Albert Trummer's The Drawing Room: Aphrodisiac Cocktails Coming to South Beach

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The Drawing Room opens September 24.
Albert Trummer, the "mad scientist" of cocktails, has announced the opening date for his new Miami Beach venture, the Drawing Room Bar & Lounge.

The bar, located inside the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, will feature Trummer's own brand of cocktails that include botanicals, essences, herbs, and florals to create cocktails designed to relieve stress, kill pain, and work up the libido.

See also: The Drawing Room: Albert Trummer to Bring "Cocktail Prescriptions" to South Beach

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Babylon Turkish Restaurant: Authentic Cuisine and Belly Dancing

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All photos by Laine Doss
Miami Beach is transformed into the hanging gardens of Babylon.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon remain the most mysterious of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Unlike the Great Pyramid of Giza, which can still be visited, scholars and historians are still debating over whether the gardens ever existed at all. Whether fact or fiction, the gardens are legendary for their lush beauty and it's fitting that Babylon Turkish Restaurant was named after them.

The restaurant, which opened about two months ago in South Beach, features a gorgeous garden courtyard, with trees covered in lights and glass evil eyes for good luck.

See also: Miam Cafe & Boutique: European Cafe Life Comes to Wynwood

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Divino Ceviche Celebrates Third Anniversary With New Menu

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Divino Ceviche celebrated its third anniversary at its cozy Gables location with a pisco-addled shindig. To commemorate the occasion, chef-owner Christian Encalada invited his close friend chef Frabricio Pareja of North Miami Beach's Cholo Ceviche and Grill. Together they concocted a menu that highlighted some of Peruvian cuisine's lesser known staples as well as the locally renowned ceviche.

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Krispy Kreme Opening in Hialeah; Free Doughnuts for a Year and Job Fair

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Free Krispy Kremes for a year? Heaven comes to Hialeah!
Get ready, Hialeah, because at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23, the "Hot Now" light turns on at the opening of the new Krispy Kreme shop in Hialeah.

The bakery, located at 1597 W 49th St., will celebrate its grand opening with some great freebies - including free doughnuts for a year!

See also: Krispy Kreme Cruiser at Homestead Speedway July Fourth Celebration

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Harassment Lawsuit: Versailles Owner Felipe Valls Sr. Had Secret Room "Littered With Sex Toys" UPDATED

Categories: Restaurant News

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Versailles' Felipe Valls is embroiled in a lawsuit.
A former Versailles restaurant worker has filed a discrimination and harassment lawsuit that includes sordid allegations of sexual misconduct by Versailles' Felipe Valls Sr.

According to the lawsuit, filed this past August 29 in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Ayler Ayala was a cashier at Miami International Airport from May 15, 2010, until March 10, 2013. Prior to that, Ayala was employed as a cashier at the Cafeteria at Versailles Cuban Restaurant, owned and/or operated by members of the Valls family.

See also: Attorney for Woman Caught in Versailles Sex Scandal: "These Things Have Profound Consequences"

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Sweet Liberty Drink and Supply Company to Open in South Beach

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John Lermayer and partners opening Sweet Liberty
The Miami cocktail scene is getting an exciting new addition to the already growing list of bars and lounges serving up creative cocktails.

The big news? The dream team behind the operation.

Regent Cocktail Club's John Lermayer, the team behind Blackbird Ordinary, and David Martinez of Michy's are partnering up to open Sweet Liberty Drink and Supply Company.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

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My Ceviche and George Stone Crab to Open at Miami International Airport

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Rendering of My Ceviche and George Stone Crab at MIA.
Grabbing a bite at Miami International Airport is improving vastly from the usual pre-made sandwich with the announcement of My Ceviche and George Stone Crab inking a deal to open a location there.

The co-branding, a seafood lover's dream, will be located at American Airlines Terminal's new marketplace, near gate D29. The 220 square-foot restaurant will serve My Ceviche's grab-and-go items, including signature ceviches, wraps, and salads.

See also: My Ceviche Opens Today in South Miami

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August 2014 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Laine Doss
Mignonette opened in August. Take a friend. Don't be shellfish.
August may be traditionally a slow month for Miami's restaurant industry, but you could hardly tell from the extensive list of openings.

Notable openings include Mignonette, the intimate oyster bar by chef Danny Serfer (Blue Collar) and blogger Ryan Roman; and Cantina la Veinte, the first foray into the U.S. market for Mexico's Cinbersol Group.

Restaurant closings confounded us this month. Two places serving impeccable food by well established restaurateurs closed: Pubbelly Group's PB Steak (with the promise to move to the mainland); and Lorenzo, Tony Mantuano's Italian bistro. Even more baffling was the closing of Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse, a Brickell restaurant that opened in July, then mysteriously shuttered about a month later.

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Gabriela Machado Launches Paladar Dinner Series

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All photos by Laine Doss
Paladar's Gabriela Machado and Uvaggio chef Bret Pelaggi prep the cheese course.
The whole affair was a little mysterious. An email invite to dinner at an unnamed location by an unnamed chef.

Taking the challenge, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the chef who was returning to the Miami dining scene was none other than Gabriela Machado, the chef behind Copperbox Culinary Atelier, the combination culinary proving ground/pop-up dinner party that the chef hosted from her Wynwood space.

Machado closed Copperbox just when she learned all she could from it, telling Short Order that she the project was a way for her to hone her skills, not only on a culinary level, but business-wise and people-wise.

"I came from Venezuela four years ago without knowing anybody. Copperbox was a studio for me. For me to be a better chef, I needed to have a studio to learn. It was an experiment and a test to learn about Miami and learn about what I needed to know to grow. It was me learning and learning the United States. It developed into something beautiful."

See also: Underground Dining Guide: Kulinary Therapy to Cobaya to Shelley-belly to Copperbox

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IKEA Miami Opens Today: Here's What to Expect (Photos)

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Photos by Laine Doss
Jeanette Mendez and Valerie Aguilar camp out for the IKEA Miami grand opening.
Although IKEA Miami doesn't open its doors until 9 a.m. today, already there are hundreds of people in line, some camping out for more than 24 hours.

What inspires such fandom for a furniture store?

It could be the free sofas that the Swedish megastore is giving to the first 39 people in line this morning, or it could be the promise of being part of a "happening" that spans the course of three days and includes giveaways, music, and food samplings.

IKEA spokesperson Joseph Roth says these store openings are so monumental because there are so few of them. "This is only the 39th store we've opened in the U.S. Other outlets open that many in just one metropolitan area."

See also: IKEA Miami Opens Tomorrow: Free Stuff All Week Including Meatballs for a Year

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