La Bottega di Via Verdi to Open on Biscayne

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House-made sauces to take home.
Via Verdi Cucina Rustica is known for its unfussy, rustic, and delicious Italian cuisine featuring house-made pastas and sauces helmed by partner Nicola Carro.

Now, those same sauces and pastas, along with a selection of wines and other small batch, local items, will be available for home when La Bottega di Via Verdi opens.

See also: Via Verdi Cucina Rustica: Intimate Eats on Miami's Upper Eastside

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Station 5 Table and Bar Opening in South Miami

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About two minutes into speaking with Julia Ning, it becomes abundantly clear that her passion in life is feeding people. The Massachusetts-born Ning is no stranger to the restaurant business -- her family emigrated from China in the 1920s and set up shop with an eatery in Harvard Square.

Ning is the chef behind 5 Station Table and Bar, slated to open on Sunset Drive in August. "It's definitely a chef-driven concept," said Ning, who has worked almost every major restaurant scene in the nation. Her resumé includes Michelin-rated restaurants in Chicago, D.C., and New York. In Miami, she was the chef de cuisine at Khong River House and sous-chef at Area 31 in the Epic Hotel.

See also: Jerry's Deli Closes: Goodbye Mile-High Pastrami Sandwiches

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Panther Coffee Opening in Coconut Grove

Joel and Leticia Pollock to open Panther in Coconut Grove.
Panther Coffee is opening in Coconut Grove.

Coconut Grove Grapevine posted an announcement and Leticia Pollock has confirmed the coffeehouse will open at 3407 Main Hwy., next door to Vinos in the Grove. The space already has a giant red panther logo on the windows, a clue that Panther is on the way.

Pollock tells Short Order that just a day after she and husband Joel signed a lease on the space, "they put this big, beautiful panther on it."

See also: Panther Coffee Opening in Little Haiti

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Jerry's Deli Closes: Goodbye Mile-High Pastrami Sandwiches

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Jerry's Famous Deli has closed.
After more than a dozen years serving pastrami to South Beach night owls, tourists, and locals alike, Jerry's Famous Deli has closed. The restaurant shuttered its doors last weekend.

See also: 100 Favorite Dishes: Matzo Ball Soup at Jerry's Deli

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Yardbird Southern Table & Bar to Open in Vegas, Baby

Yardbird is flying out west.
So all that chow chow about Yardbird flying off to Vegas for a fling is true. 50 Eggs confirmed that Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is opening a location at the Venetian Las Vegas some time early 2015.

The restaurant will share much of the same menu and Southern charm, but with a little more space -- and flash. After all, Las Vegas could be the only place on the planet to be even more glittery than South Beach.

See also: Yardbird Midnight Chef's Table Series with Michael Laukert

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Fireman Derek Opens Wynwood Shop

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Everyone is sweet on Fireman Derek's pies.
Fireman Derek has opened a pie shop and café in the former Clive's space at 2818 N. Miami Ave.

"Fireman" Derek Kaplan tells Short Order that the opening of a combination baking facility, retail space, and café was inevitable. "I always knew I had to open a shop. People would call all the time to order a pie, and my truck would only take me so far. Plus, I was tired of coming home at 1 in the morning. All the worthwhile food truck events are in the evening, and by the time you leave, clean up, and park the truck, it's past midnight."

Kaplan scouted suitable locations for a while before committing to the perfect spot. "I wanted to stay in Wynwood, and I really like North Miami Ave. That's where it's at." Kaplan had a baking facility a few blocks away but has moved all production to the new space. Although Fireman Derek's shop just opened to the public, he's been baking there for a while.

See also: Fireman Derek Kaplan on Pumpkin Pie, Baking, and Opening a Retail Space

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Tongue & Cheek Relaunches Kitchen Collab with Brandon McGlamery on Monday

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Chef Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek
'Tis the season of summer romance and Chef Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek is bringing that fleeting joining-forces mentality back to his kitchen with the return of Kitchen Collab. This dinner series pairs DeRosa with an accomplished chef for a one night only multi-course meal.

"This summer's dinner series we are focusing on chefs from the Orlando area. These chefs are badass! All are James Beard nominated and all are very excited to come to Miami and throw down," DeRosa said.

See also: The Dutch Celebrates Three-Year BBQ Summer Series, Invites Chefs to Cook a Feast in Backyard

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Ralph Pagano's Ferris Pops-Up This Saturday: We Get a Kitchen Preview

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Chef Ralph Pagano displays his meat.
Chef Ralph Pagano's Ferris pop-up at the Sole on the Ocean in Sunny Isles launches this Saturday evening complete with a drum circle, fire dancers, a DJ, and a belly dancer.

Before that show, there's work to be done in the kitchen. Grape leaves must cook overnight, pita must be baked, and giant skewers of lamb and chicken must be fired on the grill. Chef Pagano, who says this is his most personal endeavor yet, has prepared a menu that explores the Lebanese half of his family tree.

See also: Ralph Pagano Opening Ferris Summer Pop-Up at Alba Seaside Italian

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Feuding Seasalt and Pepper Owners Close to Buyout Deal

Seasalt and Pepper on Northwest River Drive
The feuding owners of Seasalt and Pepper have nearly reached a deal where real estate developer Carlos Miranda would buy out nightclub designer Stephane Dupoux's half of the business for an undisclosed sum.

According to state corporation documents filed in late April, Miranda made a request to remove Dupoux's name from Seasalt and Pepper LLC, which manages the posh riverside restaurant. Dupoux would remain a partner in the restaurant's holding company, but would officially be out of its day-to-day operations, which he said has been the case since he was forced out earlier this year.

See also: Former Seasalt and Pepper Manager, DJ Sue Posh Restaurant

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11 Restaurants We're Looking Forward to in 2014

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Coming soon.
It happens every year. The minute your hangover subsides from New Year's Eve, it's already July. With half the year gone, we decided to look forward to some of the restaurants that are coming up -- mostly in the fall.

We're not listing restaurants that don't have a 2014 opening date, which is why notables such as Michael Schwartz's restaurant and beach club at Paraiso Bay and SLS Brickell's host of offerings -- like the Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya, and Michael Schwartz's restaurant -- didn't make the list.

Here are the restaurants we're most looking forward to in 2014. Start making reservations now.

See also: Best Restaurant yet to Come Miami 2014 - Tom Colicchio's Unnamed Restaurant

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