Katsuya Revamps Menu: "We're Getting Fish From Japan and Locally"

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All photos by Carla Torres
Check out this beauty.
It's been two years that Katsuya has been serving up sashimi to the health-conscious crowd of South Beach. The brand, which opened in Los Angeles in 1997 and expanded outside of the Golden State just two years ago, is spreading rather quickly.

In just two years, chef Katsuya Uechi has opened outposts in Dubai, Las Vegas, and Kuwait, with the Bahamas, Qatar in the Persian Gulf, South Africa, and a downtown Miami location all planned for 2015. Uechi is a sushi master and a busy man. Somewhere in that schedule, though, he found time to drop by the Magic City to put his seal of approval on executive chef Jose Icardi's revamped menu, which Short Order got to sample.

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

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Coyo. Tacos and margaritas coming to Wynwood.
Wynwood Art Walk strollers will soon be able to take a taco (and tequila) break when Coyo Taco opens in November, next door to Panther Coffee at 2300 NW 2 Ave.

The small taqueria, named after Mexico City's own version of Wynwood, the bohemian arts district of Coyoacán, will feature homemade tacos using farm fresh ingredients for a "genuine street food experience".

See also: Panther Coffee Brews Up a Specialty Scene in Miami


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Barley & Swine Closes, Barley & Wich to Open

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Short rib sandwich on the menu at Barley & Wich.
In what could be called a Barley & Swine kind of pun, Jorgie Ramos, owner of B&S Gastropub (AKA Barley & Swine) is making a purse out of a sow's ear.

The restaurateur/chef closed his Kendall restaurant after the condominium his restaurant was located in began work on improvements that covered up his exhaust system, forcing smoke back into the kitchen. As Ramos told Short Order, "People are complaining of teary eyes. If I have a restaurant filled with smoke, I'll lose my reputation."

See also: Barley & Swine Owner on Possible Closure: "I Have 20 People Working For Me"

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Barley & Swine Owner on Possible Closure: "I Have 20 People Working For Me" UPDATED

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B&S Gastropub: Construction is killing business.
UPDATE: B&S Gastropub has, indeed closed. According to Jorgie Ramos, "We closed the doors last night. We're hoping it's just temporart, but not sure." Stay tuned for updates to this story.

Kendall's B&S Gastropub's owner Jorgie Ramos is in a bitter feud with the condominium his restaurant is located in after building owners initiated repairs that are impeding with the restaurant's ability to operate properly, Eater reports.

Ramos said the restaurant, popularly known as Barley & Swine, is filled with smoke due to construction that has covered up the restaurant's exhaust system. The chef/owner says that the blockage is "forcing all the smoke back into the kitchen" and that customers have been complaining of smelling smoke and tearing eyes. Ramos explains that the outside and inside pressure is sucking the fresh air out and all the smoke back in.

See also: Barley & Swine, Faced With Trademark Infringement Allegation, Changes Name to B&S Gastropub

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Bocce Bar's New Menu: Oxtail Canneloni, Beet Ravioli, and Squid Ink Gnocchetti (Photos)

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All photos by Carla Torres
Bocce pasta gets a makeover
Back in July, Bocce Bar announced a change in its kitchen staff. Timon Balloo, who opened the Italian restaurant with a bocce court out front, would give up his role and stick at the neighboring Sugarcane, and Daniel Tackett would take over Bocce's kitchen as executive chef.

Together with chef de cuisine Nunzio Fuschillo and Balloo, Tackett has created a menu that has traces of the best of Bocce Bar from when it opened and new dishes that speak to the future of the Italian eatery.

See also: Bocce Bar Announces New Executive Chef; Timon Balloo at Sugarcane Full Time

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Albert Trummer's The Drawing Room: Fire, Elixirs, and Prescription Potables

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All photos by Laine Doss
Albert Trummer: One part mad scientist. One part genius mixologist.
Albert Trummer prefers being called a pharmacist to a mixologist. And, he's correct, in a fashion.

Long before there were pills to be popped to assist your sleep, give you energy, or help you "get it up," pharmacists prescribed tinctures, elixirs, and potables that "cured what ailed you." Some of them were backed in the centuries-old science of herbal medicine. Others were purely snake oil. And most of them were alcohol-based. In fact, Peychaud's bitters were invented by a local New Orleans pharmacist named Antione Amedie Peychaud. His bitters were the roots of the Sazerac cocktail, which was used as a cure-all for everything from nerves to insomnia.

Trummer is a modern-day version of these pharmacist/bartenders, only his laboratory is behind the bar of the Drawing Room, which recently opened at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach. The bar is decorated in warm sepia tones, so when you arrive you actually feel like you're walked into an old movie.

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

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Josh's Deli to Begin Dinner Service: Escargot Pasta and Bone Marrow Pizza

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Bill Wisser
Josh Marcus is ready for the fall weather.
You know how to tell fall is right around the corner? Josh Marcus, Josh's Deli's owner, decides to fire up the wood burning oven.

"I'm going to the Grand Canyon for a few weeks and when I get back, it won't be that hot anymore. That's an important aspect of cooking with a wood burning oven," Marcus says.

The chef/restaurateur will return in late October from a journey that will take him on a culinary and spiritual journey though the United States. Then, Josh's Deli will open for dinner from Thursday - Sunday evenings, starting October 23.

See also: Josh's Deli: Reubens, Jewbans, and More

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Is Scott Conant Opening a Second Miami Restaurant?

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Laine Doss
Is Scott Conant inking a new deal in Miami?
Celebrity chef Scott Conant has a lot on his plate.

The chef, who is frequently seen on many Food Network shows including Chopped, is a successful cookbook author and restaurateur. His Scarpetta first opened in New York City in spring 2008. A Miami Beach location, at the Fontainebleau, opened later that year. Additionally, there are Scarpettas in Beverly Hills, Toronto, and Las Vegas, along with another endeavor, D.O.C.G. Enoteca, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

Does the chef have plans to expand his culinary empire in Miami?

See also: Scott Conant Dishes on Scarpetta's Fifth Anniversary, His New Book, and Miami's Food Scene

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The Seven Dials in Coral Gables: Foie Gras on Zak the Baker Toast and Fried Kalamata Olives

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All photos by Carla Torres
This bone marrow has ginger.
Coral Gables isn't nationally known as a dining destination, but the place is actually swarming with hidden gems and restaurants that have put the area on the map. Sure, you have the ever-popular Ortanique on the Mile, Eating House, and Swine. But there are also lesser-known options like Uvaggio and Seven Dials, which quietly opened a couple of weeks ago.

The gastropub describes itself as eclectic American. It's run by British chef Andrew Gilbert, whose resume includes Michy's, Sra. Martinez, and the Local Craft Food & Drink, who deemed it time to open his own restaurant. Short Order was invited in for a bite of Gilbert's offerings.

See also: The Seven Dials American Gastropub Opens in Coral Gables

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August 2014 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

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Laine Doss
Mignonette opened in August. Take a friend. Don't be shellfish.
August may be traditionally a slow month for Miami's restaurant industry, but you could hardly tell from the extensive list of openings.

Notable openings include Mignonette, the intimate oyster bar by chef Danny Serfer (Blue Collar) and blogger Ryan Roman; and Cantina la Veinte, the first foray into the U.S. market for Mexico's Cinbersol Group.

Restaurant closings confounded us this month. Two places serving impeccable food by well established restaurateurs closed: Pubbelly Group's PB Steak (with the promise to move to the mainland); and Lorenzo, Tony Mantuano's Italian bistro. Even more baffling was the closing of Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse, a Brickell restaurant that opened in July, then mysteriously shuttered about a month later.

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