Season Opener Part II: The Comeback Kids

Get ready, this season is dishing up a lot of new restaurants

Of course these projected gains can't entirely offset the losses. Though I wasn't a fan of La Broche, which ranks tops among the summer's dearly departed, I admired the pluck and persistency of chef Angel Palacios. Rumors that he was headed back to his gurus in and around Barcelona proved both true and false: Palacios has indeed returned to that individualistic city in Spain, but he's found himself a new mentor in German master Roberto Holz, late of the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove. Executive chef Holz has gone to head up the company's Hotel Arts in Barcelona, and has taken on Palacios to be the restaurant chef for the hotel's Restaurant Arola (eponymous chef Sergio Arola is consultant).

Back home, R-CCG Bizcaya Grill restaurant chef Willis Loughhead forges ahead without the inspiration of Holz's lederhosen, crafting yet another festival menu (à la the spring's white asparagus and the summer's tomato-olive oil fetes) for December 12-24. This time around it's being termed "A Holiday Indulgence," and given the menu items so far -- chilled potato soup with caviar tempura and Beluga garnish; cobb salad of green apple, smoked bacon, heirloom tomato, red onion, quail egg, and oyster dressing with paddlefish caviar; sautéed filet mignon with oysters, foie gras, and black truffle sauce -- I'd say "indulge" is pretty apt.

Overindulge is on the ticket for Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, the latest concept to be lobbed by veteran restaurateur Harald Neuweg. On October 23 Gables Mayor Don Slesnick and Dr. Volker Anding, consul general of Germany, cut the ribbon on both the Neuweg-sponsored ninth annual Oktoberfest and F&F. The new German-styled eatery takes over for Da Capo, which served its last meal on September 25, a fact about which Neuweg waxes a touch nostalgic -- as does his accountant. "It was the most beautiful restaurant I ever had in my twenty years as an entrepreneur, and the only restaurant which did not work for me. What a shame. I lost a lot of money these last nine months."

Jeremy Eaton

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Nobu Miami Beach

1901 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: South Beach

Shore Club Hotel

1901 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: South Beach

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

500 Brickell Key Dr
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Hotels and Resorts

Region: Brickell

Pilar

20475 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. G1
Aventura, FL 33180

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: North Dade

Talula

210 23rd St.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Music Venues

Region: Out of Town

Tuscan Steak

433 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: South Beach

Carmen the Restaurant

700 Biltmore Way
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Category: Restaurant > Fusion

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

OLA at Sanctuary Hotel

1745 James Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Contemporary

Region: South Beach

Chispa

225 Altara Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33146-1422

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

La Broche Restaurante

1155 Brickell Bay Drive
Miami, FL 33131-2983

Category: Restaurant >

Region: Downtown/Overtown

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Still Neuweg is "looking forward to this new project. The new restaurant is part Hofbrauhaus, part sports bar and people dancing on the tables and benches. Service is mostly bierhaus girls in lederhosen." Certainly that'll be a mite sexier than lederhosen-clad Holz peeling asparagus in the lobby of the Ritz. Indeed, Neuweg notes, "I am going to give Hooters a run for the money."

Nor is he the only one with his sights set on Hooters. Former Miami Heat player Tim Hardaway and partner Musaddiq Muhammed are launching Hardaway's House of Wings in Coconut Grove on November 1. The pair promise a chic take-out/delivery facility that offers 31 flavors of wings. We can only hope that this Baskin-Robbins of bird parts merits more positive attention than Hardaway's Firehouse Four, which is set to become a tapas bar under new ownership this fall. For now, like Neuweg, the House of Wings folks are already looking ahead to possible franchising. Well, why not. When it comes to season, we're all winging it.

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