Real-estate developer Thomas Kramer was once worth $100 million. The German-born bad boy was a South Beach pioneer and a stalwart of the party scene in the 1990s. Lately, he has suffered severe financial problems, the result of a $244 million Swiss court judgment against him. Now he has told lawye ... More >>
So it hurt when Miley Cyrus ducked out of a planned party at Miami Beach's Fontainebleau to hang out with Ryan Seacrest on New Year's Eve. But now a company run by the emir of Dubai has sold a stake in the hotel that it bought for $375 million in 2008. Jeffrey Soffer, daytime gossip mag regular an ... More >>
At Lippi, you should really eat your vegetables. The handsome Brickell restaurant, perched amid shimmering Christmas trees, offers a Mediterranean-inspired menu that features $75 Dover sole and $30-per-ounce Kobe beef. But perhaps more interesting, it also proffers roasted baby carrots and turnips f ... More >>
Fashion maven Roberto Cavalli is best known for his exotic prints and curve-hugging jeans, but the Florentine designer is also a restaurateur with restaurant/clubs in Milan and Dubai. Both locations offer glittering, Studio 54-esque experiences, Italian cuisine, and celebrity appearances by the like ... More >>
Serafina, the Italian restaurant chain that dominates New York City with its signature yellow and blue logo, has opened its first Miami location in the former Tudor House space at the Dream South Beach hotel.The restaurant, which has ten locations in Manhattan, East Hampton, White Plains, and Philad ... More >>
Toro Toro opens tomorrow, October 25, at the InterContinental hotel in downtown Miami. The restaurant is part of a renovation of the hotel, which was once Miami's largest and finest convention property. With many new hotels opening in downtown, the InterContinental's facelift, which includes artwork ... More >>
The thought of hotel restaurants doesn't sound the least bit appealing to most locals. If South Beach were a mouse trap for tourists, over-priced, mediocre quality hotel restaurants would be the cheese. Of course, there are exceptions to this. Restaurants like Hakkasan at The Fontainebleau and D.B ... More >>
The end is near. Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, and Steve Angello just revealed the 26 dates for their One Last Tour in a most melodramatic fashion, announcing each new show about a minute apart. The world will be excited to know that the SHM guys are saying goodbye to almost e ... More >>
Dear South Beach Residents Who Say We Never Visit Them Anymore Since They Moved to the Beach:So, um, we read this over at Huffington Post Miami's blog about how you never want to leave the Beach.You're right.We've noticed you never want to part ways with your precious little 33139. That's fine. You' ... More >>
Tony restaurant chain Cipriani and Mexican chain La Cantina No. 20 have leased space at Icon Brickell.According to the South Florida Business Journal, the restaurants struck a deal with the building's owners after being on the market for nearly four years. The leased space encompasses three stories ... More >>
Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie, a fast-casual restaurant, has opened in Brickell, bringing Colombian-style chicken and sides to Miami. If the name sounds familiar, it's because Kokoriko Chicken has been open in South Miami for years. Both restaurants are owned by the same parent company, by the way. Th ... More >>
Deadmau5's New Year's Day Pool Party With Stephan Luke, Troy Kurtz, and Damaged Goods Fontainebleau Miami Beach Sunday, December 1, 2012 Better Than: A night without a jillion jiggawatts of bass. Trillion dollar hotel, international DJs, good-looking people getting wild and out of control? What ... More >>
Serendipity 3 plans to bring its over-the-top treats to SoBe.Iconic Manhattan ice cream restaurant and celebrity hotspot Serendipity 3 plans to open in South Beach, bringing Frrrozen Hot Chocolate and sundaes priced like mortgage payments to the rich and beautiful of South Florida.Serendipity 3 h ... More >>
Five teacup puppies, valued at a total of $4,100 and countless immeasurable units of adorableness, were snatched from the Puppy Dream pet store on Bird Road this weekend. The store's cameras caught an unidentified woman committing the unspeakable crime of grand theft cute.
Fontainebleau Miami BeachBanquet Chef de Cuisine Simon Bowker moved to the U.S. to take on the kitchen management of a massive event space at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. In the first part of our interview we got the lowdown on what it's like to work in Dubai, and how he handled the press ... More >>
Fontainebleau Miami BeachChef de Cuisine Simon Bowker technically has the biggest job at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. He oversees the banquet program, which encompasses more than 220,000 square feet of event space (and you thought your two thousand square foot apartment was impressive). H ... More >>
Octopus pinchos. Really, there's no place in Miami more appropriate to eat tapas than Coral Gables. This city has the look of old Spain, perfect for a new authentic Spanish restaurant. Lizarran is coming to town with paella, tapas and pinchos ready to enter your belly.The Coral Gables location is th ... More >>
If your name were "Steve Lawler," you'd probably spend Wednesday afternoon spinning for the Masters of the Universe on the deck of some Cyprian millionaire's giga yacht off the coast of Dubai. Then Thursday, you'd take the red-eye back home to collate your 1001 solid-platinum platters. And Friday ... More >>
On Monday we previewed the upcoming Friday night performance by Matt Tolfrey at Electric Pickle and with the date nearing, it's already clear that this is one booking highly anticipated by the local EDM cognoscenti. The talented British DJ/producer and Leftroom label owner has taken the London un ... More >>
Wellington resident Rob Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice to you) is back with a brand new invention. Well, it's kind of brand new. And kind of his invention. Either way, this collaboration with the Irish pop duo Jedward (teenage twins named John and Edward) went to number two on the UK charts. And the subse ... More >>
Miapolis at night.For nearly a decade, Guillermo Socarras has had a dream of constructing the world's tallest building in Miami. But plans have shifted. Backers, if they were ever really there, have backed out. The local economy, especially the building boom, has flat-lined. And just earlier this ... More >>
New York's Shake Shack arrives to Miami at 1111 Lincoln Road in 2010.After facing success in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and then Dubai, where does a contemporary Japanese restaurant go to continue on it's golden culinary path? Why Miami, of course! At least that's the way German chef Rainer Beck ... More >>
Laura MassaThen.Last December, New Times went deep into the strange world of Miami's lawless exotic rental car market- a niche industry that seems to attract more than its fair share of fly-by-night hustlers. One of our wierdest encounters revolved around Exoticars, a tiny store on the ground-floor ... More >>
The last time I was at the Forge, I was fresh out of a shit-stained relationship. Emotionally starved, I headed to the Miami Beach landmark for a meal that I knew would probably break my measly bank account, but the promise of a rich Lobster Thermidor melting in my mouth forced me to throw caution t ... More >>
New Times recently caught up with John Legend in between all kinds of action. After his high-profile appearances at the inaugural festivities, February will find the five-time Grammy winner playing Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the NBA All-Star Game, and the Dubai International Jazz Festival. Oh, ye ... More >>
How a mother of two ended up in a plot to smuggle high-tech gear to the enemy.
When stunningly gorgeous California native model-slash-actress Anna Elizabeth decided to open a nail spot in Miami, her vision was simple and clear. "She wanted to open a fly-ass nail shop where bitches could come and get pretty before partying," explains John Guillot, the sassy and hilarious manage ... More >>
Does David Fisher know there's a recession here?
In April, Bravo announced Miami Social, a reality show, excuse us, "docu-series" that follows five young South Beach-based professionals. Earlier this month, there was some chatter that the thing might not even air. Funny, though, how the show continues to film around town. Funny that apparently Bra ... More >>
Arms dealers in South Florida? Is this déjà vu all over again? We truly are America's Casablanca. The U.S. attorney in Miami just issued this release. Boy oh boychicle. First there was the South Beach party boy and his crappy weapons sold to the U.S. military and now this. War is immine ... More >>
Child's play? Camel racing doesn’t sound particulary insidious, but an unusual federal case pending in Miami is full of unthinkably dark details. In a class action complaint filed against two sheik brothers from the United Arab Emirates, attorneys for thousands of young Asian and African boys ... More >>
Take time for this Factory Model exhibit
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African millionaire Foutanga Dit Babani Sissoko opened his checkbook and stole Miami's heart. Not surprisingly, that wasn't the only thing he stole.