May 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Photo by Laine Doss
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.

See also: Top Ten Influential Figures in Miami Dining

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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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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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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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