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.

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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.

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July 2014 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

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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"

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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.

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

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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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Choices Cafe Brickell Closing Its Doors With Farewell Bash

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Last month's announcement that Choices Cafe's Brickell location is closing has left plant eaters across South Florida crying into their quinoa. But it's not all sad-face emojis. The vegan eatery is planning a celebratory sendoff.

Fans and friends will gather Saturday, July 26, to say so long to three years of tasty eats and compassionate choices. Food, fun, and fond nostalgia are in order.

See also: Choices Cafe Brickell Closing Due to Developers

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Jerry's Deli Closes: Goodbye Mile-High Pastrami Sandwiches

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Jerry's Famous Deli has closed.
After more than a dozen years serving pastrami to South Beach night owls, tourists, and locals alike, Jerry's Famous Deli has closed. The restaurant shuttered its doors last weekend.

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June 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Kris Wessel's Oolite opened in June.
Talk about one hot month. As spring turned into one wet summer, Miami restaurants decided to open like flowers in a garden!

Most anticipated were the openings of L'Echon Brasserie, featuring French fare by the Pubbelly boys and Oolite, Kris Wessel's new restaurant just off Lincoln Road.

June also saw many closings, including two by some of Miami's most beloved residents. Gloria and Emilio closed Bongos Cuban Cafe with plans to focus on their new upscale restaurant, Estefan Kitchen, which is set to open in downtown Miami; and Michelle Bernstein closed Michy's with plans on reopening in the same space at the end of the summer with a new concept.

See also: Choices Cafe Brickell Closing Due to Developers

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

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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.

See also: Michy's to Close, Will Reopen as New Concept

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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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