Ball & Chain Opens Today: Pastelito Daiquiris and Jazz on Calle Ocho

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The Calle Ocho Old Fashioned: Classic cocktail gets Cuban flair.
Ball & Chain hasn't opened yet, but the Calle Ocho lounge already has quite an interesting history.

The bar, which originally opened in 1935, back when the area now known as Little Havana was a mostly Jewish neighborhood known as Shenandoah, was a well-known Jazz palace where the likes of Billie Holiday and Count Basie jammed until the sun came up. The original Ball & Chain closed in 1957 and the neighborhood changed around it.

Now, nearly 60 years later, Ball & Chain is poised to reopen as a music venue and cocktail lounge. Partners Bill Fuller, and Zack and Ben Bush will reopen Ball & Chain tonight, planning to stay true to the original concept -- with a few nods to the 21st century.

See also: Ball & Chain Club Brings Colorful History of Gangsters and Feuds Back to Little Havana

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Morimoto South Beach to Open October 1

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Shelborne Wyndham South Beach
The Iron Chef comes to South Beach.
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto has finally picked a date for the opening of his Miami Beach restaurant.

Morimoto South Beach opens October 1 at the newly renovated Shelborne Wyndham South Beach Hotel.

See also: Iron Chef Morimoto to Open Restaurant at Shelborne South Beach


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Albert Trummer's The Drawing Room: Aphrodisiac Cocktails Coming to South Beach

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The Drawing Room opens September 24.
Albert Trummer, the "mad scientist" of cocktails, has announced the opening date for his new Miami Beach venture, the Drawing Room Bar & Lounge.

The bar, located inside the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, will feature Trummer's own brand of cocktails that include botanicals, essences, herbs, and florals to create cocktails designed to relieve stress, kill pain, and work up the libido.

See also: The Drawing Room: Albert Trummer to Bring "Cocktail Prescriptions" to South Beach

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Babylon Turkish Restaurant: Authentic Cuisine and Belly Dancing

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All photos by Laine Doss
Miami Beach is transformed into the hanging gardens of Babylon.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon remain the most mysterious of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Unlike the Great Pyramid of Giza, which can still be visited, scholars and historians are still debating over whether the gardens ever existed at all. Whether fact or fiction, the gardens are legendary for their lush beauty and it's fitting that Babylon Turkish Restaurant was named after them.

The restaurant, which opened about two months ago in South Beach, features a gorgeous garden courtyard, with trees covered in lights and glass evil eyes for good luck.

See also: Miam Cafe & Boutique: European Cafe Life Comes to Wynwood

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Miam Cafe & Boutique: European Cafe Life Comes to Wynwood

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Miam's turkey and avocado club on Zak the Baker bread ($10).
Two years ago, Miam Cafe's owner, Alexis Jacot, was on vacation with his wife from Switzerland, when he fell in love with the idea of opening a cafe in Wynwood. The former Proctor & Gamble executive noticed a vacancy inside the Wynwood Building and, right then and there, made a deal to snag the space.

"This neighborhood, and especially this building, are so special. I fell in love. I have a hospitality background, and always wanted to open a cafe, and everything was pointing in that direction so I just jumped!"

See also: Miam Cafe Opening in Wynwood

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Miami Pastry King Antonio Bachour to Open Brickell Cafe

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Antonio Bachour.
On the heels of releasing his second cookbook, the tireless, social media-happy Antonio Bachour will open his own eponymous bakery and café on Brickell Avenue.

Bachour, who will remain executive pastry chef at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, finalized plans for his 1,700-square-foot space at 600 Brickell Ave. late Thursday night and aims to open by summer 2015.

See also: Antonio Bachour: Pastry Genius

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Tamarina to Replace Lippi in Brickell

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Yona and Tunu Puri to open Tamarina.
The husband-and-wife team of Yona and Tunu Puri are opening Tamarina, a new restaurant-bar concept at 600 Brickell Ave., in the former Lippi space.

See also: Ten Best Brickell Restaurants

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Krispy Kreme Opening in Hialeah; Free Doughnuts for a Year and Job Fair

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Free Krispy Kremes for a year? Heaven comes to Hialeah!
Get ready, Hialeah, because at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 23, the "Hot Now" light turns on at the opening of the new Krispy Kreme shop in Hialeah.

The bakery, located at 1597 W 49th St., will celebrate its grand opening with some great freebies - including free doughnuts for a year!

See also: Krispy Kreme Cruiser at Homestead Speedway July Fourth Celebration

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The Vagabond Hotel's Pool Bar Is Open for Business

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Paul Schroeder's Vagabond Collins.
The much-anticipated pool bar at Vagabond Hotel is officially open for business. The place received its liquor license just this week and is ready to welcome the neighborhood and hotel guests in the newly renovated, retro-luxe space.

While the pool is open to hotel guests only, the hotel's bar will be serving classic American cocktails to guests and locals alike. Beverage manager Paul Schroeder makes the Vagabond Collins with vodka, homemade lemon lime juice, and simple syrup with angostura bitters.

"We are bringing ingredients in-house and making all our own juice, grenadine, and simple syrups," said Schroeder. He added that there would be no molecular gastronomy at the bar, just simple classic cocktails, and that guests will be impressed with the happy-hour prices and operating hours, which are still in the works.

Regular prices for cocktails range from $12 to $14 with well drinks priced at $10. The pool bar hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Developer and preservationist Avra Jain told us she is taking special care to keep the noise down out of respect for neighbors.

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Sweet Liberty Drink and Supply Company to Open in South Beach

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John Lermayer and partners opening Sweet Liberty
The Miami cocktail scene is getting an exciting new addition to the already growing list of bars and lounges serving up creative cocktails.

The big news? The dream team behind the operation.

Regent Cocktail Club's John Lermayer, the team behind Blackbird Ordinary, and David Martinez of Michy's are partnering up to open Sweet Liberty Drink and Supply Company.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

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