Bernie Matz

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Chef Allen to Revamp the Cafe at Books & Books on Lincoln Road

    The Cafe at Books & Books has long been a Lincoln Road fixture. In a sea of cafes with colorful umbrellas offering overpriced and underwhelming food for unaware tourists, Books & Books served up honest, delicious meals at reasonable prices. Plus, if you forgot reading material, a good story (and f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Bernie's L.A. Cafe Has Closed: Is Alton Road Construction to Blame?

    Bernie's L.A. Cafe, the casual South Beach restaurant dedicated to healthful pan-Latin eats, has closed. Last night, a representative from the restaurant confirmed Bernie's was serving its last dinner service. This closure does not come as a surprise, though. In June, owner Bernie Matz told Short ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Alton Road Construction: Restaurant Killer

    Chef Bernie Matz says that carving up Alton Road has taken a bite out of his business. Matz, who is executive chef of Lincoln Road's Café at Books & Books, also owns Bernie's L.A. Café on 15th and Alton. He's worried about whether his restaurant can survive the summer. The state project is expect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    January 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Happy New Year!  2013 looks like it's going to be a great year for Miami food lovers. It seems that since the first of the year, either a new restaurant has opened -- or announces plans to join the scene.Some trends we've been noticing -- New York restaurateurs continue to open southernmost out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    The Meatball Joint Closes

    The Meatball Joint, Bernie Matz's third South Beach restaurant, closed yesterday evening with a meatball and craft beer party, thrown by chef/owner Bernie Matz. The restaurant, which opened spring of 2012, was located on Alton Road, adjacent to chef Matz's Bernie's L.A. Cafe. Matz, who also runs th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    30th Books & Books Anniversary Street Party: They Came, They Ate, They Gushed

    The Facebook message said, "Here at Books & Books we're celebrating our 30th anniversary this Sat. (11/3/12) and everyone is invited to our street party." There were thousands of replies from people who had left a "will attend" message. Not surprisingly, since Books & Books has a very loyal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    The Meatball Joint Rolls Up Short

    The cool thing about focusing on one food is that you get to prepare it just right. Like the Meatball Shop on Stanton Street in New York City. Two guys -- one of whom, Daniel Hotzman, has been cooking since a four-year stint at Le Bernardin starting at age 15 -- came up with a great meatball and bui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings, May 2012

    May was certainly an eventful month concerning Miami dining. A trio of favorites closed shop (Anise Taverna Rustica, Fratelli Lyon, Sustain Restaurant Bar), and newcomer Mare Nostrum dropped away faster than squid on a stripper pole.There were quite a few openings, the ones of note mostly debuting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Chat Chow TV Talks Food With Miami Chefs, Mixologists and Restauranteurs

    Chat Chow TV sprung onto the web in mid-April, bringing weekly video interviews with the people behind Miami's restaurant industry. The site is run by Giovanni Gutierrez, a local web developer, his fiancée Lauren Bernat - who became a hit on YouTube a few years ago when Gutierrez posted a video of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    First Look: Bernie's L.A. Café on South Beach

    Lee KleinThe $9 red plate special​Bernie's L.A. Café opened to a packed house on Alton Road last week, and continues to pack 'em in this week, too. Part of the built-in appeal is the familiarity with chef/owner Bernie Matz, who has a following from his Cafe at Books & Books. There is no liter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Hype and Psychos: Miami Wine & Food Fest, Books & Books, and Me

    ​Another Culinary Cattle Call The Miami Wine & Food Festival begins this week (April 22-24). Tickets cost $250 for VIP (presumably meaning you won't get treated like sheep), $100 at the door (baaah, baaah), and $75 in advance (baaah, baaah). If you want to attend the interactive dinner wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Books & Books Cafe On Lincoln Road in Miami Beach Celebrates 5 Years

    publicity shotBernie Matz with fish and crew.​Books are like glasses, people think they make them look smart. South Beach's version of reading is eating at a book store on Lincoln Road, hence the success of Books & Books Cafe (927 Lincoln Road), now in its fifth year.To celebrate they're offer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Los Sabores Del Mercado Venza at Lincoln Road Farmers Market

    Image via Specialized to vegetize. With a name that roughly translates as "Oye hijodeputa gringo, learn Spanish already," Los Sabores Del Mercado Venza is a free, bilingual event taking place Sunday, June 28 at the Lincoln Road Farmers Market at Lincoln Road and Euclid Av ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 21, 2005