Jerry's Deli Closes: Goodbye Mile-High Pastrami Sandwiches

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Jerry's Famous Deli has closed.
After more than a dozen years serving pastrami to South Beach night owls, tourists, and locals alike, Jerry's Famous Deli has closed. The restaurant shuttered its doors last weekend.

See also: 100 Favorite Dishes: Matzo Ball Soup at Jerry's Deli

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Is Steve Martorano Relocating to SoBe?

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Is Cafe Martorano relocating to SoBe?
Nearly two dozen years ago, a burly cook from Philly leased a restaurant space in a questionable part of Fort Lauderdale with the thought of serving old-school Italian dishes.

Now, Steve Martorano is a branded celebrity with two restaurants in Broward County, one in Las Vegas (with a second on the way), and the imminent opening of a location in Atlantic City. At his flagship Cafe Martorano on Oakland Park Boulevard (which underwent a major renovation less than two years ago), celebrities and sports figures savor his meatballs and dance to his music. (Martorano takes over the turntables when the mood strikes.) He's a frequent guest on Jimmy Kimmel's talk show, is a best-selling author, and has his own jewelry line.

The only thing missing? A South Beach location. Martorano and Miami Beach seem like a perfect match. The muscular cook (don't call him a chef) would fit right into the SoBe scene of bright lights and music, and his celebrity clientele wouldn't have to schlep up to Broward for some pasta. Martorano has been tossing the idea around for a while. Last year, he told Short Order: "I've been eyeing this one space. I looked at it three times already. I think that means something."

See also: Steve Martorano Closer to Opening a SoBe Location

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Is Porcao Farm to Grill Closed for Good?

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Porçao: Is it closed?
Is Porçao Farm to Grill closed?

Miami.com is reporting the restaurant has closed after opening just about two months ago, stating that "a walk-by during prime dinner time Saturday night revealed a dark, empty, shuttered restaurant."

The answer, however, is not so cut-and-dried.

See also: Porcao Farm to Grill in Brickell: Cart Service and Fresh Flavors (Photos)

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Michael Schwartz To Open Michael's Genuine Pub?

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Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine
Michael Schwartz, the man behind Michael's Genuine Home Brew, Michael's Genuine Food and Drink and Harry's Pizzeria, may have another project on the horizon, Michael's Genuine Pub.

No announcement from Schwartz was made regarding a pub, however a trademark for a Michael's Genuine Pub was filed by the parent company, the Genuine Hospitality Group, last July with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and published for opposition on January 28.

See also: Michael's Genuine Home Brew Officially Launches Next Month, Miami Homebrew Goes National

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Will Michael Mina Take Over Gotham Steak at Fontainebleau?

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Michael Mina to open another Miami Beach restaurant?
It seems as though Michael Mina is very bullish about restaurant opportunities at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

The chef recently opened Michael Mina 74, an upscale restaurant/lounge at the megaresort, where diners can feast on burgers with duck-fat fries and fresh seafood straight off a dedicated boat well into the wee hours of the morning.

See also: Michael Mina Chats About Michael Mina 74 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach

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Exclusive: Jeff McInnis Responds to Ex-Wife's Allegations of Cheating, Abandonment

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Jeff McInnis making chicken in New York City.
Earlier this week, Miami.com reported that Melissa McInnis, ex-wife of Top Chef alum and former Yardbird top toque Jeff McInnis, had some pretty strong allegations about her ex-husband.

The former Mrs. McInnis, who has a young daughter with the chef, told Miami.com's Lesley Abravanel that, "Jeff abandoned me and his small infant child." Melissa McInnis also said that 50 Eggs' John Kunkel gave her ex a million dollars when they parted ways. "He lied about the money he got from John and emptied our bank account," she said, adding  "I will fight until we get what's rightfully ours. We helped him build his name, his brand, everything, and for him to be this despicable and abandon us, it's absurd. I do not know how he can look himself in the mirror every day."

In addition, Melissa McInnis told Eater Miami that her ex-husband is a "backstabbing buttface."

Back in July, McInnis departed Yardbird, telling Short Order he wanted to "get back to why I fell in love with this industry in the first place."

See also: Jeff McInnis Departs Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

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Concrete Beach Brewery: Miami To Get Another New Beer Maker

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Alan Newman
Another new brewery could be coming to Miami. Alchemy and Science Brewing Collaborative, the Vermont-based company with a growing brood of craft breweries, filed a trademark application for Concrete Beach Brewery in August.

Even more telling, a basic search for the aforementioned name yields three trademark results, all of them filed by A&S, one of them containing the word "Stiltsville". Last July we reported that A&S, also a subsidiary of Boston Beer Corporation, might be staking a claim somewhere in Miami.

See Also: Boston Beer Company Coming to Miami? UPDATED

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Boston Beer Company Coming to Miami? UPDATED

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Will Miami become Beer City USA?
The Magic City might be getting some high-profile attention from the largest craft brewery in the United States, the Boston Beer Company, brewer of Sam Adams beer.

Is it true? If so, then this would be a huge boost to the craft beer scene in Miami, which is already on the cusp of seeing the opening of several new breweries.

See also:
- Miller Time in Miami: Miller Beer Moving Latin American HQ to Miami
- Misfit Home-Brewers Help Lead Miami's Craft Beer Invasion
- Jim Patton, Wynwood Brewing Genius, Talks Craft Beer, Abita and Anthropology


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New York's Milk Burger Coming to Miami, Maybe

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Word on the street is that New York burger joint, Milk Burger, is opening up an outpost in Miami.

While we couldn't reach anyone to confirm the details of where or when to expect the opening, a Twitter account was created with the handle @MilkBurgerMiami and on December 14, the account holder Tweeted, "Welcome to our Milk Burger Miami Twitter account. We're gearing up for our migration into the sunny state of Florida! Stay tuned..."

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Jonathan Cheban and Kim Kardashian Lunch While He Awaits the Opening of Sushi MiKasa

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Kim Kardashian via Twitter
Pals sipping on a frrrozen hot chocolate.
Kardashian pal, reality television personality, and restaurateur Jonathan Cheban is putting the final touches on the South Beach outpost of his Brooklyn eatery, Sushi MiKasa.

The restaurant, which was slated to open in time for Art Basel, isn't quite ready, but the Brooklyn flagship did mention that the SoBe space at the Shelborne Beach Resort should be open next weekend. The restaurant is taking reservations via phone at 305-535-3500. Sushi MiKasa features a standard upscale-sushi menu in keeping with a South Beach theme.

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