Sure, Hurricane Matthew is a serious threat to South Florida, and with Miami in and out of the dreaded cone, the best we can do is prepare as much as possible. But after gassing the car, getting water, and bringing in the potted plants, what's left to do? The answer, of course, is eat and drink.
Restaurants and bars do more than just nourish. They provide camaraderie in the face of adversity. Most important, they can prove to be vital to people who simply don't want to ride out the storm alone.
Thankfully, a bunch of restaurants have vowed to stay open as long as they can. Some are equipped with generators. Some are offering to deliver pizza (and wine). Some are just a friendly port in a storm.
However, you should call ahead to make sure no plans have changed. And if Hurricane Matthew veers toward Miami, do not put yourself in harm's way to meet your friends for drinks.
That being said, here's a list of Miami restaurants that have announced they'll remain open during the storm. If you're a restaurant or bar owner and want to be added to this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @LaineDoss.
Restaurants under the 50 Eggs umbrella (Swine, Yardbird, Spring Chicken) will remain open.
Adrian Fish Market & Restaurant (3115 W. Okeechobee Rd., Hialeah Gardens)
Adrian will remain open Thursday, October 6.
The Coral Gables bar will stay open during the storm.
Batch Gastropub will be open unless the storm turns west. Under current conditions, the neighborhood gastropub will serve food and pour drinks for all Brickell patrons to enjoy. As far as delivery, Batch will offer service unless UberEats and/or other delivery partners deem it unsafe.
Bianca at the Delano
Bianca at Delano South Beach will be open regular hours Thursday. It will use the indoor dining room only.
The Brickell bar will remain open during the storm.
Blue Collar will remain open today and tomorrow (Thursday), serving during regular business hours.
Butcher shop is open tonight, October 5, closed Thursday, October 6, and will reopen Friday, October 7, at 5 pm.
Cafe del Mar (710 Washington Ave., Miami Beach)
Cafe del Mar will remain open Thursday and Friday, serving 24 hours.
Both SoBe and Little River locations are open!
Coral Gables Oktoberfest at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus
As of now, Fritz & Franz Bierhaus will celebrate Oktoberfest, with no cancellations. According to Chris at the restaurant, "the tents are up, and we're going to ride out the storm." Oktoberfest began this past Monday and runs through Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Dolce Italian at the Gale will be open today and Thursday for business as usual.
The Kendall burrito shop is open.
Drunken Dragon will open for dinner tonight, October 6.
The Miami Beach outpost of Andrew Carmellini's New York eatery at the W South Beach will stay open for its regular lunch and dinner hours.
If you need your pumpkin latte fix (Starbucks is closed), Europa, on Biscayne and 60th, is open.
Flanigan's and Big Daddy's Liquors
Both are staying open as long as possible — all locations.
Gianni's at the Villa
Gianni's plans to remain open for business today through Friday, serving during normal business hours.
Gramps is open for business today and tomorrow.
The iconic Coconut Grove eatery will be open today and tomorrow.
Both the Coconut Grove and Calle Ocho locations are open to sell wine to go and to enjoy in.
Hiro Sushi Express (1518 Washington Ave., Miami Beach)
Hiro will remain open Thursday, October 6.
The Irish Times
This pub will remain open during the storm.
It's business as usual at Juvia, remaining open today, Thursday, and Friday for regular operating hours.
Lulu in the Grove
Lulu in the Grove will be open today and tomorrow.
MC Kitchen will close Thursday, October 6, and plans to reopen Friday, October 7. The restaurant is open tonight and invites guests to get food to go for any hurricane parties they might be planning.
Mignonette will remain open today and Thursday, serving during normal business hours.
Mike's at Venetia
Mike's at Venetia will be open regular hours as long as there's power.
Mina's Yasmine Kotb says the shutters are up but the restaurant is open.
PM Fish & Steakhouse
PM will stay open for business today, Thursday, and Friday.
The Brickell restaurant plans to stay open during the hurricane for both dine-in and delivery, stating:
Hurricane Matthew may stay to the east, but if it doesn't, Perricone's has you covered. We'll continue to deliver food, wine, and craft beer to help you weather the storm. If you're the type to brave the elements, you can always dine here. We have back-up power generators and will remain open.
South Florida Publix stores will operate under normal business hours until further notice. The company has set up a Publix Store Status page to provide updates about closings.
Purdy will stay open during the storm.
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana
The Lincoln Road restaurant will be open Thursday for lunch and dinner, though it might close a little early if weather worsens. The restaurant will be open Friday for dinner. Those braving the storm can enjoy Quattro’s new Pranzando i Cenando Al Quattro – a three-course, $25 lunch and three-course, $39 dinner menu available through October.
Repour will stay open Thursday, October 6.
Most Sedano’s Supermarkets have backup generators and will stay open to serve the community as weather permits. Stores in Miami-Dade will remain open today until 10 p.m. Broward County stores will remain open until midnight and will reopen at 6 a.m. Thursday, October 6.
Serendipity Creamery (both locations) will operate under normal business hours until further notice. Customers are advised to call for current information and flavors 305-865-1506.
Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Sugarcane is open and is also delivering food locally.
Sugar Factory Ocean Drive
The Ocean Drive location of this Kardashian palace of sweets will remain open today, tomorrow, and Friday.
Sushi Garage will stay open today through Friday for regular hours.
All locations will remain open Thursday, October 6.
The South Beach bar will remain open during regular business hours for the rest of the week. According to partner John Lermayer, "Sweet Liberty will be open if you need a place to drink or ride out the storm, charge your devices, eat warm food, or watch playoff baseball. We got you! Be safe, be smart, and eat oysters."
Teixeira Portugal Restaurant (1569 Sunset Dr., South Miami)
Teixeira will remain open Thursday.
Tino's in Brickell plans to remain open during Hurricane Matthew. In addition, it will deliver pizza and wine in the neighborhood as long as conditions remain safe. The delivery area is from SE Fifth to SE 14th Street and from SE First Avenue to Brickell Bay Drive. Tino's has a generator, so the restaurant could be a port in the storm for Brickell residents.
The UberEats app will remain open and available as long as conditions allow. However, the company has told drivers to monitor updates from state and local officials and follow orders if any are given. UberEats also relies on the availability of its restaurant partners.
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Veni Vidi Vici Social Club
The "VVV" will open at 7 p.m. tonight, October 6, weather permitting.
Versailles will be open today, October 5, and plans to open Thursday morning, October 6. The restaurant will monitor the weather and act accordingly. Check this post for more details.
Vice City Bean
Vice City Bean will remain open during the storm, as weather permits.
All locations of the 24-hour breakfast favorite are scheduled to stay open during the storm. The Waffle House has set up a hotline that patrons can call for updates: 1-877-9-WAFFLE (1-877-992-3353).