Top Chef Masters' Patricia Yeo Joins Khong River House

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Patricia Yeo joins Khong
Patricia Yeo has quite an extensive resume and career trajectory.

Originally the Oregon native was on a science path, studying biochemistry at Princeton University when she enrolled in a cooking class in New York. She met celebrity chef Bobby Flay while attending New York Restaurant School, and he took the fledgling chef under his wing. After working at Miracle Grill, Mesa, and Bolo, the chef opened AZ in New York City in 1999. In 2007, Yeo moved to Southeast Asia to hone her craft, working as a restaurant consultant while learning the flavors and culture of the region. Yeo returned to the states and opened Boston's Ginger Park in 2009. Yeo then moved to Om Restaurant & Lounge and Moska, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before heading to Chicago to take a consulting job in Chicago.

The chef and cookbook author, who competed on season four of Bravo's Top Chef Masters, has now landed in Miami Beach to helm the kitchen at Khong River House.

See also: Khong River House's Gin and Tonic: No Longer for Dads and Sorority Girls

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The Gang Miami: Food as a Concept of Life Headed to Wynwood

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The Gang Miami: Art and Asian fusion headed to midtown.
Wynwood is getting a new eatery in time for Art Basel. The Gang Miami, billed as an Asian-fusion restaurant, is scheduled to open in a few weeks, in time for Art Basel madness.

Husband and wife Bogdan and Jacqueline Niculae are the co-owners of the Gang Miami, located at 3500 N. Miami Ave., next to Gigi.

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

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Michael Mina's Stripsteak Opens on Thursday

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Wagyu duo at Stripsteak
Michael Mina's third Miami-area restaurant is slated to open this Thursday, November 13, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort.

Stripsteak takes over the 12,000-square-foot space formerly held by Gotham Steak. The two-story, 350-seat restaurant will offer both indoor and outdoor dining, as well as several cocktail bars. The space is designed to be "sexy, fun, and engaging."

The opening of Stripsteak will mark the second Fontainebleau Miami Beach restaurant for the chef, who opened Michael Mina 74 in December 2013. The chef also operates Bourbon Steak at the Turnberry Isle in Aventura.

See also: Best Glamorous Restaurant: Michael Mina 74

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Siena Tavern Opens November 10: Numbered Bar Lab Cocktails, Exclusive Wynwood Brew

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Siena Tavern's locally sourced bar.
Siena Tavern Miami opens to the public Monday, November 10, at 6 p.m., and the hotly anticipated outpost of Siena Tavern in Chicago, helmed by former Top Chef contestant Fabio Viviani, is gaining buzz before the first diner chows down on the restaurant's social-media-savvy (and savory) meatball.

But what's behind the restaurant that's taken over the expansive China Grill space in South Beach? A masculine decor inspired by small Italian cafés and airplanes, a cocktail menu by-the-numbers created by Bar Lab, and a special beer by Wynwood Brewing inspired by the restaurant's flavors.

David Rekhson, Siena Tavern partner, took me on an exclusive tour of the restaurant to explain everything.

See also: Fabio Viviani's Siena Tavern Opening in November

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Benchwarmers Closed, but Fries May Live On at Wood Tavern

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Benchwarmers' fries live on.
Benchwarmers and Bizerq, the two midtown concepts by Wood Tavern's Cesar Morales, have closed after just a few months in business.

Morales, who issued a statement about the closing on Benchwarmers' Facebook page, tells Short Order that although the restaurant/sports bar was doing well, it closed due to a few factors, including high rent. Benchwarmers was also tied into nightclub Bizerq in the lease, and Morales had to walk away from both, according to the contract. "Benchwarmers wasn't really the problem. If I could have kept Benchwarmers, I would have. Unfortunately, both were on the same lease."

See also: Bizerq and Benchwarmers Closing, "Barely Open a Few Months"

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The Rum Line Opens November 6: Flaming Scorpion Bowls and Panther Coffee Cocktails

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Flaming Scorpion bowls and Panther Coffee-infused cocktails.
The Rum Line, a Caribbean-inspired bar that features (as the name implies) rum-centric cocktails, opens Thursday, November 6.

The outdoor cocktail lounge, adjacent to Lure Fishbar at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, is owned by New York City restaurateurs John McDonald, Joshua Pickard, and Josh Capon of Mercer Street Hospitality (also owners of Lure). Lure Fishbar's Robert Ferrara will serve as bar director, who is charged with bringing classic cocktails, like the Hemingway daiquiri, to life.

See also: The Rum Line: Classic Hemingway Cocktails Coming to New SoBe Bar

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Pubbelly Announces Pubbelly Media Group, Full-Service Media Company

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The Pubbelly Boys: Kings of all media?
Social media and the internet has changed our world and how we do just about everything.

In Kenya, Maasai warriors who have no electricity or running water are on Facebook, sharing political views and conservation efforts. Information on wars are now brought to us via citizens who tweet about attacks and, most recently, Kim Kardashian was asked to speak at a Silicon Valley tech conference on social media skills.

Social media has also drastically changed the restaurant industry. People search for new restaurants on their phones, looking at Yelp reviews to help them make dining choices, or visiting a restaurant's web page to seek out pictures of dishes to whet their appetite. So, it stands to reason that savvy chefs and restaurateurs embrace technology. Some more than others. Like the Pubbelly Boys, who are taking a giant forward leap into new media with the announcement of Pubbelly Media Group.

See also: The Pubbelly Boys: Soverigns of Swine

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Vagabond Restaurant in MiMo: Art Is an Integral Part of the Menu

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The original sign will be a focal point of the restaurant.
The Vagabond Hotel's spectacular renovation will come full circle when the Vagabond Restaurant opens next month, just in time for Art Basel.

Restaurant partners Alvaro Perez, Chris Wang, and chef Alex Chang are nearing completion on the space, which will incorporate art and the restaurant's outdoor space with chef Chang's cuisine. Chang found fame when his underground restaurant at an on-campus apartment at the University of Southern California was made into a documentary, Paladar, by filmmaker Gil Freston.

See also: Vagabond Hotel Opens Today; Restaurant Coming in October

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New on the Menu at Blue Collar, the Federal, and Tongue and Cheek

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As we move from summer to fall, many local restaurants are taking a heartier approach that is supposed to make us all feel like we are seeing the leaves falling from trees and the temperatures drop... as if it were the time of year when the jeans and long-sleeve shirts come out to play.

Lack of Miami seasons aside, that's not going to stop Short Order from trying out these new menu items.

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Jamie DeRosa to Open Izzy's Fish & Oyster

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New England chowdah and steamers coming to Miami Beach.
Jamie DeRosa's soon-to-open Izzy's Fish & Oyster is a true family affair.

The restaurant, scheduled to open late fall 2014 and named after daughter Isabela Grace, is an homage to New England seafood shacks. Coincidentally, it's located on the same block as DeRosa's Tongue & Cheek. Although the two restaurants share a ZIP code and chef, they are very different.

Izzy's, located at 423 Washington Ave., is a partnership between the chef and his wife, Amy. Together, they are creating a homey atmosphere reminiscent of New England clam shacks Amy grew up with. The goal is to give South Beach a family-friendly restaurant where people can go for honest, fresh seafood without breaking the bank.

See also: Jamie DeRosa on Tongue & Cheek's First Anniversary

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