Lucky Strike Closes on South Beach; No Trader Joe's in Sight

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Lucky Strike strikes out.
Lucky Strike, the bowling-with-cocktails venue just off Lincoln Road, has closed.

Even though the lease doesn't end until the beginning of 2015, Lucky Strike chose to cancel a planned New Year's Eve party. Yesterday was its last official day.

See also: Jugofresh to Open in Downtown Whole Foods Market

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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.

See also: Wynwood's Five Best Bars

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4th Age Brewing Headed to Wynwood, Eater Reports

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4th Age Brewing Company: Is Wynwood gaining a fourth brewery?
When 4th Age Brewing Company's Chris Campos and Daniel Morales began their voyage into beer production, they brewed a modest five gallons a month as a hobby. But when the amount of drinkable frothy concoction swelled to as much as 35 gallons per week, costing tens of thousands of dollars, the two friends considered turning their zythological endeavor into a career.

The guys behind 4th Age Brewing have not spoken publicly about their specific intentions to establish a brewery. State records show Morales and Campos have registered a corporation under the name "Miami Beer Ventures LLC." But a brewery might be coming sooner than we think, at least according to an interview published yesterday on Eater Miami.

See also: 4th Age Brewing: Chris Campos and Danny Morales Hang a Shingle

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Sweet Liberty Drink and Supply Company to Open in South Beach

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John Lermayer and partners opening Sweet Liberty
The Miami cocktail scene is getting an exciting new addition to the already growing list of bars and lounges serving up creative cocktails.

The big news? The dream team behind the operation.

Regent Cocktail Club's John Lermayer, the team behind Blackbird Ordinary, and David Martinez of Michy's are partnering up to open Sweet Liberty Drink and Supply Company.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Bartenders

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Is Scott Conant Opening a Second Miami Restaurant?

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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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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? 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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