Cantina La Veinte: High-End Mexican Restaurant Opens Next Monday in Brickell

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Seems like Miami is hungry for high-end Mexican food. At least that's what the folks behind Cantina La Veinte think. Part of Cinbersol Group, which has opened over 30 concepts in Mexico, this is Cantina La Veinte's first U.S. location (the other three are all in Mexico City).

Like the restaurant, the menu is grand. There's stuffed chiles, salads, earthy appetizers, ceviche, colossal soup bowls, and other seafood. There's also plenty of Mexican objets d'art for purchase.

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Bonefish Grill Unveils New Menu with Mario Lopez, Real Housewives, and Spicy Tuna Bowls

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Smile, meet dimples.
The countdown is on. Though Florida's own, Bonefish Grill, will debut their new menu on July 29, this past Saturday, Short Order was invited on a boat with a bunch of Bravo-leberites and Mario Lopez to taste test new menu items.

The new menu has a handful of new items sprinkled into every section, with introduction of some brand new categories including bowls, deluxe sides, and dessert flatbread. Some highlights were the Wild Orchid Hawaiian and the Fresh Pineapple Martini, the Spicy Tuna Bowl, Porcini Mushroom Ravioli and the S'mores Flatbread.

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Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse Opens in Brickell

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Prost: The best of the wurst.
Brickell is turning into one big beer and sausagefest with the opening of Prost Wurstgrill and Bierhouse.

The restaurant was opened by a group of German investors, led by Michael Sponaugle, last week with a limited "soft opening" menu. Prost is now open daily for dinner and will open for lunch and dinner with an expanded menu on July 30.

See also: Bistro BE Coming to Miami: Belgian Waffles, Chocolate, and Beer Galore

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Smooshies: Kids' Candy and Toy Store Coming to Key Biscayne

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Smooshies: Community and candy for kids.
When Gigi Alibhai was a child growing up in Cuba, life wasn't too sweet. Her mother, who was a political prisoner for a time, worked at a candy factory to make ends meet for her family. Alibhai says her family was so poor she didn't have shoes, let alone toys.

"My mother would stay late at the candy factory and sculpt toys for me from the leftover candy," Alibhai said. "It takes so much heat and work to sculpt that hard candy with bare hands that her fingertips were literally burnt off. l wanted to eat them, but I couldn't. They were my only toys."

Alibhai, now a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, and mother of three, decided to open a shop that would combine toys and candy with a place kids could go to and socialize, taking her story full circle. Smooshies (coined from the name Alibhai's daughter calls her brothers), soft opens in Key Biscayne late August, with an official grand opening on Halloween (the official/unofficial day of candy).

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La Bottega di Via Verdi to Open on Biscayne

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House-made sauces to take home.
Via Verdi Cucina Rustica is known for its unfussy, rustic, and delicious Italian cuisine featuring house-made pastas and sauces helmed by partner Nicola Carro.

Now, those same sauces and pastas, along with a selection of wines and other small batch, local items, will be available for home when La Bottega di Via Verdi opens.

See also: Via Verdi Cucina Rustica: Intimate Eats on Miami's Upper Eastside

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Station 5 Table and Bar Opening in South Miami

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About two minutes into speaking with Julia Ning, it becomes abundantly clear that her passion in life is feeding people. The Massachusetts-born Ning is no stranger to the restaurant business -- her family emigrated from China in the 1920s and set up shop with an eatery in Harvard Square.

Ning is the chef behind 5 Station Table and Bar, slated to open on Sunset Drive in August. "It's definitely a chef-driven concept," said Ning, who has worked almost every major restaurant scene in the nation. Her resumé includes Michelin-rated restaurants in Chicago, D.C., and New York. In Miami, she was the chef de cuisine at Khong River House and sous-chef at Area 31 in the Epic Hotel.

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Panther Coffee Opening in Coconut Grove

Joel and Leticia Pollock to open Panther in Coconut Grove.
Panther Coffee is opening in Coconut Grove.

Coconut Grove Grapevine posted an announcement and Leticia Pollock has confirmed the coffeehouse will open at 3407 Main Hwy., next door to Vinos in the Grove. The space already has a giant red panther logo on the windows, a clue that Panther is on the way.

Pollock tells Short Order that just a day after she and husband Joel signed a lease on the space, "they put this big, beautiful panther on it."

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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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Yardbird Southern Table & Bar to Open in Vegas, Baby

Yardbird is flying out west.
So all that chow chow about Yardbird flying off to Vegas for a fling is true. 50 Eggs confirmed that Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is opening a location at the Venetian Las Vegas some time early 2015.

The restaurant will share much of the same menu and Southern charm, but with a little more space -- and flash. After all, Las Vegas could be the only place on the planet to be even more glittery than South Beach.

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Fireman Derek Opens Wynwood Shop

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Everyone is sweet on Fireman Derek's pies.
Fireman Derek has opened a pie shop and café in the former Clive's space at 2818 N. Miami Ave.

"Fireman" Derek Kaplan tells Short Order that the opening of a combination baking facility, retail space, and café was inevitable. "I always knew I had to open a shop. People would call all the time to order a pie, and my truck would only take me so far. Plus, I was tired of coming home at 1 in the morning. All the worthwhile food truck events are in the evening, and by the time you leave, clean up, and park the truck, it's past midnight."

Kaplan scouted suitable locations for a while before committing to the perfect spot. "I wanted to stay in Wynwood, and I really like North Miami Ave. That's where it's at." Kaplan had a baking facility a few blocks away but has moved all production to the new space. Although Fireman Derek's shop just opened to the public, he's been baking there for a while.

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