Total Wine & More Coming to South Beach

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Total Wine is opening in South Beach
Total Wine & More is coming to South Beach. The Next Time reported that the wine and spirits retailer is headed to the Fifth & Alton shopping center.

New Times has confirmed that the Maryland-based retailer has inked a lease deal to open a store in the former Staples spot. Edward Cooper, vice president of public affairs and community relations, said, "We are really excited about opening a location in South Beach and believe that this is an area and a demographic that fits in with our concept."

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Uncle Tom's Barbecue Opens in Hialeah

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Uncle Tom's opens in Hialeah
Uncle Tom's Barbecue is opening up its second location today, in Hialeah.

The restaurant, which has been serving ribs and chicken to Miamians since 1948, will officially open its doors at 2200 Palm Ave. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. City of Hialeah mayor Carlos Hernandez, along with Dennis Fantis (son of Uncle Tom's founder, Tom Fantis), will do the honors of officially marking the grand opening.

Uncle Tom's Ariel Rodriguez said that opening a Hieleah location "wasn't in the plans", until an act of sheer fate happened.

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Quality Meats Opens Friday: House-Made Charcuterie and Negronis on Tap

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Quality Meats' charcuterie is made in-house.
The Miami outpost of New York City-based Quality Meats will open this Friday, February 27, at 1501 Collins Ave. in South Beach.

The decor is inspired by the original art deco design of the former Bancroft Hotel. Terrazzo flooring and the original reception desk -- now turned into a butcher counter -- have been incorporated into the new space, which seats 120 indoors and 70 on the patio.

The eatery/butcher shop, owned by Fourth Wall Restaurants, is led by executive chef/partner Craig Koketsu and Quality Meats Miami Beach executive chef Patrick Rebholz.

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Kevin Aoki, Roman Jones to Open Otabe Japanese BBQ Near Wynwood

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Rendering courtesy of Canvas.
Otabe will be located on the ground floor of Canvas.
Miami developers have big plans for the Arts & Entertainment District. This area, just south of Wynwood, is home to the Adrienne Arsht Center, PĂ©rez Art Museum Miami, and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

One of the latest projects to begin is Canvas Condos, a 513-unit, 36-story condominium to be located at 1630 NE First Ave.

Although groundbreaking won't happen until later this year, with a completion date of 2017, there's already buzz about the restaurant to be located in the space.

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El Bulli Veteran Najat Kaanache on Opening of Piripi: "We're Very Close"

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The Village of Merrick Park got a bit more Parisian with the opening of Pascal Oudin's Brasserie Central. The European flair will continue when El Bulli veteran Najat Kaanache opens Piripi in the ritzy outdoor mall in a couple of weeks.

Piripi, which is Spanish slang for tipsy or buzzed, refers to the state between dreamlike awareness and reality. Although the restaurant will be Spanish, don't expect tapas. "We don't use the word 'tapas' in this Piripi concept," Kaanache explains. "We have a new word that we think is fun, and we want to teach and educate, and that goes with the concept."

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Lewellyn's Chicken & Biscuits: John Kunkel Expands Empire

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Lewellyn's famous fried chicken is coming to UM.
50 Eggs' John Kunkel is on a world-domination binge.

Fresh on the heels of the announcement of his new BTW restaurant in the former Lime Space on Alton Road, the restaurateur/entrepreneur is planning a fast-casual fried chicken restaurant.

See also: BTW (Burgers, Tacos, Whiskey) to Open Thursday in Former Lime Spot

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Mellow Mushroom Opens in South Miami: Stoner-Themed Pizza

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Philosopher's pie
Mellow Mushroom, the stone-baked pizza chain with a "stoner" theme, is opening its first Miami-area restaurant early next week.

The restaurant, located at 5701 Sunset Dr. in South Miami, is set to open Monday, February 23, according to Mellow Mushroom Miami's first (and so far only) tweet.

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BTW (Burgers, Tacos, Whiskey) to Open Thursday in Former Lime Spot

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So long, Lime! Hello, BTW!
Tacos are clearly having a moment, and in many ways, restaurateur John Kunkel has come full circle as he gears up to open the chef-driven BTW (Burgers, Tacos, Whiskey) in the former flagship Lime South Beach location this Thursday.

"It's looking likely for Thursday," a BTW spokesperson said. "As you know, opening scheduling can be a moving target."

See also: 50 Eggs Opening a Taco Spot?

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Ms. Cheezious Grand Opening: S'mores, Mackin' Melt, and Frito Pie Grilled Cheese (Photos)

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Mac daddy of grilled cheese.
Few things have the power to take you back to your childhood the way s'mores, mac 'n' cheese, Frito pie, and grilled cheese do. And there's really no reason, as adults, we should give up any of them, especially when we can have them together -- thanks to the fine folks behind the roving food truck turned brick-and-mortar Ms. Cheezious. "We've been wanting to do these items for a while," says grilled-cheese whiz Brian Mullins. "It was just a matter of waiting for the right time."

To celebrate its permanent location, Ms. Cheezious threw a grand-opening bash Friday night that invited fans and avid followers to nosh on never-before-served items such as the s'mores melt, along with specials from the past five years, which are now a permanent fixture at the MiMo restaurant. In other words, no more hunting down the sexiest sandwich lady in the Magic City for a Southern chicken 'n' waffle melt or short rib melt.

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Deck 16 to Open at Hyatt Centric South Beach

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Deck 16 will feature indoor/outdoor dining.
When the Hyatt Centric South Beach opens in April, locals and tourists alike will be able to enjoy the restaurant Deck 16, located on the hotel's third-floor indoor-outdoor patio and pool deck.

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