March 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

Swine Southern Table & Bar brings Southern flavor to Coral Gables.
Swine Southern Table & Bar brings Southern flavor to Coral Gables.
Laine Doss

The term March Madness applied to the restaurant scene in Miami this past month. Several heavily anticipated venues by some heavy-hitters arrived:

Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management opened Biscayne Tavern at the b2 hotel in downtown Miami. Though the restaurant is still in its soft-opening phase, there are more than two dozen beers to pair with the gastropub's simple yet satisfying food.

Michael Schwartz's Cypress Room opened in the Design District. In a departure from his two casual eateries, Schwartz has gone upscale with white-linen service, wine-pairing dinners, and classic cocktails.

50 Eggs' Swine Southern Table & Bar brings Southern hospitality, communal dining, and a large bourbon selection to Coral Gables.

March also saw the closings of two Miami-area favorites. After seven years, neighborhood pub Clarke's closed, and Clive's Café shuttered after nearly four decades.

Hotly anticipated spring openings include Jamie DeRosa and Michael Reginbogin's Tongue & Cheek and California transplant Umami Burger.



  • Brooklyn Water Bagel Company
  • Clarke's
  • Clive's Cafe
  • Tikl


  • La Camaronera is now open for dinner Friday and Saturday evenings
  • Blue Collar is open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays, with a late-night menu.


Coming Attractions

  • Acropolis Greek Taverna - Bellydancing coming to the Grove.
  • Aoki Teppanyaki - Coming to Dadeland.
  • Aroma Espresso Bar - Coming to Dadeland.
  • Balan's - Opening another location in Dadeland.
  • Barley & Swine - Opening in Dadeland.
  • Barnickel's - Coconut Grove eatery opening soon.
  • Bar Lorenzo - Top Chef Tony Mantuano is opening an Italian restaurant soon.
  • Barezzito - Late night sushi to open in SoBe.
  • Batch - Gastropub coming to Brickell.
  • Biscayne Tavern - opening at b2 Hotel in Miami.
  • Bobby Flay's Burger Palace - Coming to Dadeland.
  • Bricktop's - Chain restaurant coming to Coral Gables.
  • Boxpark - The Hoxton's sibling, coming spring 2013.
  • Capriccio - On the river, coming soon.
  • Charles St. - Opening soon.
  • China Grill - Moving to Brickell.
  • Cibo Wine Bar - The second location, coming soon.
  • Cipriani - New York icon due at the Icon Brickell.
  • Earl's Kitchen & Bar - Coming to Dadeland.
  • Gravity Brewbar - Opening in Wynwood.
  • Harvey Wolf - Completes the trio of European pubs, along with Boxpark and The Hoxton.
  • HuaHua's - Todd Erickson's Lincoln Road tacqueria to open early 2013.
  • Ikea - Coming 2014
  • Jefe's Original Fish Taco & Burger - One of Miami's first food trucks goes brick and mortar.
  • La Cantina 20 - Another Icon tenant getting set to move in.
  • Lure Fishbar - The New York seafood restaurant is coming to the Loews Miami Beach.
  • Milk Burger - New York burger joint teasing us with hints of a Miami location.
  • N Lounge - Kevin Cory to open a lounge next door to NAOE.
  • Panther Coffee - Opening second location in SoBe.
  • Perfecto Mediterranean Cafe - Opening in Brickell.
  • Poor Man's Lobster - From the folks at Mandolin.
  • Restaurant du Cap - Philippe Ruiz' much anticipated venue coming to Brickell.
  • The Restaurant at The Raleigh - Michael Schwartz' venture arriving winter 2013.
  • Spaghetto - One just opened, several more in the works.
  • SushiSamba - Opening second Miami-area location in Coral Gables.
  • Sweetness Bake Shop - Another branch of the popular shop opening in Hialeah.
  • Tongue & Cheek -- Jamie DeRosa and Michael Reginbogin's joint venture to open in the next few weeks.
  • Trader Joe's - Coming to Pinecrest in 2013.
  • Umami Burger - The California craze is opening in Miami Beach.
  • Urban Oxy - Coffee house with affordable bites.
  • VooDoo BBQ and Grill - Bringing some mojo to Kendall.
  • Wolfgang Steakhouse - Wolfgang Zwiener announces a Miami opening.
  • Wynwood Brewing Company - Opening soon.
  • Yard House - Chain grub with many many beers.

Projects in the Works
A fast-casual Asian concept by 50 Eggs is coming to South Beach, adjacent to the original Lime on Alton Road.

Giorgio Rapivicoli is planning a cocktail lounge adjacent to his Coral Gables restaurant, Eating House. He's also working on a doughnut shop.

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