Mandolin Aegean Bistro to Open at Soho Beach House
Mandolin Aegean Bistro in the Design District has some of the city's best outdoor seating.
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In an email sent to members, Soho House founder Nick Jones wrote the house is partnering with the owners of Mandolin Aegean Bistro to open an outpost of the restaurant at the private club's Miami Beach location. The 60-seat eatery, bookable only by Soho members and their respective guests (three maximum), will be called Mandolin at the Beach and is slated to launch in March.
It will takeover the Tiki Bar restaurant by the pool and will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mandolin will also be in charge of food and drinks for the pool and beach.
The original Mandolin opened in 2010 in the Design District and quickly won over locals and tourists with its charming outdoor space, friendly staff, and vibrant Turkish and Greek fare. During a media lunch last spring, the husband-and-wife team behind Mandolin, Ahmet Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis, said they were headed over to Turkey to work with Soho House on the food and beverage program for the club's Istanbul location. Erkaya and Koutsioukis are Turkish and Greek respectively.
In the email, Jones writes: "Our partnership not only enables us to be part of the existing Miami location, but also create more Mandolin outposts around the world." This suggests Mandolin might become a presence in Soho House's apart from Miami and Istanbul, but we weren't able to obtain confirmation from either of the parties in time for this article.
However, Koutsioukis did write the following in an email: "We are so excited to be partnering with Soho House. There are a lot of exciting new things in the coming year." She did not answer subsequent question from New Times before this story went to press. She also posted a photograph of the pool at Soho Beach House to her Instagram account and captioned it: "Mandolin Beach opening at the Soho House Miami in late March. Took this shot right before we left for Istanbul. Missing you Miami on this freezing day!"
Nick Jones founded Soho House in London in 1995 as a place for individuals in creative fields to meet and interact. Today there are 13 clubs around the world, and member applications are reviewed twice yearly. The Miami location goes by Soho Beach House and features Cecconi's, a romantic Italian restaurant open to the public.
New Times awarded Mandolin the title of best Greek restaurant in 2010, and we're excited for the eateries' next chapter. We just hope none of the things we love about this place get lost in the expansion.
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