Wynwood's Coyo Taco Taps Scott Linquist for Executive Chef Position

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Scott Linquist has been tapped to take over Coyo Taco's kitchen.
Coyo Taco, the soon-to-open Wynwood taqueria, is serious about its cuisine.

The small Mexican eatery, located next door to Panther Coffee, has tapped Scott Linquist as its executive chef.

See also: Coyo Taco: Mexican Street Food and Margaritas Coming to Wynwood in November

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Cafe Babbo: Italian Wood-Fired Pizza Coming to the Heart of Wynwood

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Cafe Babbo to open in Wynwood.
Cafe Babbo, a new Italian cafe and wine bar, is set to open in the next few weeks -- right in Wynwood.

The cafe, located at 97 NW 25th Street, is the brainchild of partners Antonio Chia and Alessandro Pazzaglia, childhood friends who have a combined passion for both good, hearty cuisine and art, and are eager to share it with Miami.

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Pascal Oudin's Brasserie Central Opens Today

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Brasserie Central opens today.
Village of Merrick Park Shoppers getting an early start to their holiday shopping can enjoy an authentic French lunch today when Brasserie Central soft opens. The restaurant's official opening date is this Friday, November 21, but hungry diners eager for a taste can come in all this week for a sneak peek.

The French bistro by chef/restaurateur Pascal Oudin of Coral Gables' modern French restaurant, Pascal's on Ponce, will focus on more traditional fare. The 3,000-square-foot, Parisian-style eatery will feature exposed butcher-block tables, bistro chairs, a 14-seat communal table, and a large indoor/outdoor bar. In addition, Le Comptoir, a small oyster bar, will offer raw seafood in an intimate setting.

See also: Pascal Oudin to Open Brasserie Central in Coral Gables

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David's Cafe to Reopen on Alton Road

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It's cafecito time again.
Rejoice, South Beach. David's Café is coming back.

In April, the decades-old Cuban institution on Collins Avenue was shuttered because the surrounding construction hurt business, owners said. The closing followed the 2012 darkening of the Lincoln Road location (due to exorbitant rent), a caffeine-and-grease-laced hideaway for locals and tourists alike.

See also: David's Café Closing Sunday After Nearly Four Decades

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Wynwood Diner to Soft Open for Art Basel

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Rendering of Wynwood Diner.
Wynwood is smoking hot these days, with designers, construction crews, and artists scrambling to finish off on projects in time for Art Basel madness. Luckily for us, a lot of the projects involve new restaurants.

Wynwood Diner, located in the Wynwood Block building at 2601 NW Second Ave., right across the street from Wood Tavern, is scheduled for a soft opening date of early December, making it the perfect spot for hungry gallerinas and artists to grab a well-priced nosh and a few drinks.

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Cleo Opens Friday in SoBe: Chef Danny Elmaleh on His Mediterranean Concept

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Cleo's chef Danny Elmaleh is of Moroccan and Japanese descent.
This Friday, the Redbury Hotel South Beach will open the doors to Cleo, a Mediterranean eatery with an emphasis on small shared plates. Cleo is taking over the space formerly occupied by the Italian restaurant Lorenzo, which closed after less than a year in business.

Expect a raw bar, a selection of salads, Laffa bread (a thick, soft flatbread) and shared plates of meats, seafood and vegetables. This will be the third Cleo. The original opened at the Redbury in Los Angeles in 2010, followed by a Vegas location in earlier this year inside the SLS Hotel. The restaurant will serve daily dinner.

Short Order was able to catch up with Cleo's founder and executive chef Danny Elmaleh via email to gain some intel on his new concept.

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Scott Conant Dishes on the Opening of Corsair: "It's So F***ing Gorgeous"

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The dashing Scott Conant.
In a walkthrough of Corsair, celebrity chef Scott Conant's second Miami endeavor set to open in mid-December at Turnberry Isle, we learned quite a few things about the Chopped judge, Scarpetta owner, and father of two girls. For instance, he likes to curse. And he's a jokester. And in high school, his nickname was "Sexy Little Pancake." Just kidding! (Told you he's a jokester.)

He is, however, so "fucking excited about the pancakes" at Corsair. "They're just sexy," he gushes. The pancakes he's referring to are more like soufflés with chamomile cream. "We're taking the simple things like pancakes and elevating them."

See also: Scott Conant to Open Corsair at Turnberry Isle in November

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The Gang Miami: Food as a Concept of Life Headed to Wynwood

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The Gang Miami: Art and Asian fusion headed to midtown.
Wynwood is getting a new eatery in time for Art Basel. The Gang Miami, billed as an Asian-fusion restaurant, is scheduled to open in a few weeks, in time for Art Basel madness.

Husband and wife Bogdan and Jacqueline Niculae are the co-owners of the Gang Miami, located at 3500 N. Miami Ave., next to Gigi.

See also: Coyo Taco: Mexican Street Food and Margaritas Coming to Wynwood in November

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Michael Mina's Stripsteak Opens on Thursday

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Wagyu duo at Stripsteak
Michael Mina's third Miami-area restaurant is slated to open this Thursday, November 13, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort.

Stripsteak takes over the 12,000-square-foot space formerly held by Gotham Steak. The two-story, 350-seat restaurant will offer both indoor and outdoor dining, as well as several cocktail bars. The space is designed to be "sexy, fun, and engaging."

The opening of Stripsteak will mark the second Fontainebleau Miami Beach restaurant for the chef, who opened Michael Mina 74 in December 2013. The chef also operates Bourbon Steak at the Turnberry Isle in Aventura.

See also: Best Glamorous Restaurant: Michael Mina 74

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Jean Paul Desmaison Opens Harbour Bites in Coconut Grove

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Butifarra sandwich at Jean Paul Desmaison's Harbour Bites.
Jean Paul Desmaison is back, for the moment, inside a stationary trailer in a Coconut Grove parking lot serving his beloved Manchego chorizo empanadas, slicked inside with a sticky layer of fig jam.

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