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Nov 25, 2007 07:58 AM

Red Light and Kris Wessel (Miami)

I drive by the Motel Blu a few times a week in the hopes of seeing the space completed. Anyone know when he's supposed to open? I'm hungry!

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  1. What's supposed to open in Motel Blu? Sorry for the ignorance....

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    1. re: mialebven

      Kris Wessel, formerly of Liaison on Espanola Way and Elia in Bal Harbour, is open up a new place called Red Light in the Motel Blu at around 70th & Biscayne Blvd. I drive by every day on the way to work. My commute is too early in the day to see whether folks are working or not, but I haven't seen much visible progress in the past month. It looks like they have banquettes and lights already installed.

      1. re: Frodnesor

        I heard a rumor that there will be brunch around the pool and a raw bar as well. Do we know if there will be a resto in the Vagabond hotel?

        1. re: chocolada

          The restaurant space at Motel Blu backs onto a little river and I know they're looking to use that back space - didn't know about the pool area.

          The Vagabond has a sign up to lease restaurant space and it could be an awesomely neat space if done right. I was under the impression they were converting the hotel to all office / retail space, but I could be wrong, I see some articles saying they are looking to put in some retail but also re-start a hotel operation as well.

          Another space that is screaming for a good restaurant is the International Inn on the beach side of 79th Street Causeway. MIMO architecture and huge two-story-glass views of Biscayne Bay.

        2. re: Frodnesor

          Paninoteca was great when he was there. Never made it to Elia. How was it?

          1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

            Elia was really nice. Mediterranean bent to it, some interesting dishes. It was in the space which is now La Goulue (and was also for a time Petrossian, another place I miss). Liaison, Wessel's place on Espanola which was sort of New Orleans style, was great too.

            Both of these were restaurants where after they closed I was kicking myself for not going more often.

            1. re: Frodnesor

              I still can't figure out why Carpaccio is always packed and the restaurant on the opposite side never makes it.

              Wessel is from New Orleans and I hope his new place is in that style.

              1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                The Vagabond is a sensational space; I hope we get another winner on this side of the causeway. There's signage for a Bengali resto on 20th and another potential churrascarria (pardon my spelling) on 30th.

      2. Just posting here what I noted in another thread ->
        Red Light (Kris Wessel - sp? new place in Motel Blu at 70th & Biscayne) is looking closer - appears that the bar is in and fully stocked. Can't tell what's going on in back of house but seems they're making progress.

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        1. re: Frodnesor

          Saw that some of the plastic was off of the booths and the side has been painted with red and white stripes. I drove by a few weeks ago and there seemed to have been a party. The inside and outside sections were packed. Maybe it was a painting party because everything looked covered with tarp the next day. Regardless, I'm looking forward to the opening. The location is a huge gamble but it seems Kris Wessel isn't afraid of a challenge given Liason's location on Espanola. I think he'll get a more receptive audience in this location.

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            1. I see that Red Light is tied in to Art Walk in the MiMo association, there is some event tied to Basel this weekend.

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              1. re: bocha

                Doors were open, folks were inside, valet parking for Art Basel was set up (maybe they're running a bus back and forth), so something definitely going on this weekend.