Michelle Bernstein's Seagrape and Crown Room at Thompson Miami Beach Now Open

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Seagrape's patio combines ocean breezes with Michelle Bernstein's cuisine.
The Thompson Miami Beach may have officially opened this past Friday, but its restaurants and bars were closed to the public until yesterday.

Finally, people longing for Michelle Bernstein's cuisine or a Julio Cabrera-designed cocktail can do so with the opening of Seagrape restaurant, the Crown Room bar, and the 1930's House.

See also: Bernstein and Cabrera to Collaborate at Thompson Miami Beach

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27 Restaurant & Bar at Freehand Miami Beach Opens

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27 Restaurant & Bar is open.
27 Restaurant & Bar, the much-anticipated dining establishment at the Freehand Miami Beach, opens today, November 24.

The restaurant, which soft-opened this past weekend, is located in the original 1930s house that shares property with Freehand Miami Beach. The structure was gutted and designed by Roman & Willams, the design duo behind Freehand and the Broken Shaker.

Downstairs, you'll find the dining room, recalling the Miami of the '30s. Upstairs, a comfortable lounge features cozy sitting areas perfect for enjoying one of Bar Lab's creations.

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Lemoni Cafe Car Crash Victims Sue, One Was Pregnant With Twins

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Photo by Natalia Molina
This past October 4, ten people were hurt when a Toyota Camry careened onto the sidewalk and plowed through Lemoni Café's unlicensed outdoor seating area on NE Second Avenuein Buena Vista. According to a lawsuit filed November 17, three of the victims are suing the restaurant, as well as 3G Investment Group Inc., which owns the property where Lemoni operates, and Belony Alterma, the driver, for three counts of negligence.

Based on the legal documents, one of the plaintiffs, Erika Vila, was pregnant with twins at the time of the crash. The incident occurred while Vila was having brunch with the two other plaintiffs, Virmari Pettis and Maria Sosa. Though the nature of their injuries isn't stated in the complaint, it indicates Vila was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment, while Pettis was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Both were later discharged and received care from their own physicians.

See also: Lemoni Cafe Crash: After Ten Injured, Time to outlaw Street Seating Until the Street is Fixed

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Fridays at Kitchen 305: All-You-Can-Eat Crab and Girls Dancing on the Bar

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King and stone crab.
Nothing says a Friday night quite like getting waitstaff to help you with a plastic bib as you begin to break open crab legs, decadently dip them in drawn butter and watch as dancers hit the top of the bar and sway to "All About the Bass."

This may sound like the kind of night that only South Beach could provide, but it is a weekly reality in somewhat-sleepy Sunny Isles where Fridays are all about the crab at Kitchen 305.

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Wynwood's Coyo Taco Taps Scott Linquist for Executive Chef Position

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Scott Linquist has been tapped to take over Coyo Taco's kitchen.
Coyo Taco, the soon-to-open Wynwood taqueria, is serious about its cuisine.

The small Mexican eatery, located next door to Panther Coffee, has tapped Scott Linquist as its executive chef.

See also: Coyo Taco: Mexican Street Food and Margaritas Coming to Wynwood in November

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Michelle Bernstein's Michy's Pop-Up Returns for Art Basel: Fried Chicken on the Menu

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Michy's famous fried chicken popping up for Art Basel.
For those of us that simply cannot wait for the reopening of Michy's, take comfort. Chef Michelle Bernstein's flagship restaurant will pop-up at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in time for Art Basel for a very limited run.

Chef Bernstein's Michy's pops up from December 3-6 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the garden's Banyan Room and its adjacent terrace.

See also: David's Cafe to Reopen on Alton Road

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Cafe Babbo: Italian Wood-Fired Pizza Coming to the Heart of Wynwood

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Cafe Babbo to open in Wynwood.
Cafe Babbo, a new Italian cafe and wine bar, is set to open in the next few weeks -- right in Wynwood.

The cafe, located at 97 NW 25th Street, is the brainchild of partners Antonio Chia and Alessandro Pazzaglia, childhood friends who have a combined passion for both good, hearty cuisine and art, and are eager to share it with Miami.

See also: Wynwood Diner to Soft Open for Art Basel

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Pascal Oudin's Brasserie Central Opens Today

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Brasserie Central opens today.
Village of Merrick Park Shoppers getting an early start to their holiday shopping can enjoy an authentic French lunch today when Brasserie Central soft opens. The restaurant's official opening date is this Friday, November 21, but hungry diners eager for a taste can come in all this week for a sneak peek.

The French bistro by chef/restaurateur Pascal Oudin of Coral Gables' modern French restaurant, Pascal's on Ponce, will focus on more traditional fare. The 3,000-square-foot, Parisian-style eatery will feature exposed butcher-block tables, bistro chairs, a 14-seat communal table, and a large indoor/outdoor bar. In addition, Le Comptoir, a small oyster bar, will offer raw seafood in an intimate setting.

See also: Pascal Oudin to Open Brasserie Central in Coral Gables

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Wynwood Diner to Soft Open for Art Basel

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Rendering of Wynwood Diner.
Wynwood is smoking hot these days, with designers, construction crews, and artists scrambling to finish off on projects in time for Art Basel madness. Luckily for us, a lot of the projects involve new restaurants.

Wynwood Diner, located in the Wynwood Block building at 2601 NW Second Ave., right across the street from Wood Tavern, is scheduled for a soft opening date of early December, making it the perfect spot for hungry gallerinas and artists to grab a well-priced nosh and a few drinks.

See also: Wynwood's Five Best Bars

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Moonchine on the Seller's Block

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Moonchine: Up for sale.
Moonchine Asian Bistro, the MiMo restaurant that's long been a staple with locals seeking a good bowl of pho, is up for sale.

The 100-seat restaurant, named "Best Restaurant on the Upper Eastside" by Miami New Times, opened in 2007, back when the Biscayne corridor was little more than a series of broken down motels that had outlived their prime.

Moonchine fast became a neighborhood spot for reasonably priced Asian food that went above the usual Miami sushi and fried rice fare. Additional reasons to love the ruby-tinged bistro include ample free parking in a private lot and a daily happy hour. In 2010, Moonchine added a lounge to the mix.

See also: Best Restaurant on the Upper Eastside Miami 2014 - Moonchine Asian Bistro

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