Michy's Closes Saturday: Last Chance for a Last Meal

Jacob Katel
Last call for dinner at Michy's.
Michelle Bernstein's Michy's will serve its last dinner this Saturday, June 28.

That sounds sadder than it seems, as the chef is revamping the space and menu, with the goal of reopening later this summer.

Bernstein made the announcement in in May, saying, "It's time for us to change the look and feel of the restaurant and provide our guests with a fresh, new concept. We embrace new projects and feel the Michy's space and our restaurant team deserve something new and exciting." Yet, the Michy's Facebook page is using hashtag #newmichys. Hopefully, the celebrity chef is simply sprucing up the place.

Although this marks a new beginning rather than an ending for the restaurant that opened on Miami's Upper Eastside in 2006, we felt a touch of nostalgia and set out to have one last meal there.

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Umami Burger: Another Business Closes Due to Alton Road Construction

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Construction has forced Umami Burger to close.
The South Beach outpost of L.A.'s Umami Burger closed over the weekend. A restaurant spokeswoman cited that dusty Alton Road construction made it impossible to continue operating.

"We are thankful for our Umami fans in Miami, and we look forward to announcing a new location soon," Umami's Veronica Rathbourn wrote in an email.

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My Ceviche Owners Acquire Latin Burger & Taco Restaurant

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Latin Burger & Taco in Coral Gables.
My Ceviche has acquired Latin Burger & Taco restaurants.

My Ceviche's Sam Gorenstein and Roger Duarte finalized a deal Monday with Latin Burger & Taco's Jim Heins to purchase the Latin Burger restaurant in Coral Gables. The purchase, for an undisclosed amount, does not at this time affect the pink-and-black food trucks, which will remain under original ownership.

Latin Burger & Taco started as one of the first food trucks in Miami when he rumbled onto the scene in November 2009. It soon became a sensation, with long lines of fans waiting for the truck's signature burgers and tacos. The franchise quickly expanded with the addition of a second truck in 2011 and a brick-and-mortar restaurant opening in late 2013.

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Choices Cafe Brickell Closing Due to Developers

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Choices Cafe, Miami's landmark vegan eatery, is closing the doors to its Brickell location. The popular spot is being forced to vacate because (surprise!) a developer has bought up the property.

To announce the closure, the Choices team created a short, moving video about their move and their mission.

See also: Choices Vegan Kitchen Now Open Near the Airport

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Estefans Close Bongos at AmericanAirlines Arena, Focus on New Restaurant Downtown

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Bongos Cuban Café on Biscayne to close.
Bongos Cuban Cafe in downtown Miami, owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, is closing after 15 years of business at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

The lease will come to term at the end of June, at which point the Estefans will focus on developing their property in downtown Miami, Miami.com reports. Although the restaurant will no longer be open, the Bongos brand will remain involved with the arena through its concession.

"We have really enjoyed our association with Bongos and the Estefans. They have been great tenants, and we wish them the very best in their future endeavors," said Eric Woolworth, president of the Heat Group Business Operations. "They will continue to be part of the Heat family by staying involved at the arena through the Bongos carts on the concourses and the Miami Heat Rhythm Section."

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Is Porcao Farm to Grill Closed for Good?

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Porçao: Is it closed?
Is Porçao Farm to Grill closed?

Miami.com is reporting the restaurant has closed after opening just about two months ago, stating that "a walk-by during prime dinner time Saturday night revealed a dark, empty, shuttered restaurant."

The answer, however, is not so cut-and-dried.

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May 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Uncle Tom's is back in business.
The restaurant scene, much like the weather, warmed up in Miami with several interesting additions to the community and two welcome reopenings.

Even in Miami, it's rare for a celebrity to announce a restaurant's opening, but that's just what happened this month. NFL legend (and restaurant partner) Dan Marino helped open the South Beach location of Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza; Gloria and Emilio Estefan hosted a fete to celebrate the reopening of their Larios on the Beach; and none other than Sean "Diddy" Combs posted an announcement on Instagram about Finga Licking @Royal Castle.

Also notable is the return of Uncle Tom's Barbecue, which soft-opened this week for dinner only, and the opening of Zak the Baker's Wynwood bakery and café.

There were two closings, both of which were restaurants in nontraditional settings. Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog's Subatomic Sandwiches at the Wolfsonian-FIU closed, possibly because of construction at the museum, and Prelude by Barton G. closed at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The restaurant was open only on performance days.

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Michy's to Close, Will Reopen as New Concept

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Michelle Bernstein: New concept to replace Michy's.
Michy's, Michelle Bernstein's flagship Miami restaurant, is closing.

The restaurant, which opened in 2006, is closing Saturday, June 28, after eight years on Miami's Upper Eastside.

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April 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Shikany brings multi-course degustation menus to Wynwood.
April showers not only bring May flowers -- they bring a host of new restaurants to Miami. This month's highlights were AQ by Acqualina, where chef Dewey LoSasso is making his new restaurant in the five-diamond resort local-friendly and Shikany, the long-awaited restaurant that offers degustation menus of upwards of a dozen courses.

See also: Shikany Opens on Saturday: Bacon Powder and Multi-Course Degustation Menu

South Beach was hit hard by the closing of two long-time residents. David's Cafe shuttered its doors after nearly four decades of serving coladas to locals and tourists alike, and TiramesU closed its Lincoln Road spot -- but is planning to relocate back to SoFi in the Fall.

See also: David's Cafe Closing Sunday After Nearly Four Decades

We've also got lots to look forward to, with the announcement of Mignonette, an oyster bar by Danny Serfer and Ryan Roman; and the reopening of Uncle Tom's Barbecue, complete with a strong nod to its iconic past.

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TiramesU Closing on Lincoln Road After 17 Years, Moving to SoFi

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TiramesU is moving to SoFi.
After 17 years of serving al dente pasta alfresco, Lincoln Road staple TiramesU is closing its doors this Sunday, April 27.

Fans of the restaurant need not be despondent, however, because the family-style pasta place plans to reopen at 101 Washington Ave., reclaiming the SoFi neighborhood where it originally opened a quarter-century ago before moving to its Lincoln Road location in 1997.

See also: Van Dyke Café to Close January 26

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