My Ceviche Celebrates Birthday: Free Food Today

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Courtesy My Ceviche
Happy birthday My Ceviche. Looking good!
It's hard to believe, but it's been two years since My Ceviche opened on South Beach, giving us affordable, chef-driven seafood. My Ceviche's Brickell location, turned one this past March. It seems in the blink of an eye, our ceviche and burrito babies have grown up.

How do you celebrate a ceviche place's birthday? With a card, of course.

See also: My Ceviche to Open in South Miami

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March 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Courtesy of 1826
1826 brings beautiful food in a stylish retro setting to Miami Beach.
Spring is in the air, bringing new beginnings and lots of restaurant openings.

From small burger and beer joints to lavish multilevel dining experiences, it seems there's a new restaurant for just about everyone's taste and budget.

Notable openings include 1826 Restaurant & Lounge, Danny Grant's multilevel supper club; Touché Rooftop Lounge and Restaurant, Top Chef Carla Pellegrino's restaurant atop the E11even nightclub; and Taperia Raca, a new tapas concept by Eating House's Giorgio Rapicavoli and Alex Casanova.

Also notable is the growth of Wynwood as a dining destination with the imminent opening of Michael Shikany's namesake restaurant, set to launch today; the opening of Kush, the burger and beer joint by LoKal's Matt Kuscher; and Mmmm, in the old Lester's space.

Midtown Miami took a hit with the closing of Mercadito Midtown and George's Kitchen & Loft.

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American Social: Fort Lauderdale Gastropub Opening Brickell Location

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The view from the soon-to-open American Social in Brickell.
Los Olas gastropub American Social is branching out to Miami. The pub that features craft cocktails, an extensive beer selection, and upscale pub grub is slated to open in Brickell this fall.

American Social partners Paul Greenberg and Rick Mijares have just inked a deal for the second location of the popular beer joint. American Social Miami will be located at 690 SW First Ct., below Neo Vertika. With 6,500 square feet of space on the Miami River, the new spot will be bigger and glitzier than its Fort Lauderdale sister.

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The Cypress Room Turns 1 Year Old With a Poem

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Bill Wisser
A toast to the Cypress Room's first birthday.
On March 25, 2013, Michael Schwartz opened his first fine-dining concept, the Cypress Room. Many restaurants mark their first anniversary with a dinner special or perhaps a signature cocktail created for the occasion. But how many celebrate it with a poem?

When you think about it, though, a literary missive is fitting. The restaurant itself is an ode to days gone by, when an evening out at a swanky restaurant meant dressing in your best finery, while elegant servers delivered course after course of beautiful dishes served on silver platters.

See also: The Cypress Room Keeps It Classy in the Design District

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Taperia Raca Opens Friday: Giorgio Rapicavoli Tells Us What to Expect

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Taperia Raca will open Friday, and that's no bull.
Taperia Raca opens this Friday, bringing chef Giorgio Rapicavoli's spin on Spanish small plates to MiMo.

The restaurant, the second endeavor from Rapicavoli and business partner Alex Casanova, will seat only 16 people inside, but an outdoor garden will serve 40 guests. Rapicavoli will split his time between Eating House in Coral Gables and this new spot, aided by chef de cuisine Ryan Harrison, previously of Preservation in Sunny Isles. Adriana Egozcue, already in charge of lunch service, will take over as chef de cuisine at Eating House.

We asked Giorgio Rapicavoli the impetus behind the new concept and what diners can expect from it.

See also: Giorgio Rapicavoli to Open Taperia Raca in MiMo

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Loba: Latin Spice and Southern Comfort Headed to MiMo

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Here, fishy fishy.
Not everyone grows up dreaming of owning their own restaurant and the desire to feed hungry folks who sometimes complain simply for the sake of complaining. No, it takes a special breed of person to dream about owning and operating a restaurant. Meet Jessica Sanchez, a financial analyst who took the plunge in 2013 and quit her 9-to-5 to pursue her dream.

She's opening Loba, which means "she-wolf" in Spanish, in Miami's MiMo district come early May. The 28-year-old Colombian grew up in the restaurant industry, acquiring years of experience and know-how from her parents, who owned Patacon, a chain of Colombian restaurants.

See also: Hotel Astor Debuts The Downstairs

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1826 Restaurant & Lounge: Gorgeous Food in a Mad Men Setting

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1826 Restaurant
1826 Restaurant & Lounge has been open for only a month, but the restaurant has already generated buzz. Scarpetta's Nina Compton tweeted pictures of her date night at the restaurant, and at a recent awards ceremony, several chefs discussed the restaurant.

It could be the restaurant's multilevel dining experience, which incorporates a restaurant, lounge, and private club with bottle service in one location (a robotic garage that pampers your car while you dine will soon open on premises). Or it could be the man behind the concept. Danny Grant earned two Michelin stars at his former Chicago restaurant, Ria, and in 2012 was named one of Food & Wine's best new chefs.

See also: Danny Grant's 1826 Restaurant Opens Tonight

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Hotel Astor Debuts the Downstairs

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It seems nothing is ever easy in the wild 'n' wacky world of Miami restaurants. Just ask the folks at Hotel Astor.

As part of a three-pronged relaunch that seeks to regain the buzz it had in days gone by, the 1936 vintage South Beach boutique hotel last Friday unveiled the Downstairs, a subterranean restaurant/bar/lounge promising "fine American dining with a European flair," cheffed by former DeVito South Beach and Vic & Angelo's toque Chad Ford.

That didn't last long. By Monday, Ford was gone, "taking [his] career in a different direction." Which, by the way, was all the way to Key West, where he signed on with a southernmost restaurant to be named later.

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Beehive Juice Bar Open at New Location

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Photos by Hannah Sentenac
In excellent news for healthy eaters and vegans Miami-wide, the much-beloved Beehive Juice Bar is open in a new location, just down the road from the old one.

Turns out even corporate America (in the guise of CVS) couldn't keep this thriving little eatery down.

See also: Strip Mall Containing Beehive Juice Bar, 1909 Cafe Leased by CVS

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Help Zak the Baker Open a Wynwood Bakery and Cafe Through Kickstarter Campaign

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Zak the Baker to open in Wynwood.
Fans of good bread in Miami know Zak Stern makes some of the best manna in town. Available at various markets and restaurants throughout town, his wares can be difficult to find unless you are searching for a sandwich at Panther Coffee or a loaf at the Pinecrest farmers' market.

But now Stern, AKA Zak the Baker, and his baked goods will finally have a home when his Wynwood bakery and café opens in early April.

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