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Best of Miami 2012 - Best Restaurateur: John Kunkel

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Yardbird executive chef Jeff McInnis and restaurateur John Kunkel.
Yardbird executive chef Jeff McInnis and restaurateur John Kunkel.

Best Restaurateur
John Kunkel


Taste Bakery & Café, which opened on South Beach in 2001, was John Kunkel's first Miami Beach restaurant. Three years later, he sold Taste, which is still going strong, and started Lime Fresh Mexican Grill. Lime proved very popular, which led to the opening of 15 other locations in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Eight years after founding Lime, Kunkel sold the chain to Ruby Tuesday for $24 million. He stepped down as CEO but remains involved with Ruby Tuesday and Lime's further growth. Last year, Kunkel and his 50 Eggs Restaurant Group opened Yardbird Southern Table & Bar to critical and popular acclaim. Next up is Swine, a pork-centric spot in the former Les Halles space on Ponce de Leon Boulevard. And after that, Kunkel is looking to launch another fast-casual chain featuring Southeast Asian street food. He is creative, passionate, successful, and driven to keep doing more. What else could you ask for from a restaurateur?

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Taste Bakery Cafe

900 Alton Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-695-9930

www.tastebakerycafe.com

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Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

1600 Lenox Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-538-5220

www.runchickenrun.com

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Swine Southern Table & Bar

2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

786-360-6433

www.runpigrun.com


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