Jose Mendin on PB Station and Pawn Broker: "A Little Sexier" Experience by the Pubbelly Boys
PB Station is open.
Photo by Juan Fernando Ayora @juanfayora
PB Station opened Monday at the Langford Hotel at 121 SE First St. in downtown Miami, signaling two landmark moves for the Pubbelly Boys, who own and operate the restaurant.
This is the first foray to the mainland for the restaurant group that consists of Jose Mendin, Andreas Schreiner, and Sergio Navarro. It's also the first time the boys are helming a bar. Pawn Broker rooftop bar and lounge offers classic cocktails, tapas, and views of the Miami skyline.
PB Station features American cuisine with an emphasis on meats and seafood. The menu, created by
Just a few days into service, Mendin says things are going well. "We're still getting used to
Mendin says Pawn Broker is unique. "It's like nothing else in Miami, that's for sure. On the patio, you're surrounded by buildings. It's a beautiful setting."
Although this is the Pubbelly Boys' first foray off the Beach, Mendin says he has already noticed many familiar faces in the dining room. "So many people have been customers of Pubbelly. Some of them were regulars for years, but they disappeared. Now they're coming back to PB Station."
Classic cocktails at Pawn Broker.
Juan Fernando Ayora @juanfayora
The chef says it's a testament to the fact that many locals have decided to work and live
PB Station's menu incorporates many items from PB Steak and the PB Fish pop-up, Mendin says, but don't call it a steakhouse. "When we decided to do the restaurant at the hotel, we saw the space and decided it was a good opportunity to rebrand the concept and do what we really wanted to do."
Mendin describes the menu, driven by steak and seafood, as akin to the fare at an American craft eatery. "It's very approachable. You can have oysters from the raw bar, you can have a steak, or you can have composed dishes. You can also have just a few appetizers." Menu items include seafood-based charcuterie such as octopus pepperoni, rock shrimp mortadella, and Thai lobster sausage; Florida Wagyu filet mignon with foie butter and caramelized garlic; and Gulf swordfish with rock
The partnership with the newly opened Langford Hotel is a great fit, Mendin says. "The owners of the hotel are big fans of ours. They used to come into our restaurants all the time. They are very cool people."
Pawn Broker features cocktails by Derek
PB Station is open for breakfast seven days a week from 6:30 to 11 a.m.; lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and
Pawn Broker is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.. Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
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