Lester's in Wynwood Is Closing Tomorrow UPDATED

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Jess Swanson
Since its opening in 2010, Lester's in Wynwood has been a big part of Miami's literary scene.

But tomorrow at midnight, it will shutter its doors.

See also: Lester's New Menu Stars Orange-Infused Java and Housemade Baba Ghanoush

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Box Park Announces Closing

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Courtesy of Box Park
Box Park will close on Sunday.
Box Park, the Brickell restaurant serving adventurous dishes, is closing its doors as of Sunday, November 10.

An anonymous source tells Short Order the reason behind the abrupt shuttering is a disagreement between partners. Apparently, staff was given a week's notice regarding this turn of events.

Box Park opened this past July as the second in a trilogy of venues. The Hoxton, its sister location, closed in October. The future of Harvey Wolf, the third spot scheduled to open, is as yet, unknown.

See also: Box Park Opens: Citrus-Cured Triggerfish and Brickell Pickles


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October 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Laine Doss
Wynwood Brewing opened in October.
Here we go... The official end of hurricane season, the start of cooler weather, and an influx of restaurants opening in Miami.

With tourist season and Art Basel coming down the pipeline sooner than we realize, restaurants are clamoring to finish that paint job, install those burners, and open the doors to a waiting public.

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Brickell Irish Pub to Close, Havana 1957 to Open in its Place

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After four years of flip nights, red headed sluts (the shot, duh), and U2 cover bands -- Brickell Irish Pub is closing its doors.

This massive bar/eatery is going out in a blaze of glory with a "Last Call Closing Party" this Saturday night.

See also: The Hoxton in Brickell Has Closed

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Gordon Biersch to Close Brickell Location

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Gordon Biersch
After over a deacade, Gordon Biersch is closing.
Rumors were circulating that Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant might close its sole Miami location all through the summer, but until now they were shot down by the brewpub chain's spokespeople. When we didn't spot the restaurant at this past weekend's Grovetoberfest, that should have been a dead giveaway.

Yesterday, however, the news was confirmed. Gordon Biersch will close its Brickell location on November 1, 2013.

See also: Conjunto Beer: Miami Brewers Team Up For Ultimate Collaboration

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The Hoxton in Brickell Has Closed

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Laine Doss
The Hoxton has closed.
The Hoxton Miami has closed.

Just this year, the lounge was recognized for having the best cocktails in Miami New Times' Best Of issue, but well crafted drinks and a lively atmosphere apparently couldn't keep the two-level lounge/club alive.

See also: Best Cocktails - The Hoxton

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September 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Courtesy Lippi
Seasonal baby vegetable salad at Lippi.
September marks the beginning of the busy fall season. All over Miami, life renews as shops, restaurants, and hotels spiffy up for the winter season. Retooled menus, chef changes, and reworked decor are all par for the course -- as are the openings of a plethora of new and interesting restaurants.

The most notable restaurant opening in September is Lippi, the much-anticipated restaurant by Zuma partner Tunu Puri. Two-time James Beard nominee Philippe Ruiz heads up the kitchen and Daniel Toral is head sommelier at this upscale Mediterranean restaurant.

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Uncle Tom's Barbecue Closed: Building Deemed Unsafe

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Laine Doss
Uncle Tom's: Iconic restaurant closed for renovation.
It's one of the very last vestiges of Old Florida. The Uncle Tom's Barbecue sign has shown hungry travelers on the Tamiami Trail the way to smoked meat since it opened around 1948 with a name that probably wasn't so ironic back in the day.

The walls of the restaurant were plastered with photos of beauty queens and movie stars such as Rita Hayworth, along with photos of more recent Latin heartthrobs. The log cabin-themed restaurant saw many changes in the neighborhood and ownership, with the current owners adding both Latin and generic dishes, such as lechon with rice and beans and mozzarella sticks, to the menu.

A recent visit to the restaurant was underwhelming. The wine was presented in an unopened plastic bottle, the chicken was a little dry, and the vegetables were overcooked. Still, the restaurant was a time warp and a place to visit every once in a while if only for the nostalgia.

See also: Best Barbecue 2007: Uncle Tom's Barbecue

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August 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Laine Doss
Patpong Road: Bangkok comes to SoBe.
Though August is probably the most uncomfortable and lethargic of all times in our fair city, we manage to survive, bolstered by frequent trips to the beach and fortified by Miami Spice meals. Though few restaurants opened and closed, they were memorable.

Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop, which was closed due to an electrical fire, reopened to the joy of many, and Patpong Road, 50 Eggs' vision of what a Thai red-light district would be if teleported to Lincoln Road, made its debut.

See also: Enriqueta's Reopens Today With Same Owners

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Tavern in the Grove Closes for Renovation

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All photos by Laine Doss
Tavern in the Grove is closing for renovation.
Tavern in the Grove was a dive bar in every sense of the word.

It was neither retro-cool like Club Deuce, nor frat-boy cool like Ted's Hideaway. On the contrary, Tavern in the Grove was more authentic than that.

It was the kind of bar that would have felt at home behind New York City's Port Authority bus terminal on Ninth Avenue, where the taverns are filled with graveyard-shift employees having a beer in the morning while the rest of the world is sitting in a cubicle. Those same bars fill up at 5 p.m. with office staff wanting an after-work brew.

Tavern in the Grove was the most democratic of places -- where both young college students and old drunks could get together over a few cheap beers served in plastic cups.

See also: Best Dive Bar 2013 - Tavern in the Grove

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