John DeLucie will be the chef at the soon-to-open restaurant in the newly renovated Marlin Hotel in South Beach. DeLucie is best known for his celebrity-magnet New York City eatery The Lion. Celebrities are likely the only ones able to afford the prices there: the house burger is $21, signature chicken pot pie is $25, pastas run from $24 to $45, and a la carte steaks are $41 to $125.
Short Order, on a tip from our source Strep Throat, called The Marlin to confirm the news about DeLucie and to see if any other details were available. The hotel manager Erica, who was very pleasant and helpful over the phone, answered "yes, that's true," when asked about the NY chef returning to work at The Marlin. She had no other details, except to say that the restaurant should hopefully be open "at the end of the month."
"They are still working on the decoration, the concept, and all that; that's what they're doing right now." Erica also filled me in on The Marlin Hotel, which after extensive renovations had a soft reopening about a month ago. Who knew?
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Update: According to John DeLucie's New York publicist, "John is talking to several potential partners in Miami. At this time nothing is confirmed."