Ralph Pagano's Naked Lunch Coming Soon

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Ralph Pagano gets "naked" again.
Ralph Pagano, owner of Naked Taco, the South Beach Mexican restaurant with a party vibe and chef-driven food, is opening Naked Lunch at the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park.

The restaurant, a combination deli and diner, will open some time in the end of January 2015 and will be open Monday to Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Naked Lunch will also offer free parking.

See also: Naked Taco's Weekend Brunch: Eggs and Tequila Crush Your Hangover

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Ted's at YoungArts Opens Today

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Ted's at YoungArts opens.
Ted's at YoungArts, the artistic and culinary collaboration between the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) and Starr Restaurants Catering Group, soft opens today, December 17, in Miami's YoungArts tower building.

Dubbed an "intimate cultural lounge and eatery," the space allows guests to try unique dishes while experiencing visual and performing arts performances curated by YoungArts. Programs involving various media like dance; photography; video installation; popular, classic and jazz music; and spoken word will be explored.

See also: Ted's at YoungArts, a Gastro-Entertainment Venue, to Open in December

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STK Miami: Flood Delays Opening Until 2015

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STK Miami: Setback to reopening.
STK, the sultry South Beach steakhouse that was set to reopen at 1 Hotel & Homes, has run into a major setback.

The restaurant, which was supposed to open in December, according to parent company the ONE Group Hospitality, Inc., sustained water damage after a hotel subcontractor broke a sprinkler head above the restaurant.

See also: STK to Reopen at 1 Hotel & Homes December 12

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Whole Foods Market Opening in Downtown Miami

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Downtown Miami residents will have a place to purchase sustainable seafood, local produce, and organic foods when Whole Foods Market opens January 14.

The market is part of the Texas-based grocer that has been named one of Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" every year since the list began in 1998.

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Novecento and IT Espresso Lounge Open in Midtown: Party Brunch Coming Soon

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All photos by Carla Torres
Veal bolognese
Novecento, the popular Argentine bistro-style steakhouse with locations in Brickell, Key Biscayne, and Aventura, now has another neighborhood to add to its count. Novecento Midtown opened at the end of November, and with it a place just next door by the name of IT Espresso Lounge.

The group behind Novecento has partnered with Alejandro Ferllen, the creative mind behind Euro hotspot Segafredo. Both locales proffer food, but IT Espresso Lounge is a fresh alternative to the traditional coffee break. It includes mixologist-designed cocktails, artisanal coffee, and bottle service behind a 1959 Fiat outfitted as a DJ booth. Short Order was invited to sample Novecento Midtown and its unique menu offerings.

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My Ceviche Coming to Midtown Miami

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Coming to Midtown soon.
My Ceviche, the Miami-based fast-casual spot positioning itself to become the Chipotle of the raw fish game, will open a new location in Midtown in the former Machiya space.

See also: My Ceviche to Open in South Miami

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American Social Opens in Brickell: Self-Serve Craft Beer, Burgers, and Sports

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Craft beer haven.
Every guy dreams of having a man cave, the kind of place equipped with self-serve craft beer, 25 TVs to properly watch sports games simultaneously without having to lift a finger to change the channel, comfortable seating with plush American flag pillows, and burgers. Lots of them. Sounds like the American dream, huh? It's close, and it's all happening at American Social.

After what seems like ages of anticipation, Fort Lauderdale's popular American comfort gastropub/bar/weekend lounge has opened on the ground floor of the Neo Vertika building (where Waxy's used to be). You know the space -- all 10,000 square feet of it. And now you'll become even more familiar because AmSo (that's what American Social likes to be called) is the kind of place you never want to leave. Not when you've got a gargantuan booth with built-in taps that fits eight people. It's like your home away from home.

See also: American Social: Fort Lauderdale Gastropub to Open Brickell Location

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Second Stephen Starr Restaurant Set to Open in Bal Harbour

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The interior of Starr's waterfront Verde restaurant inside the PAMM.
Stephen Starr has quite the year ahead of him, and it's about to get even busier. The restaurateur announced he's opening another eatery in Bal Harbour Shops in the space La Goulue once called home. It will be just seconds away from Makoto, Starr's popular Japanese restaurant.

Details such as the venue's name and overall concept are still under wraps, but the Philadelphia restaurateur told Miami.com, "maybe French with a twist." The space will be designed by Shawn Hausman who has worked with Starr on some of his other concepts and designed the Standard Hotel in Miami.

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GastroPod's Noodle Head Hangs Out in Wynwood After Basel

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House made spaghetti with kale pesto.
Jeremiah Bullfrog's shipping containers that sustained the Art Basel masses with Royals with cheese and bouncy alkaline noodles topped with spicy, hammy XO sauce will be sticking around Wynwood a bit longer to serve a temporary test kitchen for the mostly mobile chef.

See also: Jeremiah Bullfrog Pops Up at Two Locations During Art Basel

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Pubbelly's Andres Schreiner on PB Station: "Miami Hasn't Seen Anything Like It Before"

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The Pubbelly Boys are opening a downtown Miami restaurant.
Hot on the heels of the opening of L'Echon Brasserie at the Hilton Cabana Hotel, the Pubbelly Boys, Andreas Schreiner, Jose Mendin, and Sergio Navarro, are expanding their growing restaurant roster. This time, the boys are headed across the river, to downtown Miami.

PB Station will open at the Langford Hotel, a boutique hotel opening at the former Miami National Bank Building at 121 SE First St. According to Pubbelly partner and co-founder Andres Schreiner, the restaurant should open within the first quarter of 2015. PB Station will take up space on the first floor of the intimate hotel and the team is busy building out the space from scratch.

See also: PB Steak to Close in Miami Beach, Plans to Move "Over the Bridge"

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