of course, the "official" opening isn't until today, but if you've been on social media, you've seen practically everyone in Miami snapping pics of the celebrity chef pouring sake or making a 120 foot long sushi roll. If you think Morimoto is theatrical, check out The Drawing Room, which also shares real estate at the Shelborne Wyndham South Beach, where mixologist Albert Trummer mixes potions and elixirs specially designed to cure what ails you.

As far as closings go, there's not much to report. Lippi, the opulent Brickell restaurant co-owned by Tunu Puri, has closed. In its place will be Tamarina, a more streamlined, moderately priced restaurant (also co-owned by Tunu Puri, along with wife Yona).

Cavalli Lounge has temporarily closed for renovation, although the ground floor restaurant remains open for dinner. The lounge, which is scheduled to reopen October 20 or 24, will get an upgraded, "fresh new look" that would also make "the option to dine upstairs more appealing".

See also: Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge: Animal Prints, Italian Fare, and Pink Drinks

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Route 9 Restaurant in Coral Gables Sold

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The Goldbergs are moving on from Route 9.
Route 9 restaurant in Coral Gables has been sold, according to the restaurant's Twitter account.

Earlier today, the couple posted the following:

See also: Best Restaurant Coral Gables - Route 9

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Miami's Best Pizza Closing After 44 Years: "It's Total Devastation"

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A sight that will be no more come November.
A couple of days ago, reported the sad news that Miami's Best Pizza would close its doors after 44 years in business. Located on South Dixie Highway just north of Sunset Place, the pizzeria is a Miami landmark.

Best known for its laid-back vibe, cheerful owners, and hand-tossed pizza, Miami's Best is uncertain whether it will re-open elsewhere. "Both owners love to work here. It's their life, and whatever decision they make is going to be best for them and the pizza shop," says Nick Butler, one of the managers at Miami's Best and son of co-owner Charles Butler.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Pizzas

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Tamarina to Replace Lippi in Brickell

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Yona and Tunu Puri to open Tamarina.
The husband-and-wife team of Yona and Tunu Puri are opening Tamarina, a new restaurant-bar concept at 600 Brickell Ave., in the former Lippi space.

See also: Ten Best Brickell Restaurants

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August 2014 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

Laine Doss
Mignonette opened in August. Take a friend. Don't be shellfish.
August may be traditionally a slow month for Miami's restaurant industry, but you could hardly tell from the extensive list of openings.

Notable openings include Mignonette, the intimate oyster bar by chef Danny Serfer (Blue Collar) and blogger Ryan Roman; and Cantina la Veinte, the first foray into the U.S. market for Mexico's Cinbersol Group.

Restaurant closings confounded us this month. Two places serving impeccable food by well established restaurateurs closed: Pubbelly Group's PB Steak (with the promise to move to the mainland); and Lorenzo, Tony Mantuano's Italian bistro. Even more baffling was the closing of Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse, a Brickell restaurant that opened in July, then mysteriously shuttered about a month later.

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Design District's Egg & Dart Is Closed

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Egg & Dart has closed.
The Design District restaurant Egg & Dart has closed.

Outside the restaurant recently, there was no activity during what would be an early dinner service. A blue handwritten sign proclaimed the restaurant "closed," and a rose bush, still chained to the building with a bicycle lock, was wilted and unwatered.

A local chef in the neighborhood confirmed the restaurant had, indeed, closed several weeks ago, very much under the radar. That's a shock in itself considering the city's increasing interest in the dining scene.

See also: Egg & Dart: Sleek Greek in the Design District

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Is Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse Closed?

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This little piggy has no place to call home.
Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse, the sausage and brewski restaurant that opened in Brickell just about a month ago, has closed.

See also: Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse Holds a Sausage Fest

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July 2014 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

Courtesy of Finka Table & Tap
Finka's Eileen Andrade deconstructs a Cuban sandwich.
July was a surprisingly strong month for openings, with well over a dozen new spots for Miamians to try smack dab in the middle of what used to be "off season." Notable restaurants include Finka Table & Tap, a gastropub by the owners of CubanCube food truck; Centolire, the New York Italian trattoria; Bistro BE, a Belgian restaurant that shows Miami there's more than just mussels and beer (like there's anything wrong with that), and N by NAOE, Kevin Cory's intimate lunch/dinner space.

Fireman Derek also opened his first brick and mortar pie shop (good for the soul, bad for the diet), and Shuckers Waterfront Grill reopened after a tragic accident closed the popular restaurant/bar last year.

The restaurants that closed this month hit especially hard. Choices Cafe in Brickell went out with a party, Jerry's Deli closed after over 12 years of catering to our 3 a.m. pastrami cravings, and Jumbo's closed after decades of making history in Liberty City.

But, even as we say goodbye to old favorites, we look forward to the new. We're especially looking froward to Ms. Cheezious finally opening up their restaurant on 74th Street and Biscayne Blvd. in the fall, along with Siena Tavern, Fabio Viviani's Chicago restaurant, which is set to open in a few months. And Little Havana will get new life when Ball & Chain brings classic cocktails to Calle Ocho.

See also: Liberty City Icon Jumbo's, the Temple of Fried Shrimp, Set to Close After Sale

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PB Steak to Close in Miami Beach, Plans to Move "Over the Bridge"

PB Steak is moving "across the bridge."
It looks like the Pubbelly boys are planning a strategic chess move with one of their concepts.

Pubbelly Restaurant Group founders Jose Mendin, Andreas Schreiner, and Sergio Navarro announced they are moving their beefy concept, PB Steak, from its Sunset Harbour location to the mainland.

See also: PB Steak in SoBe: The Pubbelly Trio Strikes Again

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Liberty City Icon Jumbo's, the Temple of Fried Shrimp, Set to Close After Sale

Courtesy of Adrianne D'Angelo
Jumbo's days, sadly, are numbered.
After leading Miami's desegregation in the '60s, surviving the race riots of the '80s, and persevering despite a pickup truck slamming through its front and killing two customers in 2012, the legendary Liberty City soul food spot Jumbo's will close its doors Wednesday.

Bobby Flam, who took over the restaurant from his father, Isadore, in 1966, has sold the 24-hour fried chicken, shrimp, and conch joint to a developer who plans to build affordable housing on the corner of NW Seventh Avenue and NW 75th Street.

See also: Choices Cafe Brickell Closing Its Doors With Farewell Bash

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