Vagabond Hotel Opens Today; Restaurant Coming in October

Ciara LaVelle
The Vagabond: Fully restored to her MiMo greatness.
The completion of Biscayne Boulevard's Vagabond Hotel culminates with a party this evening to celebrate the MiMo beauty's full restoration.

The Vagabond Restaurant will follow shortly, with an opening slated for sometime in October.

See also: Inside the Vagabond Hotel, Biscayne Boulevard's Restored MiMo Gem (Photos)

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For Miami Restaurants, No Such Thing as a Slow Summer Anymore

Alex Markow
Crowds fill the streets during August art walk.
It appears there is no place left to hide.

Lincoln Road in mid-August is flooded with throngs of tourists who require you to have both twinkle toes and ankle-breaking jukes just to get to Shake Shack. Brickell is slammed, even though few restaurants in the area are worth your time. And despite the fact that most of Wynwood's best art galleries snub art walk, NW Second Avenue this past Saturday was as clogged as ever and the restaurants were packed.

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Design District's Egg & Dart Is Closed

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Egg & Dart has closed.
The Design District restaurant Egg & Dart has closed.

Outside the restaurant recently, there was no activity during what would be an early dinner service. A blue handwritten sign proclaimed the restaurant "closed," and a rose bush, still chained to the building with a bicycle lock, was wilted and unwatered.

A local chef in the neighborhood confirmed the restaurant had, indeed, closed several weeks ago, very much under the radar. That's a shock in itself considering the city's increasing interest in the dining scene.

See also: Egg & Dart: Sleek Greek in the Design District

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Blackbrick Named One of Bon Appetit's Top 50 New Restaurants

Blackbrick is one of the Top 50 New Restaurants of 2014.
Bon Appetit has just released its list of the Top 50 New Restaurants of 2014 and one Miami establishment made the list of 50 nominees.

Blackbrick, Richard Hales Midtown Chinese restaurant was the only South Florida restaurant to make the list, compiled by Andrew Knowlton. According to Bon Appetit's website, although the restaurants range in cuisine, style, and size they all have one thing in common -- "flat-out ambitious deliciousness."

The restaurant was named New Times' Best Chinese Restaurant for 2014.

See also: Blackbrick Launches Brunch: Peking Duck and Waffles, Breakfast Fried Rice

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Wynwood Brewing's First Anniversary: Block Party and Bottle Release

Photo by David Minsky
Thumbs up and a cheers to Wynwood Brewing's first anniversary of production.
One year has elapsed since the opening of Miami's first production craft brewery, and to celebrate , Wynwood Brewing Company is shutting down the block and throwing a party in front of the brewery this Saturday.

From noon to 10 p.m. August 16, the party will include food trucks, DJs, art, and (of course) beer. The section of NW 24th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues will be closed during those ten hours. However, the taproom will be open from noon to midnight. Tickets will be available for $5 per pour.

See also: Wynwood Brewing Company Announces Expansion, More Brews

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Azul's William Crandall Fuses French, Asian Influences With German Heritage on New Menu

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Tuna poke appetizer from Chef William Crandall of Azul.
The upscale restaurant inside Brickell Key's Mandarin Oriental, has been helmed by many top toques. Michelle Bernstein, Clay Conley, Joel Huff and Jacob Anaya have all led the kitchen of Azul at some point since its inception. A sudden closure last year during the hotel's renovation period had many speculating whether the fine dining restaurant was going to reopen at all.

But it did so in April with a new look, new menu, and new chef. Previous sous chef William Crandall has stepped up to the plate as executive chef after being with the company for three years. Short Order was invited to get a taste of Crandall's new menu that's steered by French technique and Asian influences.

See also: At La Mar, Peruvian Classics Are Elevated to Haute Cuisine

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Michelle Bernstein's Seagrape at Thompson Miami Beach to Open in October

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Michelle Bernstein's Seagrape opens in October. announced the name of Michelle Bernstein's restaurant at Thompson Miami Beach (formerly the Crown).

Now, more details emerge on the brasserie that opens in the fall. The 267-seat Seagrape is a partnership between Bernstein and husband/partner David Martinez and KNR Hospitality Group's Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo. Seagrape will boast a Florida theme, as befits a restaurant in a boutique Miami Beach hotel.

Scheduled to open October 2014, it will take inspiration from "the beach and ocean," according to Bernstein, who will also reflect those influences in her cuisine.

See also: Michelle Bernstein to Open Restaurant at Thompson Miami Beach Hotel

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Is Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse Closed?

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This little piggy has no place to call home.
Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse, the sausage and brewski restaurant that opened in Brickell just about a month ago, has closed.

See also: Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse Holds a Sausage Fest

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Oolite's Backyard Mango Cocktail and Wessel's BBQ Shrimp: The Perfect Summer Meal

Photo by Jen Karetnick
Chef Kris Wessel with a bounty of backyard mangoes.
Let's just start by stating the obvious: It's hot and steamy in Miami this time of year. Too hot for tucking into a steakhouse meal of beefy pleasures with buttery sides. This is the time for dining on something lighter. The conundrum is, of course, to find something that's still big on flavor. Even though the temperature and humidity is raging, the last thing I want is some nondescript salad.

On a recent visit to Lincoln Road to pick up a backordered bookshelf, I saw a blackboard sign outside Oolite Restaurant & Bar, which invited passersby to enjoy "In Rightful Hands Wessel's BBQ Shrimp." Between the great suggestion and the fact that the restaurant offered shelter from the blistering sun, I stepped in.

See also: Kris Wessel to Open New Bar A.I.R. (Artist in Residence)

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River Oyster Bar Moving Out of Brickell in 2015

David Bracha and charcuterie at Oak Tavern.
David Bracha's River Seafood & Oyster Bar will make its long awaited move out of Brickell sometime in 2015.

Bracha, who also owns Oak Tavern in the Design District, has leased spaced on the ground floor of the rising Flagler on the River Apartment Towers being built by Argentine developer the Melo Group. They hope to secure two more restaurants for the space in the future.

See also: Tobacco Road Property Sold, Bar to Remain Open at Least Three More Years

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