Shikany Closed: Scheduled to Reopen Mid-February

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Shikany dark on a Saturday evening.
Shikany, the inventive Wynwood restaurant from Michael Shikany, is closed this weekend.

When trying to make a reservation, OpenTable's system stated that, "A temporary connectivity issue occurred between OpenTable and the restaurant's electronic reservation book."

See also: Shikany in Wynwood: Foams, Dehydrated Foods, and Vanilla Cotton Candy (Photos)

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GastroPod Opening at Aventura Mall, Makes Kickstarter Goal

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Aventura Mall is about to get a shot of cool.
Good news for GastroPod's Jeremiah Bullfrog -- twice over.

First and foremost, Bullfrog confirms GastroPod will open at Aventura Mall's food court.

See also: Gastropod Launches Kickstarter to Fund Wynwood Restaurant

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Pubbelly Boys, Wynwood Brewing, Bar Lab Featured on Norwegian's New Ship

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The Pubbelly Boys are going to sea.
Norwegian Cruise Lines has just announced an unprecedented partnership with some of Miami's most loved food and beer people.

When the Norwegian Escape begins sailing from her home, the Port of Miami in November 2015, she will have several Miami-centric food and beverage options for her 4,200 passengers to enjoy including beer from Wynwood Brewing Company, Tobacco Road, and food from the Pubbelly Boys.

See also: Norwegian Getaway: Bar Lab Cocktails, Dining by Geoffrey Zakarian on Board

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Toronto's Byblos Opening at the James Royal Palm

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Byblos is opening at the James Royal Palm.
Toronto-based Mediterranean restaurant Byblos is opening a counterpart at the James Royal Palm Hotel's Shorecrest Building in Miami Beach.

The restaurant, which is set to start operation in late February 2015 at the former Catch location, will serve dishes focusing on the spices and flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean. There will be both small plates and family-style dishes.

See also: Chef Art Smith to Throw 101 Gay Weddings at James Royal Palm Hotel

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Chef Bee's NaiYaRa Will Soon Top Off Sunset Harbour

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One of 2015's most anticipated restaurants, NaiYaRa, is set to open at 1854 Bay Road in Miami Beach's Sunset Harbour neighborhood, joining Pubbelly, Lucali, Icebox Café, Sardinia, and the Fresh Market to further solidify the reputation of this out-of-the-way pocket of South Beach as a culinary oasis.

According to an update by Amicon Construction, a boutique firm that's spearheading the build-out, the restaurant's design will showcase "retro Thai culture, materials, and artifacts in a contemporary setting" and is slated to be finished by the end of this March.

See also: Chef Bee to Open NaiYaRa Asian Street Fare Restaurant in South Beach

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Gastropod Launches Kickstarter to Fund Wynwood Restaurant

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GastroPod's Jeremiah Bullfrog has been known to experiment with various cuisines and restaurant themes. From his Airstream to his P.I.G. events that celebrate all things pork, the chef is famed for innovative takes on classic favorites and intriguing dinners and brunches.

His most recent project is a permanent restaurant formed from a shipping container in Wynwood, which started out as a pop-up during Art Basel. Bullfrog, however, ran into some difficulties during the conversion to a formal space. "We got hit with some crazy permit fees for our new location in Wynwood. After hiring a zoning lawyer and permit [expert], our funds were exhausted."

See also: GastroPod's Noodle Head Hangs Out in Wynwood After Basel

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New Carvel Celebrates Grand Opening With Free Ice Cream

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Carvel's newest store features a reworked logo and a topping bar.
Long before there was Pinkberry and Häagen-Dazs, Carvel was the place to get an ice-cream cone.

The company, founded in 1934, was the first retail ice-cream franchise in the nation, and if you grew up in New York, your childhood was filled with listening to Tom Carvel's gravelly voice talking about Fudgie the Whale and Cookie Puss, prompting you to beg your parents to take you for a cone or a Flying Saucer.

See also: Ten Best Milkshakes in Miami

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Whole Foods Market in Downtown Miami Exclusives: Versailles, Jugofresh, La Churrascaria, More

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Happy employees stocking the shelves at Whole Foods Market.
As downtown Miami prepares for its Whole Foods Market to open Wednesday, January 14, more information is being shared on what will make this particular store unique.

The 41,000-square-foot space, located at 299 SE Third St., will be the Austin, Texas-based company's 22nd location in Florida. But what sets it apart from the rest of the upscale chain's stores is the nod to the tastes of Miami's population, which range from fresh juices to a healthy dose of pork.

See also: Jugofresh to Open in Downtown Whole Foods Market

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AC Hotel Miami Beach Will Feature Lounge With Culturalist Bartenders

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Looks like the area just north of South Beach is becoming the new hot spot for dining and, more importantly, cocktails.

First there were pioneers like Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami Beach, who opened their permanent bar in December 2012, and Essensia at the Palms Hotel, where chef Julie Frans utilizes produce from the property's own garden in her farm-to-table cuisine.

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Pubbelly Launches La Lechonera Pop-Up

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Pubbelly chef Jose Mendin visits his roots.
The Pubbelly Boys strike again, this time celebrating chef Jose Mendin's Puerto Rican roots at La Lechonera, a lunchtime pop-up at Pubbelly.

Each day from noon to 3 p.m., the pork-centric South Beach restaurant turns into a traditional chinchorro, which is basically a place to get some good booze and bites. It's the Puerto Rican version of a good ol' American dive.

See also: Pubbelly's Andres Schreiner on PB Station: "Miami Hasn't Seen Anything Like It Before"

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