Dewey LoSasso on AQ by Acqualina: "Right Now, I'm Doing Some Research"

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Dewey LoSasso launches AQ.
When Dewey LoSasso was named Acqualina's executive chef in December 2013, he was taking time to get the feel of the resort before making major changes to the menus. He told Short Order: "Right now, I'm doing some research, and then we'll start testing some menu items after Christmas and New Year's. I'm thinking, maybe, Hamptons-meets-Miami."

Now the talented chef is ready to introduce new dishes and an entirely new restaurant with the opening of AQ by Acqualina, located inside the resort that has earned both the
2013 Forbes' Travel Guide Five Star and the 2013 AAA Five Diamond.

See also: Dewey LoSasso Named Acqualina Resort & Spa's Executive Chef


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Redbar Relaunch: Sexy Cocktails, Vintage Vibe

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Redbar via Facebook
Sexy cocktails in a vintage atmosphere.
Redbar, the mixed-use cocktail lounge, gallery space in Brickell, is celebrating a relaunch.

The bar, henceforth known as Redbar Drink Company, has gotten a retro facelift. Decked out in a New-Orleans-meets-Chicago-speakeasy style, the space features vintage furnishings with rich sepia and burgundy hues.

What's also notable about the new-and-improved Redbar Drink Company is their crafted cocktail program. Antar Sosa and Dobomir Dimitrov, who have successfully worked on Barezzito and the Shore Club, have curated some of Miami's best cocktail experts to create a collection of specialty drinks.

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Pincho Factory Offers Free Beer Tonight at Sweetness Bake Shop

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Cassie Glenn
Pincho Factory's toston burger won over Hoda and Kathie Lee on the Today Show last month. That gave locals a reason to be thankful Nedal Ahmad's creation is readily available when hunger pangs hit. After opening his second location in Coral Gables last August, Ahmad is ready to expand again. This time to where he originally planned to put his first restaurant, his hometown of Hialeah.

While it will not be ready until the second half of this year, the Pincho kings are saying #HelloHialeah tonight with an event at Sweetness Bake Shop featuring burgers, desserts, and free beer.

See also: Sweetness Bakeshop to Open Second, Larger Hialeah Location

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China Grill to Open in Brickell: Innovative Space With Individual Bird's Nests

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Rendering of China Grill Brickell.
It's been nearly two years since China Grill, the restaurant that in 1995 essentially started Miami Beach's dining renaissance, closed its doors and announced a move to Brickell.

In April 2012, China Grill Management and Jeffrey Chodorow announced China Grill Brickell would open "in the fourth quarter of this year, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of China Grill's flagship New York location."

See also: China Grill Moving From South Beach to Brickell

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Great Harvest Bread Company Brings Freshly Ground and Baked Wheat Bread to North Miami

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Great Harvest Bread Company via Facebook
Waiting for the bread.
North Miami residents will be able to get their hands on warm loaves when Great Harvest Bread Company opens its doors April 11.

The bakery, part of a Montana-based chain that was established in the 1970s, is the first location to open in South Florida. The Great Harvest Bread Company has more than 200 nationwide, with each bakery independently owned and operated.

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

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PB Fish, Pop-Up at PB Steak, Starts Today

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PB Fish
When was the last time you had good fried calamari?
PB Fish, the new happy-hour pop-up by the Pubbelly boys, launches today at PB Steak.

The fish-shack concept will serve affordable seafood dishes and rum cocktails weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. during PB Steak's happy hour (which has moved from the regular 6 to 8 p.m. time slot to accommodate PB Fish). Last year, the trio -- Andreas Schreiner, Jose Mendin, and Sergio Navarro -- offered a successful Taco Belly pop-up at the steak house.

See also: Taco Belly: A Summer Pop-Up at PB Steak

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Prohibition: Speakeasy Vibe Coming to Midtown

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Prohibition: Speakeasy comes to midtown.
Prohibition, a new restaurant and lounge, is set to open this month in midtown in the former George's Kitchen space.

Taking a cue from its name, the place will have a Chicago speakeasy vibe, with servers dressed in newsboy caps and ties, à la 1930s.

The restaurant, located in the former George's Kitchen & Loft space, is the vision of owner Shawn Shahnazi, who has more than two decades of restaurant and club experience in Miami and was the owner of Karma in Coral Gables and Envy nightclub in downtown Miami.

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IKEA Miami Now Hiring: 350 Jobs Including Food Service Positions

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Want to make the meatballs?
It's coming! IKEA, the land of affordable assemble-it-yourself furniture, Swedish meatballs, and lingonberry soda is (finally) opening its first Miami-Dade location this summer. (No more schlepping to Sunrise for a twenty-buck end table and some frozen salmon!)

See also: IKEA to Open in Miami: Five Reasons for Foodies to Rejoice

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Orange Blossom: Classic Florida Dining to Open at Boulan South Beach

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Orange Blossom is a tribute to classic Miami.
Sometimes, with all the modern touches, it's difficult to remember Miami's glorious past since not much remains. Sure, we have Vizcaya and the Art Deco district, but our city isn't filled with brass plaques explaining every time a president visited or a writer spent his youth sitting at a certain cafe. That's a shame, because, while we don't go back centuries, we do have quite a colorful history.

Take, for example, the Orange Blossom Special, the luxury passenger train that ferried the earliest snowbirds from New York to Miami for the first half of the 20th Century. The festive, citrus-colored train featured upscale food and drink to entertain its passengers for the 35-hour journey.

Some of that nostalgia and luxury is being remembered by Tatanka Guerrero at his latest venture, Orange Blossom, opening at the Boulan South Beach on Collins Park April 10.

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Jedi Training Academy Opening at Winery; Riedel Lightsabers Included

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John Jordan: Jedi master.
You've heard of Romulan Ale, but did you know that Jedi Knights are masters in the art of fine winemaking?

Jordan Winery in Sonoma County is set to break ground on Planet Earth's first Jedi training academy. The location is, by the way, less than an hour's drive from George Lucas' famed Skywalker Ranch. Completion is expected by early 2015, with the first classes beginning next summer.

See also: "Blurred Lines" Food-Related Parodies: Watch The Awesomeness Here (Video)

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