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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Artist Rendering of AC Hotels by Marriott
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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December 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Scott Conant's Corsair is open.
Welcome to 2015. A new year is bringing several new restaurants, many of them helmed by celebrity chefs.

We're especially looking forward to Tom Colicchio's Beachcraft, Sandbox, and Tom on Collins, all at the 1 Hotel and Homes in South Beach. STK Miami is also poised to open at the same property.

The world's largest Nobu is another hotly anticipated restaurant, along with PB Station from the Pubbelly Boys, Naked Lunch by chef Ralph Pagano, Jamie DeRosa's Izzy's Fish & Oyster, and the Vagabond Restaurant.

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Starbucks Drive-Thru to Open in MiMo, With Panther Across the Street

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Starbucks drive-thru under construction.
For all you Starbucks fans in Miami, a new drive-thru is on the way.

The store on the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and NE 69th Street will close soon, and a new place with a drive-thru lane for cars will open at 64th and Biscayne. The spacious 1,750 square foot shop will have plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The interior will feature local vintage imagery, intricate ceiling elements, wall screens, and a double-height ceiling.

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Jugofresh to Open in Downtown Whole Foods Market

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Jugofresh will open inside Whole Foods Market.
When Whole Foods Market opens its newest location in downtown Miami (299 SE Third St.) on January 14, shoppers will not only be able to purchase sustainable seafood, local produce, and prepared foods.

They can get their Jugofresh juice fix at the cold-pressed juice bar's very own store-within-a-store.

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Miami Beach Nobu Will Be World's Largest Nobu Restaurant & Bar Lounge

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Rendering of Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc.
The much-anticipated opening of Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach is coming along, with further information being released by Nobu Hospitality.

The project, a partnership among chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert De Niro, and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, will open in 2015 as part of a multimillion-dollar vision to revitalize and relaunch the Eden Roc as the premier resort in Miami Beach. The theatrical, nautical Morris Lapidus-designed hotel was once the playground of the rich and famous, with luminaries like Elizabeth Taylor, Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra, and Robert De Niro himself sunning, sleeping, and carousing there, but newer and shiners hotels and renovations, including the spectacular Fontainebleau Miami Beach, have overshadowed the Eden Roc in recent years.

The Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach is the second U.S. hotel under the Nobu Hospitality brand. Similarly, Nobu Hotel opened at Caesars Palace Las Vegas in February 2013 with special non-Vegas-like features including a welcoming in-room tea service featuring green tea and a special rice cracker that has been imported from Nobu's hometown in Japan, according to Forbes.

See also: Is Eden Roc Turning Into Nobu Hotel?

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Whole Foods Market Opening in Downtown Miami

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Downtown Miami residents will have a place to purchase sustainable seafood, local produce, and organic foods when Whole Foods Market opens January 14.

The market is part of the Texas-based grocer that has been named one of Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" every year since the list began in 1998.

See also: Whole Foods' Austin Flagship Is Amazing (Photos)

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

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The Pubbelly Boys are opening a downtown Miami restaurant.
Hot on the heels of the opening of L'Echon Brasserie at the Hilton Cabana Hotel, the Pubbelly Boys, Andreas Schreiner, Jose Mendin, and Sergio Navarro, are expanding their growing restaurant roster. This time, the boys are headed across the river, to downtown Miami.

PB Station will open at the Langford Hotel, a boutique hotel opening at the former Miami National Bank Building at 121 SE First St. According to Pubbelly partner and co-founder Andres Schreiner, the restaurant should open within the first quarter of 2015. PB Station will take up space on the first floor of the intimate hotel and the team is busy building out the space from scratch.

See also: PB Steak to Close in Miami Beach, Plans to Move "Over the Bridge"

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Quality Meats' Craig Koketsu on Miami Beach Opening: "You Let The Locality Form What You Do"

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Executive chef/partner Craig Koketsu is planning a move to Miami.
Quality Meats, the restaurant that combines a classic butcher shop with a restaurant, opens February 2015 in South Beach.

The restaurant, the first non-NYC venue by the father-and-son team of Alan and Michael Stillman, will be located at 1501 Collins Ave. The restaurant, which brings the much acclaimed New York City location to Miami Beach, will offer a meat-forward menu that includes beef that is cured, smoked, or aged in-house.

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