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Oct 18, 2008 07:56 AM

New or coming soon '09 edition (Miami)

It's almost November and the old thread is really long at this point so I figured it was time to start a new one for 2009.

Per Leslie @The Herald, Buddaken (nyc) signed a lease South of Fifth. Stephen Starr also owns Morimoto among others.

Leslie also reported that Hot Tuna (Asian fusion) is opening at 764 Wash. Described as Coyote Ugly meets upscale... okayyyyyyy

We will also be able to get "molecular gastronomy bites" at Hed Kandi Lounge in the old Afterglow spot. They are calling it a gastro-lounge , the food is said to be tapas style and 100 percent interactive. I'm not sure what that all means. Can't we just get a great gastro pub first??

I'm sure you have heard by now that Michelle Bernstein is opening a tapas restaurant in the Domo Japones spot in the design district. I believe they are shooting for early next year.

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  1. Good idea. Some of these may be repetitive of items on the other thread ->

    There's a billboard up on 195 for the new restaurants opening up in the Fontainebleu Hotel on Miami Beach - Gotham (Alfred Portale), Scarpetta (Scott Conant) and Hakkasan (originally Alan Yau, though I don't believe he's directly involved anymore).

    La Moon (Colombian) has opened up a new spot in Coral Gables.

    Torange (Persian) is opening up in Coral Gables (I think it's the former Saigon City spot).

    Ceviche 105 (Peruvian) downtown.

    Saw signs up on one of the buildings on Brickell Ave. for El Gran Inka (Peruvian) and Sushi Siam.

    Bengal (Indian) recently opened on Biscayne Blvd. around 20th St.

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      In Sobe:
      Sardinia's next door pizza joint will probably be open next year.

      My guess is the million steakhouses that are opening will finish after 2008 some of them are:
      That michael kane place on lincoln

      P112 is opening up Pime Italian across the street

      1. re: tpigeon

        Michael Caine place on Lincoln Road? What is it, 1995? Michael Caine opened up South Beach Brasserie in what became the Touch location more than a decade ago. Are you talking about something else?

        1. re: Frodnesor

          TP, are you referring to Meat Market that the Touch crew are opening at the old Pacific Time spot? Regardless, that is coming soon.

          1. re: The Chowfather

            Yes I am. Probably in 08. I am not excited. Just thought I would mention it.

              1. re: The Chowfather

                Sleek site, but in their menu they spelled "quail" as "quaill" and tartar as "tar-tar". If I was an English teacher I'd be going mad with a red marker in this city.

                1. re: The Chowfather

                  Menu looks good. When is it open? I wish theyd post pricing but understand why they dont. Its just nice to know going into it...

            1. re: Frodnesor

              Gotham Steak opens today 11/24.
              menu below. I have 0 interest in heading over to the Fountainbleu...

              1. re: The Chowfather

                CF I will try this place soon but my instinct tells me you will be missing out if you don't go to the fountainbleu, especially for Hakkasan - many people consider the one in london to be the best dumpling house in the world. I have never been but am dying to go. As for gotham, I like the operators and I like the fact they use wood burning charcoal instead of gas...

                1. re: tpigeon

                  I chatted with a member of Hakkasan's corporate office, and the restaurant is planning on opening in January or February of 2009.

              1. re: lax2mia

                I wonder about Katsuya in 09. I don't see any progress at Ritz Plaza...

                Daniel Boulud's place in downtown Miami should open in 09

                1. re: lax2mia

                  I think Au Pied de Cochon just opened... has anyone tried this place?

                2. Apple Restaurant and Lounge, from LA, is going into the former Snatch/Suite space on Washington at Espanola Way. Chef is Bryan Ogden, son of Bradley.

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                  1. re: rockysobe

                    Apple is slated to open at the end of this month (February 09). It will have the celebrity draw like it's sister store in LA but will focus more on being a restaurant than lounge. 1437 Washington Ave. Miami Beach (yes, valet will be available)

                    1. re: crystalberry

                      I'm always curious, how does anyone know a restaurant will be a "celebrity draw" before it's opened?

                        1. re: crystalberry

                          Crystal Berry, a spokeswoman for the restaurant, declined comment.

                          1. re: The Chowfather

                            Kardashians will be spotted there on 6/2

                            1. re: lax2mia

                              ha! meanwhile why is there a sign in the window saying opening winter 2009 or something like that?

                            2. re: The Chowfather

                              Food sounds enticing, if high priced. Drinks, a selection of 6 vodka based "cocktails", are embarrassing. They sound good and probably will be a hit in Miami (even at $15 a pop), but there's no real bar if all you feature is vodka.

                                1. re: Frodnesor

                                  I actually commented on that in your review. The self-promotion is in very poor taste, and combined with vodka drinks and steep prices I expect the place to fail. Didn't want to be so voluble prior to trying it though. I'll try it a year or 2 in.

                          2. New cajun-creole on Wash ave.

                            "Ahnvee, a Cajun-Creole restaurant and “laid-back lounge” will open at 621 Washington Avenue (the old “Strand” location) in late-2008/early 2009. Executive chef Tom Azar, most recently having served the same function at Emeril’s Miami Beach, will be putting out skillet cornbread with honey butter glaze; fried alligator; crawfish-and-rice croquettes, and house-made andouille sausage with quail egg and sweet potato biscuit. And that’s just for starters"

                            source: New Times

                            1. Per UrbanDaddy, "Enso" just opened on Lincoln Road toward east end between Washington and Drexel. Four chefs supposedly trained w/ Ferran Adria doing alta cocina ... and a sushi bar.

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                              1. re: Frodnesor

                                yes, and the food sounds very interesting. might not work, but interesting nonetheless.

                                1. re: Blind Mind

                                  I hope these places do well but I am not optimistic.

                                  1. re: tpigeon

                                    I walked by it on Halloween and thought it looked a little different than most places on that stretch of Lincoln Rd. but unfortunately it's located on that stretch of Lincoln Rd. There was a pastry chef doing a window demonstration making pumpkins out of sugar and he looked totally out of his element watching a bunch of costumed people go by. The space looked nice but didn't get to see a menu.