South Street Restaurant & Bar, the Motown-inspired restaurant in the Design District, has closed.
The restaurant's Facebook page simply states, "South Street is closed... STAY TUNED FOR WHAT'S NEXT." The phone at the restaurant went unanswered at 7:15 last night, and a call to sister restaurant Gig ... More >>
When Pearline Murray opened Clive's Café in Wynwood 38 years ago, the budding neighborhood was much more working-class than mustached hipster. For nearly four decades, Murray and partner/sister Gloria Chin have witnessed the rise of the Shops at Midtown Miami, the success of Amir Ben-Zion's Bardot ... More >>
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In 2012, many notable eateries closed up shop. In some cases, we shed a tear as we watched them go. In others, well, our bets had been placed for quite a while. (Sustain Restaurant & Bar was just a few sad, happy hours away from my late-April wager.)
This past year, most losses were felt in the Des ... More >>
Cooper Avenue, the Amir Ben-Zion eatery/market that opened in September has closed temporarily.Yesterday evening, as tourists and locals jammed Lincoln Road to shop and dine in the days before Christmas, the "open" sign was lit outside the restaurant, but the lights inside were dim and chairs were s ... More >>
Open your windows, turn off your air conditioner and enjoy this glorious weather! It's fall in Miami and as the temperature cools off, the restaurant scene heats up!Already we're seeing restaurants come onto the scene in anticipation of the arrival of snowbirds flying south for the winter, tourists ... More >>
It was nearly 10 o'clock on a Friday evening when Amir Ben-Zion strolled past the double doors of his new Design District eatery, South Street. Head cleanly shaven and dressed in distressed jeans, the 50-year-old sauntered by an expansive leather booth where Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union were twee ... More >>
The words pork-free seem to be the only thing people remember when Short Order broke the news of South Street's arrival at the former Sra. Martinez space. Not that we blame you. How can you make delicious soul food -- or in South Street's case neo soul food -- without it?
Alas, Amaris Jones says you ... More >>
September is a transitional month for Miami. It's the time when tropical storms and hurricanes tend to be their most active (though we had one scare it luckily turned out to be a non-event), snow birds are still up north, and many folks (especially those in the biz) take a break or a quickie vacatio ... More >>
Amir Ben-Zion's long-awaited eatery, Cooper Avenue, finally opens today. What started as Gigi Village has now morphed into a new concept that features New American cuisine -- contemporary dishes with a few twists.Last night, we were invited to the friends and family preview, which allowed us to scop ... More >>
What do a pre-butterfly caterpillar, a day at the hair salon, and adolescence tell us? You have to go through an awkward (or even ugly) stage before you emerge a beauty.The same happens with restaurants. Before opening to the public, they go through many months of sawdust-covered floors, sawhorses c ... More >>
Miami on Thursday will welcome fast-casual Asian eatery Pao Town, a project Abe Ng and his team, who run the Sushi Maki empire, have been working on for nearly a year.Local food enthusiasts began sneering at the fast-casual Asian concept almost as soon as it caught fire, yet the restaurants in ... More >>
Though generally slow-moving, August in Miami saw a surprising amount of new growth in the restaurant biz.Many restaurants opened including Michelle Bernstein's Crumb at the Webster and the reemergence of pop-up favorite Eating House.Speaking of pop-ups, Dining Room closed its doors on Washington Av ... More >>
The folks behind Phuc Yea! and The Federal have made their partnership legal, forming the Pious Pig Restaurant Group, and will pop out their first project in mid-September.
Acme Bakery & Coffee will open in the Brooklyn Bagel space in Midtown Miami, offering homemade pastries, breads and candie ... More >>
When Sra. Martinez bowed out of of the Design District back in July, we knew it wouldn't be long before the space would reopen with a new concept.Amir Ben-Zion, the man behind Gigi, Bardot, Cooper Avenue, and formerly Sra. Martinez, will be opening up South Street Restaurant & Bar, a Motown insp ... More >>
Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings June, 2012The big news in July regrettably revolved around closings: Sra. Martinez said adios in the Design District, David's Cafe II shut down its Lincoln Road branch, and Jamie DeRosa and Geoffrey Zakarian are now both gone from Tudor House, which sort of e ... More >>
See also "Cooper Avenue Arriving at New World Garage Space This Summer."
Bardot loves its clientele, almost as much as it loves great food and music.
The Midtown venue, owner Amir Ben-Zion, and crew are all about the finer things in life. So last Thursday, they showed their appreciation by bringi ... More >>
Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings May, 2012And so it came to pass that in the month of June, in the year of 2012, The Bazaar by José Andrés finally opened in the SLS Hotel South Beach. And with it, the also-heralded (if less so) Katsuya by Starck.After numerous permit delays, Macchialina Ta ... More >>
Last year, we broke the news that restauranteur and nightlife impresario Amir Ben-Zion was planning to open a South Beach outpost of Gigi at 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue. The location at the parking garage for the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center included 7,000 square feet of retail and restaurant ... More >>
For a popular restaurant to spawn a second locale is nothing new. Indeed, some restaurateurs claim that this is the only way to start seeing any real profits. Until recently, however, this phenomenon hasn't happened much in these parts. Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Le Sandwicherie, Sushi Maki and nu ... More >>
Photo by Paula NiñoWill Gigi soon have a South Beach sibling?Since last year, Gigi in midtown has been showered with acclaim from critics and foodies alike. But not even a year old, the restaurant recently lost its celebrity chef. So where does Gigi go from here? Well, if owner Amir Ben-Zio ... More >>
Chef Jeff McInnisGigi's owner, Amir Ben-Zion, confirms to Short Order that the rumors that Chef Jeff McInnis has left his position at Gigi are true.Ben-Zion explained that the split was amicable and it was never the intention of the restaurant or McInnis to stay beyond the first few months after ... More >>
Paula NiñoHalf of my Gigi BLTGigi opened in Midtown last Friday and Short Order finally made its way there to give it a try. Described as serving "cutting-edge, high-performance, communal comfort food," we weren't sure what to expect, but we enjoyed every bit of our visit.Gigi is the work of Ami ... More >>
*Cocowok, an "upscale fresh Asian takeout/delivery café," is due to open sometime next month in Cocowalk. Rice, noodle, and vegetable dishes will fill the menu, with accompanying proteins cooked to order. Appetizers, soups, and salads round out the bill of fare. We can now make it official: F ... More >>
*Essencia Restaurant & Lounge at The Palms Hotel & Spa has just introduced a new summer menu. Executive chef Frank Jeannetti, who refers to his restaurant food as "the pure essence of taste", is including new items -- for instance, miso-glazed black cod with celery root puree and sha ... More >>
Chef Jeff picks up another gigJust a few months short of his sixth year anniversary with the DiLido Beach Club at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Chef de Cuisine Jeff McInnis announced yesterday via e-mail that he is ditching that gig and collaborating on a new resto in Wynwood called Gigi.McInnis ... More >>
If you haven't already heard -- you probably haven't -- there is a new lounge/bar/we-aren't-entirely-too-sure opening up in Wynwood. We first heard about Bardot thanks to daily email site UrbanDaddy, but that still raised more questions than answers.This is what we do known: Amir Ben-Zion -- the ... More >>
This man loves Mac's Club Deuce. (Reason No. 293 why we love this man.)
Better Than: Pounding cheap beers between a soul-crushing double on the saute station.
The evidence, plainly, is undeniable: the best-selling books, the top-rated Travel Channel Show, the Top Chef judging gigs. Hell, even t ... More >>